Greenwood Fire Department has found a winning recipe with its Taste of Moosic fundraiser, which returns for its second year on Saturday, Nov. 10.
Taste of Moosic Take II will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Greenwood Fire Department banquet hall, Birney Avenue, Moosic. There, attendees will be able to sample specialty dishes from more than 20 local restaurants.
Tickets are $10, with all food samples included. A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door, but attendees are encouraged to purchase them in advance by calling 570-961-9454, messaging the fire department’s Facebook page, or stopping by the fire station any evening.
After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the fire department’s volunteer members decided Taste of Moosic was destined to become an annual event.
“We had a lot of success with it and a lot of interest from the community in doing it again,” said Moosic Fire Chief Chuck Molinaro. “We’re always looking for new and different ways to raise funding, and this is a unique way to do it.”
Indeed, events like Taste of Moosic have proven to be wildly popular with local foodies. The event is modeled off after fundraisers like the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton’s annual Gourmet Gala.
Many of the restaurants from last year’s event are returning, and just about all of the businesses are from the Triboro area.
“It’s up to them as far as what they bring, but we ask them to provide a signature dish. It’s a surprise for us, too,” Molinaro said. “Last year, we had a pretty good mix of appetizers, entrees and desserts. And it’s unlimited. You can go back for as many samples as you like.”
This year’s participants include: Arcaro & Genell; Amadeo’s; Anthony’s; Glenmaura Golf Club; Dino & Francesco’s; Taylor Deli; Picc’s Ice Cream; Grande; Nonno’s; S&P Concessions; Food & Fire; Penalty Box; Burger King; Mary Lou’s Pizza; Ramada; Meal Prep Grind; Berlew’s Hoagies; Terry’s Diner; Dunkin Donuts; Panchero’s; Legends at PNC Field; Nina’s Wing Bites; and Ruby Tuesday’s.
“We have a lot of great resources to pull from. The restaurants from the community really come forward to help,” Molinaro said.
Besides all the food, the event will include beverages, music provided by a local deejay and basket raffles.
All proceeds from the event will help defray the fire department’s annual operating expenses, Molinaro said.
“We do probably five or six fundraisers throughout the year, beyond our normal methods of obtaining income,” he said. “Everything helps. We’re very appreciative of people who participate in all of them. Through their generosity, we’re able to provide the community with uninterrupted service.”
IF YOU GO What: Taste of Moosic Take II, benefiting Greenwood Fire Department
When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Greenwood Fire Department banquet hall, Birney Avenue, Moosic
Details: Admission is $10, with all food samples included. A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door, but attendees are encouraged to purchase them in advance by calling 570-961-9454, messaging the fire department’s Facebook page or stopping by the fire station any evening. All proceeds benefit the fire department.