Story and Photos by Ed Kane
After a very successful tasting session at the home of Col. Larry and Sally Saunders in Lakewood, Gallucci’s Catering of Tacoma has been confirmed as the choice of Lakewood First Lions members to cater the upcoming “Night of Giving Auction.”
Six Lions Club members bid up to $30 each to be included in the tasting session to sample potential items considered for inclusion in the Asian cuisine auction dinner. The money will be added to the funds generated by the auction. Johnny Fleischmann, one of four lead chefs at Gallucci’s Catering, brought all the recipe ingredients with him to the Saunders home and prepared the meal for six. All participants raved about the tenderness and taste of everything Fleischmann prepared, and the selection of Gallucci’s was confirmed almost before the main course was even served.
While Gallucci’s boasts specialization in some particular international fares they enjoy preparing, Fleischmann said they “Never say no to anything,” because their staff loves to research different requests and come up with a winning combination to please their clients. He departed the dinner that evening with instructions to begin researching for the 2010 auction theme. This year’s theme is “Enter the Dragon.”
Yaki soba, boneless almond chicken and sweet and sour pork are among the recipes that will be served buffet style at the auction, with egg rolls and pot stickers for appetizers. Each item is just bursting with oriental flavorbut with that Gallucci touch that makes it difficult for even the most conscientious diner to stick to their diet. Contrary to conventional wisdom the participants were not hungry an hour – or even three hours – later.
The annual “Night of Giving Auction” is set for October 17th at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center on the campus of Clover Park Technical College, starting with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40.00 per person and all tickets must be purchased in advance, as there will be no ticket sales at the door. Tables for as many as 10 people can be reserved as well. For tickets please call Fae Crabill at 253.582.8687 or 312.1162, or Larry Saunders at 253.581.0738. This is a wonderful opportunity to again meet your friends and neighbors for a full night of fun action and community support. Contributions of auction items are still being accepted and encouraged. Please call for more information.
Fleischmann-4169: Johnny Fleascnmann, a lead chef at Gallucci’s Catering in Tacoma, prepares a few of the main dishes for a taste-test at the lakewood home of Col. Larry and Sally Saunders, both members of the Lakewood First Lions Club.
OK-4168: Members of the Lakewood First Lions Club donated up to $30 each to be included in the taste-testing session to approve selection of Gallucci’s Catering as the caterer of choice for the upcoming “Night of Giving Annual Auction.” Judging by the sign of approval by (left) Tommy Crabill and across from him, Fae Crabill, previous owners of AAA Meats of Lakewood, Riley Smith, upper right, 2009 auction chair person, and Sally Saunders. A hasty dining room had to be put together for the evening because contractors had not yet completed work being done in the house.
plate4175: A plate of some of the offerings that will be served at the “Night of Giving Auction” on October 17th at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College campus in Lakewood.