KenCrest will hold its second annual Taste of the Community fundraiser at in Blue Bell on Thursday, Sept. 13.
Eileen Falchetta, Media and Communications Manager for KenCrest, said the event is their biggest fundraising night of the year. During the first , over 250 people attended and over 25 local restaurants, breweries and wineries supplied food, wines and beers for tasting.
This year, the event has been moved to Blue Bell, and approximately 25 local restaurants and breweries will be at Prophecy Creek Park.
Falchetta said they have invited restaurants from every community that they serve, and while not every restaurant could come to the event, those that could not are sending items for the raffle baskets for the silent auction.
Restaurants that will be coming to the event include Arpeggio in Spring House, Broad Axe Tavern of Blue Bell, Cafe Lombardi in Horsham, Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, Zakes Cakes and Cafe in Fort Washington, and Sullivan’s Steak House in King of Prussia, as well as Magic Hat Brewing Company and Victory Brewing Company.
There will also be guest chefs, Christopher Allen Tanner, the Chef Director of the Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College, and Dr. Drew Nussbaum, of one of the top grillers in America.
Tanner will demonstrate how to prepare flavorful, traditional charcuterie items with a twist - they are vegan!
When you’ve had your fill, there will also be raffle baskets and a silent auction. Falchetta said there are 20 raffle baskets and there is something for men, women, pet lovers, children and more. Items include a night out in the city, a tourism in the city, a dog lovers basket, an Eagles basket and more.
KenCrest will also hold their “Dining Around” raffle again this year, where when you purchase your raffle ticket (a bottle of wine), you are entered to win dinner out at a nice restaurant for the year. Falchetta said this is one of their most popular raffles.
There are also three silent auction items, which include a bracelet from Lago Jewelers, a Total Wine wine tasting trip for up to 20 people and limo service; and a New York City tourism trip.
“It’s nice to see local businesses give back to us,” said Falchetta.
“People have really come together to support us on this event,” she added.
KenCrest supports over 8,500 children and adults with disabilities and autism, from infants to grown adults. Falchetta said in some cases they have been working with a family for over 40 years.
“This is the one time a year that people can learn about...and support KenCrest,” she said.
The event will be held Sept. 13 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Prophecy Creek Park on Skippack Pike in Blue Bell. Tickets to Taste of the Community can be purchased on the event website, by mail or at the door. Tickets are $50 per person. The new VIP tickets, for $75, gets you into the event, as well as $20 in raffle tickets and two drink donation tickets.