Dare To Dine 2009, gourmet dinners so sublime

Where did you eat? What did you eat? These were the first two questions out of everyone’s mouth as they greeted other guests at the Dessert Finale at this year’s Dare To Dine event on Saturday evening for Leadership Wilson. The answers were as varied as the individuals doing the as...
Nov 9, 2009

Where did you eat? What did you eat? These were the first two questions out of everyone’s mouth as they greeted other guests at the Dessert Finale at this year’s Dare To Dine event on Saturday evening for Leadership Wilson.
The answers were as varied as the individuals doing the asking. After answering the question of “where,” the answers of “what” consisted of everything from prime rib to ham; chicken encasserole to country ham smothered in various tasty toppings, to a complete country buffet.
There was plenty of food at every one of the 14 hosting homes throughout Wilson County, but certainly no shortage of conversation anywhere. One guest was heard to comment as she entered the home of Roy and Tamara Lampsa where the dessert finale was held, “There must be a million conversations going on at the same time in here.” The noise level certainly indicated the possibility.
Each host home started the evening with a social hour from 6-7 p.m. that included drinks and assorted appetizers. Some held this portion of the evening in a pool house or on a deck or patio and then moved into the house for dinner which was served from 7-8:30 p.m. At 8:30, guests departed the host homes for the dessert finale at the Lampsa’s in Five Oaks that lasted from 9-10:30 p.m. Meals were all prepared by the hosts who were so generous to open their homes for the annual fundraiser. The “Dare To Dine” comes into play in that the ticket purchasing guests don’t have any idea where they will be dining, who they will be dining with or what they will be eating or where the dessert finale will be held until the final week before the affair. The released suspense the night of the event then enables each guest to question other guests as to where and what. Add descriptive comments on the various host homes, and there’s plenty to talk about when they all get together at the conclusion of the evening.
“We had 14 participating host homes, 133 ticketed guests and an absolutely beautiful evening for this year’s event and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Dorie Mitchell, Leadership director.
The 1999 graduating class of Leadership Wilson decided to hold their class reunion this year during the Dare To Dine event, so the hosting home of Rick and Kathy Haskins served a dual role this year. Their guest list consisted of that ’99 class.
“It was great,” said Ray Lynn Crutcher, a member of the class and guest list. “It was fun rehashing our ‘school days’ together and catching up on everything that’s happened to us since then. Rick and Kathy fed us so well. We started the social hour on the patio and then went into a country buffet that featured everything from ham to a chicken casserole complete with beans and everything you can think of as far as country food is concerned. It was all so good and the whole evening was just great.”
Everyone is invited to participate in the Dare To Dine dinner. Funds from the it are used to fund the youth portion of the Leadership program. The youth attending the classes annually are not charged for their participation.
Watch for Saturday’s Lifestyles which will be featuring an extended story and picture coverage of the 7th Annual Dare To Dine event.

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