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Eating out for a good cause

If you like to eat and help local causes at the same time, several opportunities are coming up.

Fashion show box lunch

How does this menu sound?

  • Marinated grilled vegetables served on croissant with herb garlic aioli, shredded Parmesan cheese, leaf lettuce and sliced tomato;

  • Orzo pasta with shredded oven-roasted chicken, caramelized onion, orange zest and olive oil;

  • Fruit salad made with sliced strawberries, chopped mint and a simple syrup;

  • Mini chocolate chunk cookies.

    Jennifer Denton, chairwoman of the food committee, said you can enjoy this lunch-in-a-hatbox tied with bright ribbon April 26 while checking out the fashions, costumes and decorations at the fourth annual Styles & Statements fashion show.

    This $50-per-person benefit for the Community Free Clinic of Decatur and Morgan County will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Point Mallard Pavilion. Call the Decatur General Foundation office, 341-2187, by Thursday for reservations.

    Vintage Princess

    A wide range of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served at the Vintage Princess fundraiser April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sexton Building on the river.

    The menu, to be catered by Shelly Ross, owner of Lagniappe's and Giovanni's Italian Grill, includes:

  • Giovanni's award-winning crab cakes with herb aioli;

  • Asian meatballs on snow pea skewers;

  • Bacon-wrapped barbecue shrimp;

  • Raspberry chipotle chicken drummettes;

  • Roasted red pepper dip with pita chips;

  • Vegetable crudite basket with creamy blue cheese and scallion dip, Mediterranean olives;

  • Fruit and cheese platter.

    Desserts will include trays of chocolate-dipped strawberries and cream puffs, lemon meringue kisses and mini chocolate cups with white chocolate mousse. A variety of flavored syrups and whipped cream will join regular, decaf and flavored coffees at the "mocktini bar."

    Many varieties of wine and beer will be available for tasting at this $60-per-person benefit for education programs at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. Call the Princess, 350-1745, to make reservations.

    - Patrice Stewart

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