Food Makes The Mood January 17, 2018
Food is often one of the highlights of a wedding reception. Couples researching potential reception sites for their parties should be sure to schedule tastings and confirm how the foods will look upon being served. In addition to the taste of the food, couples may want to consider which menu items are offered - particularly those that align with the latest trends in wedding reception catering. Some popular food trends include:
· Food stations: Food stations encourage interaction between a chef/server and the guests. Food stations may include a ceviche bar, fondue cart, quesadilla maker, or custom sliders station.
· Colorful foods: Guests may be tempted by the appearance of foods, and bold colors can set dishes apart.
· Brunch items: Recognizing that daytime weddings can be much less expensive than evening affairs, couples opting for a ceremony earlier in the day may want to have a brunch-themed wedding reception, featuring omelets, pancakes, French toast, and other tasty breakfast foods.
· Fancier "ordinary" fare: Although chicken fingers and meatballs aren't normally given gourmet status, they can be dressed up and repackaged for weddings. Whole-grain breadings, Asian dipping sauces, and gourmet ingredients such as Kobe beef give common foods some flair.
· Family feel: Some weddings are now served "family style," with guests sharing from larger passed plates. This method serves to connect everyone at the table and encourages conversation, helping to establish a warm atmosphere.
· Food trucks: Trendy couples can treat guests to another special component. Takeout-style food trucks can offer hors d'oeuvres or other parts of the meal.
Sierra Club Holds Polar Bear 5K January 17, 2018
The Sierra Club - Lancaster Group recently held its eighth annual Polar Bear Trail Run/Hike on Jan. 13 at Lancaster County Central Park.
James Stoltzfus of Lancaster was the overall winner, finishing the race in 19 minutes, 22 seconds. Second- and third-place winners of the race, respectively, were Tom Athey of Lancaster at 19:54 and Matthew Geesaman of Lancaster at 21:10.
Finishing first among women running was Laura Brenner of Lancaster with a time of 24:01. The second-place winner was Janette Knaub of Millersville with a time of 25:12, and taking third place was Bonnie Stoeckl of Pequea at 25:18.
More than 200 people participated in the race, including runners and hikers. Approximately 70 volunteers were on hand to handle race-day activities, and scores of spectators cheered on the participants. Also running or hiking with their masters in the race were more than 40 dogs of all sizes and breeds.
Money raised in the event will help fund the Lancaster Group's "green project" grant program, which has awarded grants of up to $500 to 20 Lancaster County organizations over the past two years. Funds will also support the organization's outdoor activities and educational programs.