Applause for all those fundraiser meals

One of the really great things about being the community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times is getting regular information about a variety of fundraiser dinners that we have going on in our area.

I get all kinds of notices in all kinds of ways — from faxes to Facebook, from e-mails to honest-to-goodness human beings dropping off a flier about a dinner or breakfast being held here or there.

I don’t know how it is in other necks of the wood, but honestly, people with a few bucks in their wallet can eat their way to oblivion in our four-county circulation area encompassing Jefferson, Harrison, Brooke and Hancock counties.

Why would I even want to attempt to make spaghetti and meatballs or think about preparing baked steak or contemplate the complexities of cooking chicken or cabbage rolls when all I have to do is write a reminder on my calendar.

Why cook when you can eat so well for really reasonable prices?

I rest my food case.

Go east. Go west. Go north. Go south.

A fundraiser dinner is only a plate away — or a bowl.

How about all those wonderful soup and sandwich sales? There’s another reason to do a happy dance.

Chicken noodle. Vegetable. Broccoli cheese. Stuffed pepper. Yes!

I’ve had people tell me they look at my community page that runs in the paper on Mondays through Saturdays to check out what fundraiser meals are being held by churches and organizations and groups and such, and that’s how they plan and plot their next meal.

They are after my own heart — and stomach.

And this being fish fry time during the Lenten season, I’m truly in awe of all the places that are having fish frys with all those lovely sides — pierogi and coleslaw and macaroni and cheese and haluski.

I could develop fins before Easter and get “hooked” on these sort of fish fry feasts that places are offering on Fridays and some on Wednesdays, too.

A lot of these dinners feature homemade desserts all set out for the taking. Talk about some tough choices. Pie or cake? Chocolate or peanut butter? Cookies or fudge?

And a lot of the places send their menus, some more elaborate than others. I read them all with great interest, just like a cookbook. They’re good reads, and I appreciate that others handle the follow-through.

Depending on what time of day it is when I’m checking out all this information, I can be in high-salivating, loud-stomach-grumbling mode.

I’m happy to be the deliverer of all this great information.

There’s no news like food news. Happy eating wherever you end up.

(Kiaski, a resident of Richmond, is a staff columnist and community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at