Pelham’s FCC Holds Mac & Cheese FundraiserNovember 1, 2013
by Marc Ayotte
As part of a continuous scheduling of fundraising events, the First Congregational Church of Pelham recently held its first macaroni and cheese bake-off on Saturday, October 19. According to Angèle Diack, who chairs the committee responsible for the contest, “all the proceeds will go to the church’s general fund.” Since the departure of the Steeple Top Pre-School and Kindergarten from the church premises, congregation initiated and community related fundraisers have played an increasingly vital role in compensating for the loss of funding.
The judging was done by the general public, indicated Diack, who cited that the admission cost of $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children (free for ages 5 and under), bought you a sampling of each of the contestant’s entries, as well as a sit-down mac & cheese dinner with accompanying salad, assorted drinks, all topped off with apple crisp for dessert. Additionally, the price of admission entitled each patron to cast one vote for the recipe they thought to be the best.
Prizes were awarded for the top three vote getters. When the counting was done, Brian Smith’s ‘Papa’s Mac and Cheese’ emerged with the people’s choice award. For his efforts, Smith received the conventional first place blue ribbon along with a $25 Fandango gift card. Finishing in second place was Bob Frey and his ‘Marvelous Mac and Cheese’ while a creation of ‘Buffalo Mac & Cheese’ prepared by Richard Young came in third.
In maintaining an active interest in the town of Pelham, the First Congregational Church will be holding a free community dinner on Friday, December 13 and invites everyone to stop by and enjoy. Dinner is scheduled to be served from 5:45 to 7 p.m.