September, October & November Newsletter
Our SARA Friends,
By now many of you may have gotten over the shock of hurricane Harvey. If you have not, you may not be alone. So many of all of us have suffered this horrendous loss of homes, businesses, precious mementos and important papers. However; you did not lose your life or the life of a loved one and for that we should all be thankful.
It has been mentioned many times in the news how this terrible storm has brought many communities together and this has been very true. Neighbors helping neighbors, “Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you,” words to live by.
Now the hard part is to pick up the pieces and try to move on and try to find out just how we will put the pieces of our lives back together. We will, with Gods help and the help of loved ones.
SARA and the community recently suffered the loss of two good men. Carlo Busceme III, one of our TRA members and CEO of Texas Coffee Company and Matt Peterson, MCM Elegante'. We were very proud of Matt who served in the U.S. Coast Guard as Chef Petty Officer for 20 yrs., & he was one our own board
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members of SARA. We have extended our thoughts and prayers to
both of these families. The loss of these two men has left a hole in all of our hearts and our community. The code of ethics that these two men lived by and the professional way they lived their lives has shown not only their families and friends, “That life does go on,” but they left big shoes in which have to be filled. May they both rest in Peace in their Heavenly home.
Jay Jenkinson, Cheddars
HARVEY verses CHEF’ DELIGHT
Well, we can actually say that Harvey won the battle. Our battle was “ to have or not to have” our annual Chef’ Delight scheduled for early October. We as a board finally decided that due to the suffering, loss, even our ability to want to have fun, that it just was not the right time to schedule our annual event. Even though it was to raise money for our scholarships to be given to Lamar University student in January 2018.
This is a time when the new President of TRA visits our chapter, but we will take a step back and revise our budget and move forward the best we can to be able to help out the students that qualify this semester for the annual scholarship banquet.
We certainlly do not want to dissapoint these young people that are striving so hard to complete their studies in the Culinary Science field. We will dig deep and hopefully what ever we find in our budget we will be able to replace in February with our always exciting “Taste of the Triangle.” Between the Chef’ Delight and the Taste, these are the only money makers that SARA relies on for not only the sholarships but also our trip to the YMBL Youth auction that is held in April.
We definitely do not want to dissapoint the young that participate in the raising of their animals, which we try to purchase to help them with their college funds. In turn
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we have our purchases processed and we donate this to the area charities. We in turn cannot let our charities down as they depend on the meats to feed the least fortunate in our community through “Meal on Wheels,” plus many who turn up at the shelters on a daily basis for at least one hot meal a day.
Folks, I have stood in that line serving the meals through my Church and the look on many of the faces will tell you that they are truly gratiful for the food they receive.
This one charity is “Some Other Place,” and they are just one of many that we try to donate to every year. We have given to “Girls & Boys Haven,” the “Seamens Center,” “The Hospitality Center of Pt. Arthur and Orange,” and “ SETFBank,” just to name a few that we have tried to help over many years.
We look forward to finishing out this year “2017” on a positive note and look forward to the “New Year 2018” when we shall see you at the Scholarship Banquet or The Taste of the Triangle.”……
“SPEAKING OF THE TASTE OF THE TRIANGLE”……
……..YES, it on Fat Tuesday (we have no control on the date)
But it is on February the 13th at the Beaumont Civic in downtown Beaumont. WE KNOW one day before Valentines Day, BUT just buy a ticket to the TASTE and come on down and enjoy a WIDE varity of dishes in place of going to one restaurant (sorry.) Just think, you can taste a delicious rib from Cheddars (best in town,) or a delicious seafood treat from Neches on the River, (they won one year for their Shrimp & Grits,) it was to die for, so, so good. Maybe you would like a taste of some great “Mexican Food,” from Lupe’s Tortillas, or something that the Lamar Culinary Science Department has cooked up? They always have a surprise for all to enjoy.
Our friends at Market Basket occupy one whole end to have a spread that is “Fit for a King,”. The MCM Elgante is another that has a delightful
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display of “Gourmet Foods,” and do not forget the Heavenly “Bread Pudding,” of Moncla’s Catering, it is the greatest. One I do not want to forget and I hope is back in 2018, is Terry Hamilton, of “Southern Charm, (new) to Orange.” We hope she will be present with her delicious “Chicken & Dumplings,” she & family had the Catfish Kitchen on College, but succumb to Harvey. Son, Mike Jr., is found at the new Hamiltons Resterant & Bar in Pt. Arthur, while dad, Mike Sr., is found at The West Bar & Grill.
If you are a coffee drinker, than Texjoy Coffee (many flavors) and Community Coffee will be on hand to tickle your taste buds. Also Coke, Pepsi and other delicious beverages will be available.
The Taste committee is headed by Monica Roberts, helping her will be Arthur Berry, Jessica Tubbs, Ty Gwynn, Christy Dobranski, Charles Duit, just to name a few, but they are preparing for a blow out to celebrate our 30th year.
They have a huge surprise for all the beverage consumers, but if the names Andy Bogan & Ty Gwynn means anything to you, than you know it is going to be good.
Just remember it would be more cost effective to treat your wife, your significant other or maybe your Mom to the Taste (for a Valentine present) where you can get a Taste of all the good foods in South East Texas for a very small fee. Go to our website & sign up (www.sara-tra.com)
As in the past years, we have a few rules; no strollers, no plates or platters, no drinkers under 21(sorry 18 & under you know better,) and no food or beverages carried outside the building.
SEE YOU ON FEBRUARY 13TH AT THE TASTE!!!!!
Remember the MUSIC AND FOOD TRUCKS……………