New owners of the Damariscotta River Grill, Tim Beal and Tamara Dica, have conﬁrmed that the Grill will again prepare the food for the annual Lincoln County Haiti Beneﬁt Dinner to be held Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 380 Academy Hill Rd. in Newcastle.
Since acquiring the Grill last year, Beal and Dica have established Tuesdays and Wednesdays as Neighbor Nights, offering an affordable tasting menu with 20% of proceeds going to selected local charities.
“We enjoy this opportunity to bring people from different organizations together and to make a concrete contribution to helping our neighbors. We think the Haiti Dinner will do the same thing -- a helping hand to our neighbors in Haiti -- and we are happy to contribute, “ says Beal.
The dinner will be Haitian themed and include typical Haitian snacks, creole chicken (a version with nuts and one without), rice and beans, salad with avocado, Haitian rum cake, Haitian punch (with or without rum) and Haitian coffee. The dinner will also feature Haitian painting, arts and crafts, and music.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children and are available at Skidompha Public Library, Sherman’s in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor. Tickets are available from members of the Lincoln County Ecumenical Committee for Haiti at these churches: St. Patrick’s and St. Andrew’s, and the Second Congregational in Newcastle; St. Giles; St. Denis, and the Wiscasset Congregational.
Proceeds from the dinner go directly to the northern Haitian town of Gros Morne where a local ecumenical committee determines the neediest recipients and most urgent projects.
This year the focus will be on food security, because of the growing cost and scarcity of food caused by the continuing political turmoil throughout Haiti. Dinners will have the ability to pledge support to projects involving hot school lunches for elementary kids, school books, uniforms, and supplies; chicken raising projects for poor women; and a new project to provide quality seeds to farmers. Pledging will be conducted by noted auctioneer John Bottero of Thomaston Place Galleries.
For more information, to volunteer, to join the Host Committee, or to make a contribution, please call Sharon Marchi at (207) 529-5239 or (207) 315-0969.