The Italian American Club of the CSRA is gearing up for its 30th Annual Pasta Festival.
The festival was first started as a fundraiser to help the Italian American Club and continues to do so, said Peter Weitz, the president of the club. The festival also helps fund a scholarship program offered by the club and allows the organization to help other charities with the money raised.
“We give to the American Heart Association,” Weitz said. “We give to a lot of local charities, the fire departments, a lot of charities downtown and the food kitchen is a recipient of any food we have left over.”
The festival is so popular that last year the organization served almost 1,000 meals, he said. Because of its popularity, enough food will be made to serve approximately 1,200 people this year.
The food served is a full Italian meal, which includes spaghetti with meatballs or sausage, tossed salad, rolls, tea, various pastries and cookies, Weitz said. Some of the food is purchased, while some is homemade, such as the desserts and the sauce.
“(There will be) homemade cannolis, really homemade by an Italian lady,” Weitz said. “All the baking is done by the Italian club and we bring it together for sale. The sauce is homemade; it’s a secret recipe… we’ve had for over 30 years. It’s very special.”
Besides food, the festival will also feature Italian music, as well as six raffles, he said. The raffle baskets will include Italian pasta, homemade items and bottles of wine, along with other items, and you don’t have to be present to win.
As to why he thinks people should attend, Weitz thought there were a few reasons.
“People come, they stay, have glass of wine, eat some desserts, listen to Italian music and have good time,” he said. “They can also help support local charities and help support the Italian American Club. We’ll have applications there. If you’re Italian, you’re welcome to join.”
The 30th Annual Pasta Festival
Hellenic Center of the Greek Orthodox Church
Friday, February 28
Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: 4:30-8 p.m. (sit down and take out options available)
$8 per plate