Fifteenth annual Taste of Italy to be held Saturday

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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No long lines.

Heaping plates of pasta served family style while Italian music plays in the background.


The fifteenth annual Taste of Italy dinner is a fundraiser that delivers what it promises —the food and music of Italy served in a comfortable setting, according to Rotary member Harvey Ulijohn.

“We only sell a limited number of tickets because we don’t want it to be too crowded,” Ulijohn said. “We want it to be sophisticated and comfortable. And you don’t have to stand in line. We serve you at the table.”

Lincoln Rotary’s Taste of Italy event will be from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the McBean Park Pavilion. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and includes penne pasta with sausage in red sauce, salad and dessert. A no-host bar will provide wine, beer, sodas and water at an additional charge.

Taste of Italy will feature a live and silent auction, a raffle and a deejay playing Italian music.

The event costs $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased from Lincoln Rotary members and will not be sold at the door. Twenty-five dollars of the ticket cost can be claimed as a charitable donation, according to Lincoln Rotary President Art Deardorff.

Deardorff said the event offers an opportunity to have fun and support a good cause.

“Lincoln Rotary puts on the Taste of Italy to fund projects in the Lincoln community,” Deardorff said Tuesday.

Rotary’s funded projects include Lincoln High School scholarships, Lincoln Redirect Youth Center, Lincoln High School’s Sober Grad Night, Bikes for Books, boys’ Little League and girls’ softball programs, according to Deardorff.

For more information, call 253-3711.