In 1962, Temple Beth-El sisterhood decided to hold a fund-raiser to furnish the kitchen of the building the congregation had just moved to. That fund-raiser became known as Food-A-Rama, and it continues this year, scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, at Temple Beth-El, 1203 Comanche Drive, Rockford.
Food-A-Rama features a $9 take-out bag lunch consisting of a delicious, generously filled 1/4-pound corned beef sandwich, a deli pickle, chips and mandelbrot (Jewish biscotti). Or, for those who want to “eat in,” $9 buys a lunch that includes a generously filled 1/4-pound corned beef sandwich, a deli pickle, coleslaw, baked beans and mandelbrot.
The event this year will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The lunch buffet will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and after that, customers can continue to purchase items in the deli line and carry-out until 7 p.m.
Last year, approximately 900 pounds of corned beef were sold, 2,400 dill pickles, and 300 pounds of rye bread. In addition, more than 190 pounds of hot dogs and 50 pounds of salami were sold. That’s a lot of deli items! And, although 49 years have gone by, the baked beans created by Dr. Aaron Raffle are still popular. His recipe is still used, and Raffle’s baked beans are available at the deli counter.
Shoppers can also buy the homemade cakes, cookies and breads on sale in the bakery, as well as the blintzes, pastrami, corned beef, salami, chopped liver and other specialties for sale in the deli.
No admission fee is charged, and visitors can shop in the bakery and deli without buying a lunch. Visitors can eat in, carry out, or take advantage of the express drive-through window. If 10 or more lunches are ordered at one location, ask for free delivery. Businesses or individuals can reserve lunches by calling or faxing in the order. For more information, call (815) 398-5020, fax (815) 398-5079, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the May 18-24, 2011 issue