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March 12, 2013

Food, festival go hand-in-hand

NEDERLAND — Alton Borel plunged a specially cut onion into a container filled with a mixture of seasoned flour, taking care to make sure the onion was floured well.

Then, after a quick fry in cooking oil the onion was ladled out and on its way to a hungry customer at the Port Arthur Noon Sertoma’s food booth.

Borel continued his work at the back of the food booth at the Nederland Heritage Festival as fellow Sertoman Mark Hanlon made mention of the booth’s menu; blooming onions, boudain balls, Cajun egg rolls and drinks.

Sertoma, or Service to Mankind, is a non-profit organization works to help those impacted by hearing loss.

“We have primarily worked to help those with speech and hearing issues, have purchased hearing aids for people who can’t afford one,” Borel said adding that they also help foster children and graduating seniors. “We are scholarship oriented and give out three different scholarships locally. A lot of the time someone will come to us about a person in need and we help, just sundry things.”

Hanlon explained the group raises about $50,000 a year then “gives it all away.”

All of the booths along the cuisine walk are non-profit organizations.

The 40th annual Nederland Heritage Festival will continue on Wednesday through Sunday on Boston Avenue.

Here’s a list of booths along the cuisine walk:

• Port Neches Rainbow No. 159 — funnel cakes

• Port Arthur Little Theater — Scottish eggs, soft pretzels

• Nederland Little League — barbecue sliders

• Shriners — barbecue chip beef and links

• Cheer F/X — chicken/beef fajitas

• Nederland Girls Softball — cheese cake-on-a-stick

• Pilot Club — strawberry short cake

• Hillcrest Baptist Church — Monte Cristo sandwiches

• ABWA Aquarius Chapter – chicken gumbo, super nachos

• Boy Scouts No. 232 — pork kabob, chicken-on-a-stick

• Port Neches KC’s — chicken strips, sausage-on-a-stick

• St. Catherine’s — turkey legs, meatballs-on-a-stick

• First United Methodist Church — stuffed baked potatoes

• Nederland Rotary — pizza, fried Oreo

• St. Lutheran Church — shrimp-on-a-stick, Cajun pistolets

• St. Joseph Catholic Church — popcorn shrimp

• Noon Optimist — corndogs, chicken fajitas

• Nederland/Port Neches Evening Optimist — hamburgers, apple chips

• Wesley Methodist — sausage bread

• Noon Sertoma — blooming onions, boudain balls

• Nederland Chamber of Commerce — shrimp gumbo, funnel cakes

• Nederland Professional Lions — boiled crawfish, curley fries

• Nederland Knights of Columbus — shrimp etouffee, corn on the cob

 

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