CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The East End Family Resource Center -- which provides extensive, year-round resources including after-school programs, snacks and dinner for at-risk individuals and families -- is opening the doors for its annual Heart & Soul Dip Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Roosevelt Neighborhood Center.
Named to honor both Black History Month and Valentine's Day, the Heart & Soul Dip Dinner features "home-cooked, Southern comfort food" from area churches, synagogues and businesses, enough to fill 10 to 15 tables with a seemingly endless supply of food," said Carolyn Wesley, assistant director of the center.
"It's that traditional soul food -- macaroni and cheese, candied yams -- all that Southern comfort food that doctors say you shouldn't eat but you want anyway," said Wesley, adding that in recent years the annual feast has become "more of a multicultural event, with baklava, food from a lot of different cultures. And of course we have Presbyterian chicken, which is always one of the most popular things we have, because it's slamming."
Smoked tomato soup and an aged cheddar grilled cheese sandwich will be prepared by Tom Grant, director of the Carver Culinary Institute, and his students. Other selections include noodle kugel, broccoli casserole, ribs, fried fish, macaroni and cheese, potato salad and chicken casserole.
New this year: door prizes every half-hour, recipes of favorite dishes available to purchase, and space available for those who might like to sell or exhibit nonfood items.
All proceeds from the Heart & Soul Dip Dinner fund the free after-school program, senior program and other family activities of the East End Family Resource Center. For advance tickets or information, call the center at 304-344-1656.
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