The deadline is fast approaching for The Salvation Army's third Building a Legacy in One Night Dinner. The April 1 event is a collection of 21 dinner parties held in restaurants and private homes throughout the Modesto area and at one home in Oakdale. All are at 6:30 p.m. Deadline to order tickets is March 16.
"These are not your usual fund-raising dinners," said Susan Mendieta Beasley, committee volunteer. "Guests select one dinner party to attend -- that's the tough part, as the dinners each offer unique menus, themes and entertainment."
Here's how it works. Guests review the 21 parties and respond with their top four choices. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and dinners vary in price. Here's a sampling:
Concetta proprietor Paul Tremayne will serve tapas, along with a sampling of French and continental cuisine.
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Pure Joy Bakery chef Bryan Ehrenholm will offer dinner in a private home overlooking the seventh fairway of the Del Rio Country Club Golf Course.
Shane Azevedo, head chef at the Whitmore Mansion in Ceres, and Nancy Pope will prepare time-period-correct dishes. The band Home Grown will entertain.
Paper Moon Café will serve dishes from the Chinese provinces of Shanghai, Hunan and Szechwan. Entertainment is the "Magic to Mystify" show by Dr. Harry Brown.
Tony Roma's for Ribs will prepare onion rings, rib entrees and dessert; magician Jonathon Marshall performs.
A private home in Oakdale will feature a Mexican fiesta, and guests can enjoy the view of Yosemite.
Some restaurants are able to accommodate 20 or so guests, while private homes may be able to host only 10 or 12.
Among participating restaurants are Harvest Moon, Galletto Ristorante, Cayenne Creole Cuisine, Bacchus Food & Spirits, Hazel's, Ciao Bella Ristorante, Tresetti's World Caffe, Vito's Ristorante, Papapavlo's Mediterranean Bistro and Clayton's.
All funds raised benefit The Salvation Army's Building a Legacy Campaign. The nonprofit organization has been providing services to those in need in Stanislaus County since 1895.
To make a reservation, call Carole Stuart at 522-3209 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.