26th Annual Taster's Luncheon Is Saturday

Monday, September 16, 2013

Only a few days remain before the 26th Annual Taster’s Luncheon takes place on Saturday. Tickets are $15 and benefit the Walter E. Boehm Birth Defect Center. Doors open at 10 a.m. 

The Alpha Beta chapter has been hard at work organizing the event, selling tickets, planning delicious dishes to serve, collecting donated items for the Chinese Auction, and this week, luncheon volunteers will be visiting Coldwater Creek and Catherines to choose the fall fashions they plan to model. As an added plus on Saturday, Alpha Beta co-presidents Sue Beebe and Wanda Collins will appear on “3 Plus You” at 11 a.m. on WRCB-TV to discuss the luncheon and actually make one of the dishes being served.

With values of $25-$50, just a few of the items up for bid during the Chinese Auction are gift cards for Home Depot, Shuford's Bar-B-Q, and Southern Roots & Spa for a month of tanning. Photo frames, scarves, purses, and a black iron candle wall hanger, Rival mini-chopper, and Pampered Chef deep well cutting board are also among current items collected. Additional items not mentioned here will also be up for bid. Auction items may be bid on until serving commences at 11:30 a.m.

Some of the homemade dishes that will be served include corn bread salad, chocolate brownie trifles, minestrone salad, tarty apple salad, pecan tarts, chicken salad, taco salad, German potato salad, broccoli salad, grape salad, green bean salad, corn salad, pimento cheese, apple berry salsa with baked cinnamon chips, banana pudding, Ruth’s coleslaw, and chocolate lasagna. Prepare to indulge yourself as these and many other dishes will be offered.

After everyone has been served, the fashion show portion of the event begins and this is where emcee Jed Mescon shines. Local employees of Kohl’s (representing Kohl’s Cares for Kids) will escort models as the newest fall fashions are exhibited. Periodically during the show, Jed will draw the winning names for Chinese Auction items. There will be a special bidding auction with several items including a gift certificate for four at Council Fire Golf Course, complete with golf cart use, among other items. At the end of the luncheon, one lucky winner will win $100 in cash … but only advance tickets holders are eligible – all the more reason to get your ticket early.

Tickets are still available. The annual event is held at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 7111 Lee Highway in Chattanooga. Attendees with hearing loss will enjoy captioning provided by Linda Hershey. For more information about the ESA or tickets, call 423 266-5215.


Where We Eat Exhibit Features Works By Jane Newman Displayed At Local Restaurants

"Where We Eat," a series of paintings by local artist Jane Newman capturing familiar moments at some favorite local eateries, will be on exhibit June 19-July 28. It will be at Reflections Gallery, 6922 Lee Highway. Gallery hours are  10 a.m.-6 p.m . There will be an artist’s reception celebrating this exhibition on  Thursday, July 13,  from  ... (click for more)

Heaven & Ale Opening 3rd Location On The Southside; Hutton & Smith Plans 2nd Site On Riverside Drive

Heaven & Ale, which has locations on the Northshore as well as in Ooltewah, will be opening a third location on the Southside at 615 E. Main St. in the fall. The old Atlas Bolt and Supply store is currently being renovated for the business. The bar received a special events permit for June 3, 10 and 17, for an introduction opening for the new location. The event, Heaven & ... (click for more)

Several People Shot At Citgo On Glenwood Drive

Several people were shot at a convenience store in Glenwood on Monday afternoon. Two people were shot and there possibly was a third victim. One of the victims is believed to have life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported by Hamilton County EMS to the hospital. A second person who was shot went by personal vehicle. The incident happened around 2:40 ... (click for more)

Erlanger Pharmacies Sold To CVS For $10 Million; Units At East, North To Close

Retail pharmacies at Erlanger Health System are being sold to CVS for $10 million, officials said. The retail drug stores at Erlanger North in Red Bank and Erlanger East on Gunbarrel Road will close. Erlanger President Kevin Spiegel noted that CVS has its own pharmacies nearby those facilities. CVS will operate a pharmacy at the Medical Mall on the main Erlanger campus on ... (click for more)

Dennis Norwood: Through The Lens, My Early 4th Of July

Our wonderful nation’s birthday, the 4th of July, came early for me this year. Always one of my favorite holidays, perhaps it’s tied to that fact that my birthday is on Flag Day, this year’s early observance was extra special. The day was this past Sunday, June 25, and it came about as my wife and I attended a concert by our very favorite Christian artist, Sandi Patty, at Abba’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Deadly ‘Holy Trinity’

If you have grown tired and calloused to America’s horrifying opioid epidemic, please consider what the epidemic has become. A report last week found that, in the United States, emergency room cases including opioid abuse jumped a staggering 99 percent between 2009 and 2014. It is believed that last year over 60,000 Americans died from drug overdoses and – far worse – more than ... (click for more)