Taste of the Town

August 01, 2000

Taste of the Town

By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer

Vendors include:

AC & T


Eat Heavenly Catering

The Ground Round

Heather B's Pub and Fine Dining

Kerch's Southern BBQ

Leiter's Fine Catering Inc.

Martin's Catering

Ralph & Maria's Restaurant


Pizza Hut

Red Lobster

The Rhubarb House

Royal Crown Dr. Pepper

Subway Seafood

Superior Ice Cream


Town Center Pizza

Twilight's Ristorante

The Venice Inn

Hospice of Washington County has been helping local terminally ill patients and their families since 1981.

On Sunday, Aug. 13, area restaurants, caterers and purveyors of food and drink will join with people from the community to help Hospice.


Doors will open for the 16th annual Taste of the Town at the Ramada Inn Grand Ballroom at 4:45 p.m.

Vendors will provide food, taking advantage of an opportunity to strut their stuff while helping Hospice assist others.

Hospice provides palliative or comfort care to patients. It also supports patient and family with care that goes beyond medicine. Proceeds from the fund-raising event and auction help offset the difference between the cost of Hospice services and payment received from insurance and other reimbursement sources.

Ralph & Maria's

Ralph DeVore, who along with his wife, Maria, owns Ralph & Maria's Restaurant, has been a part of the fund-raiser before. The DeVores were involved when they owned International Cafe & Catering in Hagerstown, from 1993 to 1996.

Ralph & Maria's opened May 1. Their menu features American cuisine, as well as some continental house specialties. Their children's menu, for ages 12 and younger, includes several kid-pleasing items priced at $1.99 each.

The restaurant, at 13726 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown, also has a bar and a liquor store. In the fall, Ralph DeVore plans to start an open mic night on Thursdays, and he hopes to feature live acts on Saturdays.

Heather B's Pub and Fine Dining

Fall is the expected opening for another new restaurant in an old location. Beth Lowery hopes to open Heather B's Pub and Fine Dining within two months. Lowery, the B for Beth in the restaurant's name. The Heather part is for Lowery's daughter.

The restaurant will be in the more than 200-year-old building on the square in Boonsboro. The space is being renovated with a look that's feminine, but not so much that a man would be uncomfortable dining there, Lowery said. The new bar is made of Mexican marble and the menu will feature steaks and seafood, including crab cakes, according to Phil Aversa, who will manage the restaurant.

Lowery and Aversa are busy - as they have been for nearly five years - in another restaurant across the street in Boonsboro - at 20 S. Main St. Lowery's business there started as a carry-out pizza and sub shop. Customer demand dictated that they expand, turning a Main Street apartment into a 35-seat restaurant. The original room seats 25. Town Center Pizza has cozy black-and-white tablecloths and the red, green and white of the Italian flag. The restaurant also does catering

The menu features Lowery's homemade tomato and meat sauces, and homemade pizza dough made by Aversa. Town Center Pizza serves a variety of dishes, including spaghetti, lasagna and manicotti. There are subs, and the steak and cheese sandwiches feature fresh rib eye.

Lowery and Aversa always have helped with community events. They are happy and "flattered" to be part of Taste of the Town. "It's a great cause," Aversa said.

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