A filling, and fulfilling, evening for kids

The folks in the foothills and the surrounding areas are probably still patting their full stomachs as they fondly recall the culinary events last weekend.

Glendale Healthy Kids held their annual “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” events last Saturday and Sunday at several local homes and venues.

Participation in the fundraisers was $75 per person, which provided ticket holders the opportunity to choose one of eight multi-course meals hosted by generous donors.

At the Pagliuso home, Glendale firefighters cooked, cleaned, served and even danced their way through a backyard barbecue.

Mary and Dr. Donald Boger prepared a feast at their home that included bruschetta appetizers, cucumber sorbet with caviar, peach Champagne soup and rack of lamb. The chief server of the evening was none other than Dr. Michael Escalante of the Glendale Unified School District.

The La Cañada home of Lynda Burlison offered both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare, all served by Glendale Adventist Medical Center nurses.

It was nothing but smiles at the Sadd residence. Guests dined under the stars, enjoying sumptuous seafood and a full buffet.

The Tam O’Shanter Restaurant provided the meal for Steve and Pam Ropfogel’s “Martinis, Magic and Moonlight” at their Glendale home. The evening kicked off with appetizers, then moved on to prime rib, mashed potatoes and “The Tam’s” renowned creamed spinach.

For those who were interested in an early affair, Favorite Place Restaurant offered an international brunch Sunday afternoon, provided by Sarkis and Alisa Asmarian, Favorite Place’s owners.

Sunday evening offered two different locations for dinner. Casa Sarita, the exotic home of Helen McDonagh and Andrew Garsten, offered fantastic views of Los Angeles as guests enjoyed dishes provided by Damon’s Steak House.

In Pasadena, Linda Jordan of Ruth Chris Steak House opened the doors of the restaurant for a four-course menu.

For the first time, a pre-event cocktail party was hosted by the Glendale Association of Realtors. “Guess Who’s Coming to Cocktails?” was a private affair that hosted 60-70 people. According to Camille Levee, executive director of Glendale Healthy Kids, the Guess Who events ended up serving meals to about 240 people in the eight different locations. They are one of the largest fundraisers that GHK holds every year.

GHK helps to assure that children of low-income, underinsured families in Glendale and the surrounding areas have access to needed healthcare.

Their next event is the USC School of Dentistry’s Mobile Dental Clinic. GHK hosts a comprehensive dental care clinic, treating approximately 120 children. Children receive cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions, and sealants during the weeklong clinic. The dates of the clinic are Nov. 14-20.

For more information, visit their website at www.glendalehealthykids.org.


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