Feast on the Flavors of York for a good cause


If you're an adventurous eater, you'll probably have a great time at Temple Beth Israel's fundraiser, Flavors of York.

The event, which will take place from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Yorktowne Hotel, will feature 20 local restaurants, caterers and other food vendors, as well as two hotel-run bars, a silent auction and music by jazz standards band Five/Four.

For the price of a $35 ticket, participants can sample dishes from Tutoni's, The Handsome Cab, Janina's Fine Desserts, the Blue Moon Restaurant, Deli Delicious, Viet Thai Cafe, Anstine's Candy, Central Family Restaurant, The Copper Crust, Crazy Corkey's Kettle Corn II, DiCarlo Pizza, Esaan Thai, The Fizzy Bee, Mezzogiorno, Mi Caldero, Spectrum Catering, Sweet Willows Creamery, Word of Mouth Cupcakes and York City Pretzel Co.

"This is a showcase of all the great eateries in York, and it's an honor to be considered as one of them," said Toni Calderone, co-owner of Tutoni's.

Tutoni's, which opened its doors about 16 months ago, specializes in fresh, local Italian food. Calderone said it's hard to say what the chef will prepare for the event. "We are a scratch fresh kitchen ... the menu could change 17 times from now until then," she said. But the restaurant will definitely offer one of its house-made pastas, she said.

Participants can buy individual tickets or sponsor a table or the silver and cutlery for the event or the book the Temple is producing, which will list the vendors and sponsors who participate in the event and will be distributed to attendees.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Doing Good for Goode program, in which members of the temple's congregation and the larger community donate time and materials to support the Alexander D. Goode Elementary School.

"We want to support the program because they're doing amazing things, and we want to keep it thriving," said Deena Gross, president of the Beth Israel congregation.

Vivian Lazar, a trustee of the temple, is organizing the event.

"We hope the community rallies to support us — if you're a foodie, or even if you're not a foodie," she said.

The temple has a total of 500 tickets for the event, and many of them are already gone, she said.

The program: Nada Seidon, Doing Good for Goode program coordinator, said she doesn't have a specific idea yet where the raised money will go. Perhaps it will go toward something "a little more substantial" than what the program has so far been able to provide with donated materials and money, such as computers or other equipment. "They need a lot of things," she said.

This fall, the program is conducting its second school-supplies drive, in which members of the temple's congregation donate school supplies that will be distributed to kids at the school.

The group, along with various members of the community, also is in the process of rehabbing the school's neglected courtyard.

Over the years, Seidon said, the courtyard has been in and out of use. When Doing Good for Goode started work on it, the area had been unused for three years and had become an overgrown "weed haven."

Seidon and other volunteers, including congregation member Kim Mirsky, went into the courtyard and started clearing weeds and replanting to "bring the area back to life," Seidon said.

Then, Hively Landscaping spent a day of service transforming the courtyard, rebuilding beds for which lumber store John H. Myers and Son donated the wood. Local nurseries have donated plants.

This summer the garden was used to grow vegetables and herbs.

"We've had harvests of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash ..." Seidon said.

Volunteers also restored a manmade pond in the courtyard, which had a broken pump and stagnant water.

"Now there are ducks and frogs," Seidon said.

The group also has planted perennials to attract bees and hummingbirds to "balance out the ecology," she said.

The garden gets attention from both volunteers and students, and the area will soon become a learning space as well.

"We asked teachers if they wanted to be able to use the courtyard as an outdoor classroom, and they said yes," Seidon said.

Mirsky contacted a Boy Scout troop, which agreed to make seating for the courtyard. Boy Scouts also are making a compost bin and an A-frame structure on wheels that will be able to hold "planting pockets" for seedlings so students can garden in the classroom.

Seidon wanted to stress that the program extends far past her congregation. It's a community effort, she said.

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