Taste of St. Celestine returns to Elmwood Park Sept. 6

Last year’s Taste of St. Celestine was without fried dough, a popular favorite, but it’s coming back this year as part of the Elmwood Park parish’s annual fundraising event.

Laura DePillo, assistant business manager for St. Celestine Parish, makes the homemade fried dough and was sick last year and couldn’t make it. This year she’s looking forward to being a part of it and making her fried dough.

“It has become a pretty big hit here,” she said.

Her booth will be one of 10 selling ethnically diverse food made by church parishioners at the event, which takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 in the church’s parking lot and the church’s school gymnasium, 3020 N. 76th Court.

There’s a $1 entrance fee and tickets for food and drink cost $2 each. The food served will include Vietnamese egg rolls and rice, Irish corned beef and potatoes, polish sausage, kraut and pierogi.

DePillo said attendees will be able to buy her fried dough with powdered sugar, cinnamon or just plain.

The Legacy Girls, a group that impersonates the famed Andrews Sisters, will be performing at the event. There will be “split the pot” bingo, card games, games for children, a DJ and face painting.

Nancy Mueller, the business manager for the parish, said the money raised will go to keep the parish going financially and fund the different programs geared to helping those in need.

“It’s one of our major fundraisers,” she said.

She said the event is mostly run by volunteers from the parish and supporters, which helps keep costs low and more money going to the church. Local Boy Scout troops will be helping during the event as well.

“We are blessed that we have volunteers that give us countless hours during the whole year,” she said.

For more information on Taste of Saint Celestine, call 708-453-2555.

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