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Restaurants fuel 'Extreme Makeover' work in Pa.

November 12, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. -- Hours of swinging hammers and hanging drywall build up an appetite as much as they do a house.

On the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" set, that's where people such as Delane Balafoutas become involved. The owner of the Copper Kettle in Chambersburg, Pa., served hot food Tuesday morning while also checking on her restaurant and her daughter, who was in labor.

"When we prepare our food, we prepare for three to four hundred," said Balafoutas, who has been stocking the VIP tent with her husband, Ted, and their employees.

Sarah Selgas started making cold calls to area restaurants 3 1/2 weeks ago. She heard "yes" every time when asking whether the business could provide food for the 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. or 2 a.m. meals in the main catering tent, which offers breakfast and lunch provided by the production company.

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"I have over 30 slots of which some restaurants, especially local ones, are taking more than one," said Selgas, who works with a communications company partnered with Dan Ryan Builders.

"The food is phenomenal," said Dan Ryan, president and CEO of the home-building company. "I think I've put on five pounds already."

Pamela Smith, training manager for Applebee's in Rouzerville, Pa., described being honored to help with the weeklong efforts that will yield a new house for the Drumm family of Quincy Township, Pa.

"We've been running nonstop trying to do all we can. ... It's our pleasure to be a part of this, and this family is so deserving," Smith said.

"If we need anything, we call Pam and she gets it done," Selgas said, explaining that Smith lined up thousands of beverages, hosted a benefit breakfast and arranged for a monetary donation connected to Applebee's sales this week.

Best Way Pizza of Chambersburg delivered 400 pieces of pizza last Friday and has more pies headed to the site Saturday, manager Tim Shaffer said.

"We're helping somebody in our neighborhood," he said.

On Sunday, local Girl Scouts dropped off cookies and beverages. On Sunday night, Charles Town Races & Slots sent 300 bags with sandwiches, chips, fruit, pastries and coupons for the Epic Buffet. It also offered to name a race after the Drumms and invited them to the winner's circle.

"When we heard about the opportunity to help with such an extraordinary cause, we knew we had to do it," assistant executive chef Jess Chambers said. "All the chefs at Charles Town Races & Slots were more than willing to donate their time to prepare the 300 meals for the volunteer workers."

While the Charles Town chefs are familiar with preparing large quantities of food, the experience has been new for the Copper Kettle.

"We're not a caterer. (But) they're helping a good cause, so we wanted to help a good cause, too," Balafoutas said.

The "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" crew reportedly congratulated Selgas on having a community response that filled the food schedule before they arrived in town, saying it was the first time that has happened in their six seasons.

"These people are on hard times, and we're asking them to donate food -- and a lot of it," she said.

Major contributors also include Starbucks of Chambersburg, Catoctin Mountain Orchard, Chick-fil-A of Hagerstown, Fuddruckers, Antrim House Family Restaurant and The Orchards.

The entire list of contributors, provided by Selgas:

o Starbucks of Chambersburg

o Catoctin Mountain Orchard

o Copper Kettle

o Applebee's of Rouzerville

o Chick-fil-A of Hagerstown

o Fuddruckers

o Antrim House Family Restaurant

o Orchards Restaurant

o CM Pig Out

o Kathy's Deli of Shippensburg

o Wendy's in Chambersburg

o Best Way Pizza in Chambersburg

o Coca-Cola

o Main Street Deli in Chambersburg

o 7Ps Deli in Chambersburg

o Charles Town Races & Slots

o Papa John's Pizza

o The Butcher Shoppe in Chambersburg

o Waffle House

o A Matter of Taste

o Suann Lemhan

o Dogfish Alehouse

o 30 West Restaurant

o Benny's Pizza

o Mrs. Gibbles Restaurant

o Moe's Southwest Grill

o Caledonia's Bistro

o Sheetz

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