Drive-through “Taste of Burnt Hills” raises $8,500

Taste of Burnt Hills / October 26, 2021 /

Thanks to support from so many!

preparing beef dinners

Spartan Catering staff prepared over 100 Sauerbraten Beef dinners.

The weather was perfect on October 20, 2021, as more than 150 local families participated for a second year in a “drive-through,” socially distanced version of the Taste of Burnt Hills annual fundraiser put on by the BH-BL Education Foundation and Spartan Catering.

Proceeds from the dinner and two raffle drawings will be used to fund grants for innovative projects and equipment requested by BH-BL teachers.

THANK YOU! to everyone who purchased dinners or raffle tickets, who volunteered in this event, or who helped spread the word.  Special thanks go to chef Nicky Boehm, the head of  Spartan Catering and her food service staff who created all the dinners. Customers entered the High School parking lot and drove up to the courtyard by the school cafeteria where Foundation volunteers handed them bags of food items that most had previously ordered online.

More than 400 dinners were sold along with 131 appetizers, and 204 desserts. The event had an international theme again this year and featured dinners from four traditions. The most popular option proved to be the American traditional turkey dinner, followed by German beef sauerbraten, Asian chicken teriyaki, and Italian stuffed eggplant parmesan.

pulling the name of the quilt winner

Dorie McArthur closes her eyes to choose the winning ticket in the Quilt Raffle from a container held by Foundation vice chair Anne Long.

The following day, Foundation volunteers pulled the winning tickets in both the Quilt and Gift Card Raffles. Altogether $1,062-worth of tickets were sold in the Quilt Raffle and $970 in the Gift Card Raffle

Winner of the queen-size quilt created by Peg Allocco was Young Parents United, a Schenectady-based human services agency whose members had bought some raffle tickets during the Lord’s Acre Fair back in September.

The Foundation is also very grateful to the following 37 local restaurants and businesses who donated one or more Gift Cards or Gift Certificates with values ranging from $5 to $100 for our raffle. The following winners have been notified by phone or email, and gift cards are being delivered to them or sent to them via the US mail. (Note: Multiple names listed below means the business donated multiple gift certificates.)

Augie’s Restaurant: Mike Brewster, Julie Oare, Jackie Martini
Burnt Hills Café: Jeanne Ferrante
Burnt Hills Hardware: Sally Ellms
Burnt Hills Optical: Fran Scrafford
Charlton Tavern: Barb Vanstrander
Countryside Stove & Chimney: Jackie Martini
Cupola: Barb Becker
Eagle Crest Golf Club: Tim Sinnenberg
Ellms Family Farm: Mary Brandt, Lori Pike
Empire State Aerosciences Museum: Michelle Griffin
Fabulous Hair & Nails: Joann Sutter
Fo’Castle Farm Store: Cyndie Williams, Leah Renzi
Gil’s Garage: Anastasia Fenton, Susan Messere
Hannaford Supermarket: Juliann DellaRocco
High Mills Garage: Jean Aabo
Lakeside Farms: Fran Scrafford, Dorie McArthur, Monique Clapper, Dave Aabo

Taste Committee members

Foundation Board members Dorie McArthur (left), Sally Ellms, Jackie Martini and Juliann DellaRocco record raffle winners and prepare to send out their gift cards.

Mail ’n’ More: Rina Bell
Market 32/Price Chopper: Cyndie Williams
Mary Kay Consultant Monique Clapper:  Mike Brewster
Maxon’s American Grill: Jean Smith, Barb Vanstrander
Mayfair Jewelers: Dave Aabo
Meraki Hair Salon: Monique Clapper
Mohawk Taproom & Grill: David Collins, Janis Pitkin
Mountain Ridge Adventures: David Collins
Mr. Wok Chinese Restaurant: Barb Becker
Open Door Bookstore: Monique Clapper
Pizza Works – Burnt Hills: Emily Brown, Amy Wilson, Maryellen Symer, Jim Schultz, Carolyn Lee, Dottie Salvatore
Plush Hair Studio: Barb Becker
Regular’s Liquor Cabinet: Lori Pike
Scott’s Hallmark: Jean & Joe Walters
Slice Italian Eatery & Pizzeria: April Bushman
Smith’s Orchard & Bake Shop: Tim Sinnenberg, Lori Pike
Spritz Car Wash:  Sara McFadden, Janis Pitkin
Stella Pasta Bar & Bistro: Cyndie Williams
Super Nails: Barb Vanstrander
Waters Edge Lighthouse: Rina Bell
Wendy Nails: Leah Renzi