Dinner combines cuisine, cause to help YWCA

The YWCA of Northcentral Pennsylvania’s mission was helped with forks, spoons and plenty of appetites Sunday at the organization’s first Cuisine & A Cause fundraiser, which featured area restaurants and caterers who served up dishes for about 130 people.

Fifteen food competitors cooked up entrees, desserts, salads, soups and chilis and appetizers to be judged by those who purchased tickets for the event.

Diane Glenwright, YWCA executive director, said the organization’s board of directors came up with the idea as a new fundraiser which complements its biannual “Chair-ity” auction. Cuisine & A Cause and the Chair-ity auction will rotate each year as YWCA fundraisers, she said.

“It’s an eclectic blend of the established restaurants and the new ones,” Glenwright said of Sunday’s event, which also featured the Strolling Strings of the Williamsport Area High School as entertainment.

Money raised from the event supports the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Some of the programs that funds raised from Cuisine & A Cause will help includes Wise Options, Liberty House and Liberty Options. Wise Options offers counseling to women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or other violent crimes. Liberty House offers transitional housing for up to two years to homeless women and their children, while Liberty Options offers additional transitional housing alternatives for women and their children as they strive for self-sufficiency.

Glenwright said that a newer program the YWCA supports is a women’s clothing boutique that accepts gently used apparel items.

“We need clothing on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter the season,” she said.

Dan and Chelsea Bennett, of Montgomery, said they came out to Cuisine & A Cause to support the YWCA and its mission.

“It seems like a fun thing to do without kids,” added Chelsea.

“The sushi was definitely the best appetizer, as far as I’m concerned,” said Dan.

“I really enjoyed the swiss cake roll from the Sunflower Cafe,” Chelsea said.

Those items, in fact, won their categories. Sunflower Cafe and Bakery’s swiss cake roll was chosen by participants as best dessert, while the “super tuna roll” from The James Restaurant was selected as best appetizer.

Overall winners as voted by those in attendance were:


1st The James Restaurant

2nd Country Store/Pleasures of the Palate Catering

3rd Franco’s Lounge


1st Cloud 9 Airport Restaurant and Lounge

2nd Acme Barbecue & Catering

3rd Country Store/Pleasures of the Palate Catering


1st Cloud 9 Airport Restaurant and Lounge

2nd Chef Hosch & Ann Catering

3rd Acme Barbecue & Catering


1st DiSalvo’s Restaurant

2nd (tie) Country Store/Pleasures of the Palate Catering and LeJeune Chef

3rd The James Restaurant


1st Sunflower Cafe & Bakery

2nd (tie) Cloud 9 Airport Restaurant and Lounge and Country Store/Pleasures of the Palate Catering

3rd The Wheel Inn.