Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 18, 2013

Town Talk

The Andover Townsman

---- — Dish crawling in Andover

Everyone has heard of a pub crawl where patrons go from pub to pub, sipping the latest popular libations. Now, there are dish crawls where foodies get to sample the menu at various restaurants. Earlier this month, dish crawlers were scheduled to visit three eateries in town — Palmers, Brasserie 28 and Pink Tree Sweets. The event sold out with 40 reservations.

Paige Searles of said the premise is all about having a progressive dinner at local food establishments so communities can come together.

“Restaurants are kept secret to our guests until the event approaches,” Searles wrote in an email.

— Judy Wakefield

Look for the rhinoceros

The Andover Youth Foundation is partnering with Whole Foods Andover for the month of April in its continued quest to raise funds for the planned Cormier Youth Center.

Through April 30, all Whole Foods Andover shoppers will have the opportunity to make a donation to the Andover Youth Foundation either by contributing $2 or $5 at checkout or rounding up their grocery bill, with the additional change going to the youth organization. The foundation’s rhinoceros logo will be on display in the store as a reminder of the fundraising effort.

“This has always been a grassroots process where every little bit counts,” youth foundation outreach coordinator Kyle Lightner says. “We are always looking for simple, creative and effective ways to keep this project out front in the community. Whole Foods has stepped up in a big way to help support the cause.”

Yogurt indulgence for kids’ sake

Andover’s Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt at 28 Park St. is participating in a month-long fundraiser for Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston. All money raised will go toward the hospital’s Children’s Fund, which supports patient care, research, medical training and community health. The fundraiser is part of a $25,000 commitment local Orange Leaf franchisees have made to the Children’s Hospital.

Customers of the local franchise owned by David Pierre are encouraged to make a donation to the hospital or purchase a special-edition Orange Leaf T-shirt for $15, with all proceeds going to the cause.