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Taste of Linsly

January 12, 2013
By KIM LOCCISANO - Staff Writer ( , Times Leader

The first time a new social event is hosted it is literally seen as being just that - something new.

If it is held the next year, clearly the initial event was seen as a success.

At year number three, the time has come to officially announce the birth of a tradition has been realized and is now available for all to enjoy.

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The third annual Taste of Linsly will take place on Saturday, Jan. 19, and coordinators of the event are busy reviewing details large and small in an effort to assure all the individual components of the evening's design will unfold smoothly. Chairing the TOL Food Committee is Linsly staff member Melissa Tredenick (center). She is seen here during a recent opportunity to discuss final menu options with Eric Palmer, head chef at Ye Olde Alpha Restaurant and Michelle DeFazio of Aladdin Foods.

It is in this spirit that family and friends of the nearly 200-year-old Linsly School will gather in Banes Hall on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. for the third annual Taste Of Linsly to celebrate many diverse cultures of the school community with fantastic food from seven regions around the world.

The Linsly School's newest tradition is this year being presented as providing a host of taste tempting culinary destinations drawn from different cultural destinations around the world, an accurate reflection of the diversity embodied among the school's 440 students.

Each "destination" will be considered as being a destination to be reached, with "visitors" able to enjoy a bounty of foods and other refreshments for the "culinary and cultural traveler" with taste-tempting treasures presented in a carefully crafted and inviting atmosphere meant to invite guests to enjoy the social fun of the evening and to assure they will be invited to savor each cuisine of interest to them.

"This special evening celebrates the many cultures which are brought to our school community and marks an opportunity to enjoy fantastic cuisine from seven select regions from around the globe. Each of those is considered representative of a culture shared through the daily interactions of Linsly School's students and faculty," offered Craig Tredenick, director of admissions at The Linsly School.

Originating in 2011 as a social event that would bring the Linsly community together in celebration of the many cultures within the school community, Taste of Linsly has grown to become a new tradition at Linsly and one of the most anticipated social events of the school year.

"As we celebrate the beginning of a new year, I look forward to another exciting celebration for our school community - the third annual Taste of Linsly on Jan. 19," said Linsly Headmaster Chad Barnett. "The Taste of Linsly event has become the premier social event of our school year, bringing together current Linsly parents, alumni, faculty members and trustees to celebrate the Linsly community."

Once again this year, the annual Taste of Linsly promises to delight the taste buds of any food enthusiast with hors d'oeuvres from seven regions of the world, which represent the cultures of Linsly's diverse student body. Guests will enjoy the tastes of Asia, North America, South America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa, according to event planners.

Several of the regions represented will feature a sampling of ethnic cuisine from local restaurant sponsors this year including Asia, which will include a variety of appetizers from Silver Chopsticks. A popular hit from last year's Taste of Linsly menu, Wheeling's famous Ye Olde Alpha will provide a new Mexican inspired dish this year for the South American station, and Figaretti's will provide traditional Italian cuisine for the European region. Event sponsor Aladdin Food Service will provide the unique fare for the African and Caribbean food stations.

An irresistible gourmet cupcake dessert station will cap off the evening's festive fare along with the temptations offered via a top quality espresso coffee bar, courtesy of event sponsor 19 Coffee Company of Washington, Pa., which is owned and operated by Linsly Alumnus, David DiOrio, class of 1986.

The evening's itinerary will also feature a Chinese raffle, extensive silent auction and a grand prize drawing.

"The third annual Taste of Linsly event will offer a number of impressive silent auction items including vacation packages to Nemacolin and The Greenbrier, as well as vacation home opportunities on Hilton Head Island and in Deep Creek, Md.," explained Tredenick.

"Other items include a variety of themed gift baskets, professional artwork, Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia, and our grand prize for the evening will be a special drawing for Super Bowl tickets," he said.

"As we prepare for our school's 200th anniversary celebration in the year 2014, we have looked at a variety of ways to celebrate this milestone," said DiOrio. "The Taste of Linsly event will be another opportunity to gather parents, alumni, and friends during our bicentennial year," shared Linsly President, Reno DiOrio, commenting on the significance of the Taste of Linsly event as the school approaches the unique milestone of celebrating its 200th anniversary in the year 2014.

For more information about the Taste of Linsly, to view a complete listing of updated auction items, or to register online, go to



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