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2 local restaurants host fundraisers

Celebrate the start of fall with two local fundraisers this month.

First is the annual “Toast to Life,” a benefit for Hospice Home, which provides end-of-life care for patients in eight counties.

The fundraiser will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at Club Soda.

The six-course meal will be paired with beers. Beer specialists will discuss each.

The event also includes a silent auction of wine, beer and food items.

Tickets are $100 and available at Club Soda, 235 E. Superior St., and at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road.

For information, call the home at 435-3222 or go to www.vnhh.org.

Feast on grilled buffalo steak during the annual “Buffalo Tro” on Sept. 24.

The fundraiser will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and benefits the History Center’s Heritage Education Fund, which provides free admission to area students.

Tickets are $50. Call the History Center at 426-2882 by Sept. 17 to reserve them.

The event will be at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road.

Acme Bar offering Italian specials Tuesday

The Acme Bar, 1105 E. State Blvd., will serve a taste of Italy on Tuesday night.

Some of the featured homemade dishes will be ricotta or mushroom ravioli in a garlic cream sauce, spaghetti with meatballs in a marinara sauce, and rigatoni with Italian sausage and peppers.

All are served with a side salad and Italian bread.

The margherita pizza has tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, plus the crust is brushed with olive oil and parmesan cheese. Most entrée prices are $7.99 to $9.99.

Enjoy tiramisu or lemon tart for dessert. Beverages include limonata (lemon soda) and Italian wines.

These specials are available starting at 6 p.m.

Reservations are encouraged; call 480-2263.

Pizzeria features grilled chicken

B. Antonio’s Pizza is serving up balsamic grilled chicken two ways during September. Get it on a pizza that’s also topped with apples, pecans and gorgonzola cheese.

Or enjoy the same ingredients in a salad with romaine lettuce.

The other special is a medium specialty pizza and a whole salad for $20.

To order, call 485-2400 (Chapel Ridge) or 490-9222 (Lima Marketplace).

Tidbits

•Los Portales Restaurant has opened at 3307 E. State Blvd. in the former Cerca Trova location. Posted hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays to Fridays. It’s closed Saturdays.

•Waynedale Bakery, 2610 Lower Huntington Road, is selling round challah loaves, plain ($2.50) or raisin ($3), for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Pumpkin pies also are available for $9. To order, call 747-2992.

•A restaurant called New York, New York is coming to 123 W. Columbia St. By day, it will serve wings and by night it will be a bar, according to a sign.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears every Wednesday. Fax news items to 461-8893, e-mail sscarlett@jg.net or call 461-8313.

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