Lots of church dinners stick to one time-honored entree, but not the annual feast hosted by St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church (51 Colonial Circle). The church will host its International Food Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
It costs $1 to enter, but that gets you into the 10 theme basket raffles. Besides, you’ll probably get your money’s worth when you graze through the meals on offer at family-friendly prices.
Almost all of it is parishioners’ home cooking, said event organizer Charlene Nitterauer.
Barbecued spare ribs with coleslaw and bread ($6) and Southern fried chicken with potato salad ($5) are the most expensive things on the menu. Indian food – curried chicken and rice – is $4.50, same as a Polish sausage and sauerkraut sandwiches. (Potato, cheese or kraut pierogies will go for $1.)
Vegetarians can try the vegetable stir fry ($3.50) or visit the Mexican table for a vegetarian taco ($2.50, same as the meat versions).
Homemade soups, like lemon chicken and New England clam chowder, are $3 a pint.
There are smoothies, coffee, fresh produce and home-baked bread. Plus $2 hot dogs with chips and soda for the kids, if the words “international food” makes them frown.
If dessert beckons, you can buy whole cakes and pies from $11, as well as individual slices of pie, brownies and cupcakes.
The event is the church’s top fundraiser of the year, Nitterauer said. “It really supports the life of the church.”
Library Spaghetti Dinner. Spaghetti, sauce, meatballs and more, to benefit the volunteer-run Brighton Place Library. The dinner is from 1 to 6 p.m. today in Rizzo’s Casa di Italia (2763 Eggert Road, Tonawanda). Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at door. Call 885-1112.