Bring on the 'Fiddles, Vittles and Ales!'

PLATTSBURGH - The Advocacy and Resource Center of Clinton County is raising money in a rather unique way.

"Fiddles, Vittles and Ales," a fundraiser that will offer Irish music, food and beverage, will take over the West Side Ballroom on New York Road this Saturday, March 13. It's an event ARC executive director Theresa Garrow is thoroughly excited about.

"We had a wine and food tasting last year and that went over well. So, we thought we'd try it again, but this time with beer," said Garrow, who said there were many who expressed interest in that kind of event. "It seems to be the new big thing, pairing beer with foods."

"We thought around St. Patrick's Day would be the perfect time," she added.

Those who attend, said Garrow, will receive a small souvenir beer tasting glass to try a wide selection of foreign and domestic beers. Garrow added she's particularly excited to have brewing companies from across the region bringing more local creations.

"There will be many different kinds of ales," she said.

In addition to beer sampling, the nonprofit organization teamed up with Westside Ballroom chef Kevin Thornton to prepare a food tasting portion for the event.

Lobster bisque, pan-roasted chicken, lamb and salads are just a few things on the menu for sampling, paired with various beers, said Thornton.

"We're not contrasting any flavors, it's all straight-forward pairing. Everything will go together," he said.

An Irish buffet will also be set up during the event featuring an Irish stew, bread pudding, Irish soda bread and roasted vegetables.

The food portion of the evening will also include a cheese course and a dessert course, the latter of which will feature an Irish bash cream pie, said Thornton.

Musical entertainment by Celtic band Inisheer will help round out the evening.

The event will kick off with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by the tastings. Inisheer will begin playing at 7 p.m.

Fiddles, Vittles and Ales may also include a silent auction, she added.

"We've gotten quite a few donations from various businesses, so we'll probably tie that in," said Garrow.

Tickets for the event are $25. Proceeds of the event will go toward establishing a second respite house for families of loved ones with disabilities, said Garrow.

For tickets or more information, call 834-5439 or 563-0930.

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