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Taste of the town

July 20, 1999

Taste of the TownBy KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer

photo: MARLA BROSE / staff photographer




For the 15th year in a row, area restaurants, caterers and purveyors of food and drink will gather to give the town a taste of their fare.

Taste of the Town - an annual event that benefits Hospice of Washington County - will be Sunday, July 25, at Ramada Inn Grand Ballroom. Doors open at 4:45 p.m., and vendors will be ready to serve at 5 p.m. The benefit auction, with more than 50 items, will begin at 7 p.m.

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"Peace, comfort, caring" is the slogan of Hospice of Washington County. The nonprofit, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified organization has provided care to terminally ill people and their families locally since 1981. Hospice is dedicated to ensuring that people die with dignity and without pain in a loving home environment, according to a Hospice brochure.

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Taste of the Town is designed to help in that mission. Last year the event grossed more than $13,000.

Le Bayou will bring a taste of Louisiana to the event. Owners Curtis Derbigny and his brother Clark Derbigny opened their restaurant at 13726 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown in May. A rack on the wall with a selection of hot sauces gives a hint of Le Bayou's cuisine. The brothers grew up with the cajun and creole cooking of their mother, grandmother and their mother's aunt.

Le Bayou is a work in progress, Curtis Derbigny says. He is creating a New Orleans environment. People who walk through his doors will leave Hagerstown and visit Bourbon Street or Jackson Square, he adds. A specialty of the house is po boys, a unique, unfranchised New Orleans sandwich of seafood and hot, smoked sausage on crusty French bread.

On the menu at the fund-raiser will be Le Bayou's Deep-Fried Turkey. The bird is injected - yes, injected as in needle and syringe - with a spicy marinade, then deep-fried. Le Bayou also will serve Shrimp Creole. The recipe is the one with which Curtis Derbigny wooed his wife, the Hagerstown native who brought him here.

Taste of the Town will be an opportunity for the Derbignys to introduce Le Bayou's authentic Louisiana cuisine to Hagerstown and to help a good cause.

Eat Heavenly Catering also will be showing off at Taste of the Town. Owners Carolyn and Terry Lenny believe "you are what you eat." The couple also owns Angel Wing Cafe at Hagerstown Regional Airport. Their mission is to prepare specialty vegetarian foods - removing the fat and cholesterol - without sacrificing taste. Their vegetarian chili is a staple on their airport menu. Their lentil-barley stew has Old Testament origins.

The Lennys specialize in catering dinners and parties for small groups. They count several local nonprofit organizations among their customers. Eat Heavenly's menu is not strictly vegetarian. Raspberry-barbecued chicken is among Terry Lenny's specialties.

On the menu at Taste of the Town will be Eat Heavenly Gazpacho. The taste of this cool soup is fresh, fresh, fresh. They also will serve a classic salsa as well as a pineapple and black bean salsa - again refreshing, spicy and cool at the same time.

The couple is happy to be involved with the benefit. Last month, Carolyn Lenny's aunt died. A partner in their business, she had hospice care during the last six weeks of her life.

"Hospice just does so much," Carolyn Lenny says. "Now I really have a personal connection."

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If you go

  • When: Sunday, July 25, 5 p.m.

    Doors open at 4:45 p.m.

    Benefit auction at 7 p.m.

  • Where: Grand Ballroom, Ramada Inn, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown
  • Tickets: $25 per person or $200 per reserved table of 10. Call 301-791-6360 or stop by Hospice of Washington County office, 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, July 23.


More Info:

-- Participating vendors

-- Auction to offer a variety of items

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