Houston Fundraiser: ‘A Taste for All Seasons’

By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal

Folks have long known there are some fine female cooks at First United Methodist Church in Houston. But this year, it’s the men’s turn to show their stuff.
“A Taste for All Seasons” is set for Tuesday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the FUMC Family Life Center. The annual food tasting offers participants the chance to eat foods prepared by people from all over the community. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
This year, 23 cooks are preparing recipes to feed at least 250 hungry folks. They will be making and serving an assortment of appetizers, salads, vegetables, meats, breads and desserts.
“I always depend on the men for the grilling,” said Robin Bray, the coordinator. “When we have fundraisers, they grill steaks and help with the cooking part of it. So when I started gathering cooks up, I hit the men up, too.”
One of those “men” is 12-year-old Cody Voyles, a student at Houston Middle School.
“I’ve been interested in cooking since I was in fourth grade,” said Cody. “I started cooking with my mom and it kind of escalated. She told me about the food tasting and I thought it would be fun to do something.”
Cody will be preparing his meatloaf yule log for the tasting.
A yule log? In March?
“Each cook will serve food according to a season and will decorate their areas according to that season,” Bray explained. “There’ll be Christmas corn and Thanksgiving turkey. All the tables where people sit to eat will be decorated for various holidays throughout the year.”
Other items on the tasting menu include ranch potato salad, pecan tassies, cookies and cream dessert, sun-dried tomato torte, stew, chicken spaghetti and Italian venison meatballs.
Church members Chuck Carson and Jack Dendy will be preparing gumbo, while the pastor, Bro. Larry Patrick, will be making baked beans.
“We’ll be selling a spiral-bound cookbook at the door for $10 with each cook’s featured dish as well as three or four others of each person’s favorites,” Bray said.
Bray said about 250 people attended last year’s event.
“The first one we did in 2005, we probably had only about 125 people,” she said. “People at first didn’t think the ‘bites’ of each dish would be enough food. But 23 bites is a lot.”
All proceeds from the event will go toward improvements at the church’s facilities.
“All we have in the gym now is a painted floor and we’d like to one day have a real gym floor,” Dendy said. “And the Family Life Center needs repainting within the next year, so we have several projects left to do.”
For more information, call (662) 456-2203 or (662) 542-0474.

Want to Go
WHAT: “A Taste for All Seasons,” an annual food tasting fundraiser.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church in downtown Houston.

COST: Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Dine in or carry out.

INFO: Call the church at (662) 456-2203.