DRACUT -- Feeling hungry?
More than two dozen restaurants will bring their unique tastes to "Dining Around Dracut," a large fundraiser being hosted Monday by the Dracut Rotary Club.
It's the club's first time hosting the fundraising effort after another group, Circle of Friends, ended its run several years ago. Dining Around Dracut will be held this Monday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Lenzi's Millhouse, 810 Merrimack Ave. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased at A Tux Formal, Szczepanik Insurance, Daigle Insurance, Enterprise Bank on Lakeview Avenue, Dracut Hardware, Fox Cut Salon and Alexander's Pharmacy.
"We're excited," said LouAnn Jendro, public-relations chair for the Rotary Club.
Dracut Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a worldwide service organization of business and professional men and women whose mission is to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build good will and peace throughout the world.
Some of the participating restaurants in Dining Around Dracut include Brickhouse Pizza, Amici's Cafe, Pita Restaurant, Heavenly Donuts, Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant, and the FireWater Tavern at Wamesit Lanes.
"We are always happy to showcase the great food we have, and many become regular customers of ours after sampling our offerings," said Loretta Ryan, sales and marketing director for Wamesit Lanes on Main Street in Tewksbury.
Ryan added that her team looks forward to the fundraiser, having just participated in the Lowell Winterfest Soup Bowl Competition last weekend.
Participants will also have the chance to vote on the dishes they like most. The winning businesses will get bragging rights.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward mostly local charity projects, according to Jendro.
"Locally, we're longtime supporters of the Dracut Scholarship Foundation. We support the Dracut Food Pantry," Jendro said.
Jendro said she and other organizers hope it'll be standing room only at the fundraiser.
"We really don't know since it's our first time doing this, but it has been a very well-attended event in the past," she said. "We are hoping that we have the same type of community participation. The community has always been very supportive of our events, so we are definitely hoping that we will get that same type of community support because then we turn around and whatever money we make, we give away.
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These restaurants are ready to refresh you
Bittersweet Bake Shoppe
9 Kendall Road, Tyngsboro Chef: Owner Lynne Donnelly
Dishes: Variety of pastries, cakes, and dessert bars
Brown & Budnick Meats
1794 Bridge St., #16, Dracut Chefs: Co-owner Jeff Brown and staff
Dish: Chubby marinated sirloin tips and Brown & Budnick's marinated chicken breasts.
"We'll be cooking right onsite," Brown says. "It makes a big difference when you bring the food in nice and fresh."
Cazadores Restaurante Mexicano
130 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro Chef: Staff at Cazadores Dish: Traditional Mexican steak tacos.
101 Phoenix Ave., Lowell Chef: Manager Cynthia Kimball
Dishes: Broccoli cheddar soup, Rockport lobster bisque, butternut squash and cranberry bisque, shrimp and corn chowder, New England clam chowder, and traditional beef chili with beans.
60 Merrimack St., Lowell Preparers: Staff
Dishes: Easter and Mother's Day arrangements, and chocolate samples.
FireWater Tavern at Wamesit Lanes
434 Main St., Tewksbury Chef: Joe Grace
Dish: Shepherd's pie
HarrowsS Chicken Pies
345 Main t. Tewksbury Chefs: Harrows staff Dish: Chicken pie
18 Boston Road, Chelmsford Chef: Adam Bruce
Dishes: Spinach pie, baklava, pastitsio and egg-lemon soup.
Sugar Coated Bakery
1794 Bridge St., Unit 13A, Dracut Chef: Owner Jennifer Gryckiewicz
Dishes: Mini-cupcakes, chocolate-cake bites and French macaroons.
160 Merrimack St., Lowell Chef: Owner Lydia Blanchard
Dishes: Homemade coconut marshmallows and homemade peppermint patties.
Two Chefs Are Better Than One Catering
1001 Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell Chef: Steven Beauvais
Dishes: Classic beef bourguignon with parsnip mashed potatoes.
And don't forget ...
Others participating in "Dining Around Dracut" include: Amici's Cafe, 1734 Lakeview Ave., Dracut; Bahama Breeze, 413 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro; Brickhouse Pizza, 2006 Lakeview Ave., Dracut; Brother's Pizza, 101 Broadway Road, Dracut; Burton's Grill, 310 Daniel Webster Highway, #140, Nashua, N.H.; Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant, 106 Lowell Blvd., Methuen; Crown Chicken, 813 Lakeview Ave., Lowell; Frobie's Cafe, 101 Broadway Road, Dracut; Heav'nly Donuts, 592 Middlesex Ave., Dracut; Jon Ryan's Pubs, 478 Lowell St., Methuen; Lenzi's Millhouse, 810 Merrimack Ave., Dracut; Lisa's Family Pizzeria, 1794 Bridge St., Dracut; Trader Joe's, 262 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, N.H.