Jeanne DeRuyscher is the vice president/special events chairs at LHMA, Inc.
1. Can you tell us what A Taste of Leavenworth is for those who may be new to the area?
A Taste of Leavenworth, in its 11th year, is a benefit for the Leavenworth Historical Museum Association, Inc. It features local food and beverage establishments who give samples of their foods and beverages, local business vendors to showcase their businesses, live local entertainment, and live and silent auctions.
2. The proceeds go to the Leavenworth Historical Museum Association. What museums are helped by this event and how do they use the funds?
The First City Museum, the C. W. Parker Carousel Museum, and the National Fred Harvey Museum. Funds raised are used for brick and mortor projects, mortgage assistance, repair work artifact displays, signage, artifact restoration and so much more! LHMA, Inc is an all volunteer organiztion, so it is a labor of love to work at our three museums. All monies raised are put immediately into the three museums.
3. This year's benefit includes some new awards. What are they and who is eligible to receive one?
The awards are not new. We have featured the People's Choice Awards for about 6 years. One caterer and one business vendor will take home display ready plaques for Best Presentation. All caterers and business vendors are considered for the awards.
4. This is the 11th year for the benefit. How has it grown and developed from its first year to now?
We started in two rooms at the Riverfront Community Center, then to their gym, the University of Saint Mary Field House, the Leavenworth Plaza, and this year to June's Northland. In our first year, we had a planned silent auction, and then a totally spur of the moment live auction. Now we have planned silent auction and a live auction with professional auctioneer services. We also have an automated auction program, which makes checkout go pretty smoothly.
5. What are some of the taste treats that attendees can look forward to at A Taste of Leavenworth?
We always have a whole hog, pizza, Italian, BBQ, ice cream, great desserts, local brew samples and much more! Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. For more information, please call 682-1023. Come watch KU play TCU on the Big Screen TV at Junes Northland that night!
— Rimsie McConiga