March Meatball Madness benefits Abraham House


MeatB2Get your appetites ready for 6th Annual March Meatball Madness from Noon to 3 p.m., Sunday March 1 at Hotel Utica, 102 Lafayette St., Utica. Come out and taste all the different varieties of meatballs and make sure to cast your vote for the best meatballs in the Mohawk Valley all while helping out the Abraham House of Utica. Besides filling your bellies there will be music, a meatball eating contest, a children’s poetry contest, raffles and drawings. There will be 16 restaurants participating this year. We in Central New York are known for the food in our beautiful area, but we are also known for our generosity. And, the Abraham House is no exception that helps thousands of people who are in need of a home and all around help. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $5 for Ages 6-12, and Free for children younger than 5, 65 and older and Military with ID. Tickets will be available at the door.


Restaurant Participants

Area restaurants have been practicing making the perfect meatballs for all to enjoy.

BBGs, Rick’s Place, The Ambassador, Joey’s, Swifty’s Restaurant and Pub, Dino’s, Carmella’s Cafe, Secret Garden, Grapevine, John Dooley of New Hartford Legion, Tony’s Pizza, Chesterfields, Bella Cucina, Kevins Bistro, Courtvue and Village Pub.


The Meatball Eating Contestants

Local tattoo artist, Chris Phelps; Local bar owner, Bob Seward; Local auto body repairman, Chris Karas; Local Musician, Jose Lopez; Local Safe Schools, Ari Westfall; George Clark, Justin Schachtler, Ryan Brown, Philip Mascitelli and Dennis Bodjak.


MeatB3Celebrity Judges Participants

Local celebrities come out to judge the taste of the area’s best meatballs that we have to offer.

Local DJ, S-Dot; Local Musician and contestant on The Voice, Big Sexy; Father Cesta of Mount Carmel; Steve McMurray, WKTV; Marilyn Wilson, Holland Farms; Mayor Palmeiri, City of Utica; Howard Potter, A & P Master Images; Chris Salatino, Utica City Schools; Michael Candella Arian, photojournalist/blogger; Brad Vivacqua, YNN Reporter; and Fred Talarico, Surgeon.


Make sure you save room for dessert that has been graciously provided by the following business: NY Dough, Sweet Mae’s Bakery, Holland Farms, Salvatores, Florentine, Carusos and Club Monarch. Popcorn will also be provided.


The Abraham House is a comfort care home based in Utica, NY. It’s based on the model of a family caring for a loved one at home; their surrogate caregivers provide loving and compassionate care. Their around the clock care is provided free of charge. They rely solely on community support and donations to maintain and run their home.

For more information on the event or Abraham House, call 315-733-8210.


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