West Mt. Airy Neighbors Dinner Returns For 14th Year of Food and Fundraising

Della Lazarus, West Mt. Airy Neighbors Board

Eat Your Heart Out is not is your typical boring meal served at a fundraising event. Rather, it’s an annual gathering and delectable dining experience that raises money for West Mount Airy Neighbors. EYHO will take place Saturday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at Upsala Mansion, 6430 Germantown Avenue.

As usual, EYHO will begin with a grand cocktail party. This is the time to see and be seen while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and libations. A bit later in the evening, most registrants will fan out to one of 10 homes in the neighborhood to attend intimate dinner parties of 10 to 12 people. Each dinner will feature a different theme and menu, prepared by chefs who have volunteered their time and culinary passion for the event. However, if you have other plans for later in the evening, you can still support WMAN and participate in the festivities by opting to come to the cocktail party only.

EYHO always offers wonderful meals cooked by a roster of talented chefs. This year, local restaurant Mica will loan us its chef and owner, Yianni Arhontoulis. Also cooking will be Chef Angie Brown, well known to many as the former proprietor of the local restaurant that bore her name. Careda Matthews, a new chef from Reading Terminal Market, will lend her talents to a dinner, as will local caterer Kimberly Fonville of KF Culinary Designs. Gail Hinson, who cooks pop-up dinners at Awbury Arboretum, and Bonnie Shuman, executive chef at Weavers Way Co-op, will commit their expertise as well. Culinary School graduates Emma Ford and Tahneyia Williams will be returning to EYHO this year. Mt. Airy resident and caterer Claire Lomax and talented chef Jim Steiker round out our list of chefs.

Our hosts include both veteran participants who have opened up their homes and pocketbooks many times, and first timers. The new chefs and hosts will help EYHO retain its character as a community dinner at which people have a great time socializing — just ask some of the many people who have attended for most, or all, of the last 13 years.

For tickets, visit the WMAN website at www.wman.net. That will surely whet your appetite to browse the categories of dinners available. And don’t be concerned if you have some dietary preferences or allergies — our amazing chefs should be able to accommodate you.

Get ready for an evening of great conversation and conviviality. For more information, email wman@wman.net or call 267-713-WMAN.