Two Buffalo institutions will team up this evening for a pasta dinner for the ages.
More than 1,000 people have already reserved spots for Chef’s Restaurant’s “World’s Largest Pasta Dinner,” taking place at 6 p.m. at the historic 291 Seneca St. location.
The dinner will benefit charity and be held as a celebration of Chef’s 90th anniversary operating in downtown Buffalo.
“When we looked at celebrating being in business for 90 years, my sister and I wanted to throw more than a just a party,” owner Lou Billitier Jr. said in a statement. “We wanted to stage a record-breaking event everyone could participate in.”
But that’s not all.
Dave Thomas, the legendary host of the “Rocketship 7” show on WKBW-TV, will serve as the celebrity guest.
Thomas actually played a role in developing the restaurant’s signature dish – that oh-so-cheesy spaghetti parmesan – more than 40 years ago.
As the story goes, Thomas and the late Lou Billitier Sr. were kicking around bored in the kitchen when they decided to try a new dish to pass the time.
Not soon after, the restaurant which opened its doors in 1923 had a specialty people couldn’t get enough of.
Anyone attending the dinner will meet Thomas and will also be entered for a trip for two to San Francisco. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides assistance to returning soldiers and their families.
Organizers say the event won’t be officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records because it falls to close to the already-existing “Biggest Bown of Pasta” category.
But “it will be Buffalo’s World’s Largest Pasta Dinner,” said Carla LiVecchi of Chef’s.
Will the restaurant be able to crank out enough macaroni for the grand occasion?
“Oh yeah,” LiVecchi said.
Tickets are $10 per person, available by calling LiVecchi at 856-9187 ext. 209 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. They include bread, butter, salad, pasta, Chef’s World Famous Pasta Sauce, dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage. The dinner will be held outdoors in a tent, and the restaurant will be closed during the party.