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on each brew, and attendees receive a com-memorative pilsner glass, which is used fortasting.Merighi’s Savoy Inn has been the hostfor a number of years now, and the restau-rant has become synonymous with the din-ner. Tom Merighi, owner of the Savoy, ishappy it has turned out that way.“I really fell in love with the dinnerwhen I first attended it about 20 years ago,”he said. “I was so glad when they moved it[to the Savoy Inn], and it has become a petproject for me. It’s something I haveenjoyed taking on each spring the last 15 orso years.”Seemingly, part of the challenge withhosting a dinner that features dandelions innearly every dish would be culinary prepa-ration. But Merighi insists that working with dandelions is actually quite simple.“The cooking of the dandelions is prettyeasy actually,” he said. “The real challengeis cleaning the dandelions. If there’s rainthe day before, those things just becomeloaded with sand. So we’re always praying for dry weather and wet water to clean thedandelions. Cooking dandelions is not rock-et science, though. You can use them thesame way as any green that you’d sauté.They’re very versatile and very flavorful.”For the fifth year,Capital Bank will besponsoring the event.“We’re a communi-ty bank, and we feelthis event is truly acommunity event,”said CosmoGiovinazzi, vice presi-dent and CumberlandCounty market man-ager of Capital Bank.“We think this eventreally epitomizes theidea of communityand what it is allabout. We get approached to do a lot of sponsorships, a lot of them great causes,but we can’t do all of them. We pick causesand events that we feel are beneficial to thearea, and this particular event is right at thetop of the list.”For the first time ever this year, theentertainment will be provided by an actthat was asked to return by populardemand—The BLT Band.“The band did a phenomenal job lastyear,” said Lilliston. “They had peopledancing until the very end of the night, andthe dance floor was full. They were verywell received, and those in attendance justraved about them. So we knew we had toget them back.”The return of The BLT Band, along withthe already high demand for tickets, has theDandelion Committee certain that thisyear’s event will sell out once again.They are encouraging everyone to buytheir tickets now, as 315 of the 400 or sotickets to the event have already been sold,as of press time.Tickets are $45 per person and must bepurchased in advance. Call the GVCC at856-691-7400, or visit them online atwww.vinelandchamber.org to purchasetickets.
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Brides and grooms, guys and gals—we are looking for romantic, or unusual, or“traditional with a twist” proposals to print in our Spring Bridal Guide.• Did you get down on one knee?• Did he hire a banner plane?• Did he surprise you with a ring in the creme brulee?• Did you ask him?Tell us when, where, and how the marriage proposal occurred. If possible,include a photograph from your wedding, as well as a recent photo of happy couple.
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Heroes Are Celebrated
The 4th Annual Hometown HeroesGala honors 21, while funds areraised for two worthy charities.
Dandelion Dinner Set
Mark your calendar for Saturday,March 31.
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The third week of April marksNational Volunteer Week.
Treasure on Landis
See the pirate movie that started itall.