Around Town October 2016
UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812, THOMAS BAY CHAPTER RAISE FUNDS FOR JROTC
Officers of the United States Daughters of 1812 (USD), Thomas Bay Chapter recently met with Conrad Doss, president of the JROTC Foundation. The USD 1812 chapter raises funds for the JROTC Foundation which is dedicated to helping underfunded JROTC programs. Janisue Rigel, president of the chapter, shared with Doss that the chapter raised $7,000 for the foundation and has selected seven area schools who will each receive $1,000 donations to help with their JROTC programs.
Membership in the United States Daughters of 1812 is available to women 18 and over who can offer satisfactory proof that they are lineal descendants of an ancestor, who served in the War of 1812. For more information, email Janisue@aol.com.
MAINSTREET AMERICAN FIRES UP NEW BBQ RESTAURANT
MainStreet America is opening the doors to its new restaurant, MC Barbeque & Southern Kitchen, with a focus on its own distinct barbecue recipes combining Southern favorites with smoke.
Chef Lawrence Fogarty has been at the helm of MainStreet America’s restaurant since 2012 when Mike Feigin, MainStreet America CEO, brought Fogarty to the team. Fogarty grew up cooking and his culinary influences are a blend of traditional Southern and local Texas ingredients. He attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, and he has worked as a chef for 13 years for Neiman Marcus. A native Texan, Fogarty spent his summers in Austin County, helping his grandfather man the pits at community events, picking up a love for smoking and a few family secrets along the way.
“I let the dish do the talking. I created a sauce that can stand on its own, but is best when paired with barbeque,” says Fogarty, referring to his Texas Sweet Heat sauce.
The menu also has spins on Southern classics, pairing favorites like Asian-inspired baby-back rib and house-smoked St. Louis spare ribs served as Dueling Ribs; house-made Burnt End nachos topped with barbecue bits; the Rueben with smoked brisket and house-made sauerkraut; and the ultimate Southern specialty, Shrimp and Grits, kicked up a notch with chorizo cream and tomato-tarragon jam — a favorite menu item.
The MC Barbeque & Southern Kitchen is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located in MainStreet America’s main building at 18750 I-45 near FM 1960. The site is also home to 12 designer showcase homes, a furniture store and the Main Course Cooking School, where Fogarty can often be found when he’s not in the restaurant kitchen.
Visit mainstreetamerica.com for restaurant hours, MainStreet America admission, cooking classes and more.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK HOSTS SUCCESSFUL JOEY BOLTON OPEN
Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) hosted its annual Joey Bolton Open – Shoot-out Hunger Sporting Clays Tournament on Aug. 26 at Able’s Gun Club in Huntsville, presented by Brookshire Brothers. The clay tournament raised $38,339 to benefit the food insecure children, seniors and other individuals throughout the county with its various community programs.
Twelve stations of tournament shooting were lined with various sponsors and Kroger offering drinks and snacks. A Super Ticket of mulligans was offered to add to the fun of the competition. Lunch, Southern Star beer and trophies were provided after the tournament was complete.
The $38,339 supplied 134,186 meals for those in need in Montgomery County. To put this in perspective, however, an additional $37.5 million is needed to meet the food needs for people of the region. MCFB coordinates events all year long to contribute to its important mission. To end hunger in the area, the need for consistent donor generosity is essential. Learn more at mcfoodbank.org.
INTERFAITH OF THE WOODLANDS KITS FOR KIDZ PROGRAM SERVES OVER 3,000 CHILDREN
Kits 4 Kidz, the school supplies assistance program is one of Interfaith’s largest outreach efforts. This year with the help of numerous community partner and donors, 723 families and 2,057 children received grade and school-specific school supplies, a new backpack and clothing vouchers to the Hand Me Up Shop, to start the school year prepared, just like their peers. An additional project provided 1,200 school supplies starter kits to local “high need” Conroe Independent Schools. Each family enrolled in the Kits 4 Kidz Program also received food pantry assistance to help alleviate the cost of getting children ready to go back to school.