Every year readers look forward to my annual Valentine's Day charity luncheon at Teibel's restaurant and the announcement of the year's theme.
My 6th Annual Valentine's Day Luncheon is from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 and this year's theme is "Heartfelt Hope" featuring displays and a salute program to the legendary Bob Hope and his wonderful USO war efforts for more than six decades.
Included will be rare displays of items from his recent estate sale, photos collectibles.
Because seating is limited and some advance invites have already been mailed, please RSVP right away, as this is always a popular event that quickly sells out.
It's all reserved seating at each of the tables, which will seat eight. Doors open at noon with lunch served at 1 p.m. On the day of the luncheon, guests will be asked to pick from a choice of three main course entrees: Teibel's Fried Chicken or Beef Sirloin Tips or Teibel's Famous Boned and Buttered Lake Perch. Each will come with a dinner roll and cole slaw first course, and the entrees will be served with baby red potatoes, and a vegetable blend of young yellow summer squash, red peppers, onions and green zucchini. Each lunch also comes with choice of beverage, including coffee, hot tea, iced tea or milk. Dessert will be fresh vanilla ice cream served with cake.
Luncheon tickets are still $30 per person, which includes tax and tip and a portion of each ticket sold will benefit Honor Flight Chicago, that terrific organization dedicated to flying our World War II Veterans to Washington D.C. for a day of honors to visit the memorials that stand in their honor.
Honor Flight Chicago is a 501c3 organization founded in 2008. Their goal is simple, to honor all WWII veterans with an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for a day of remembrance and thanks from a grateful nation. Go to honorflightchicago.org to learn more about this wonderful organization.
Reservations are required by calling (219) 933-4173 and leaving name, contact telephone number and the number in your party attending. And yes, lots of chances to once again win wonderful prizes.
For today's featured recipe, I'm sharing one of Bob Hope's favorite recipes, given to his favorite funnylady Phyllis Diller, by Bob's beloved wife Dolores, for his favorite lemon meringue pie.
Bob Hope's Favorite Lemon Meringue Pie
1-9-inch baked pie shell
1 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup boiling water
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter, softened
4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
Pinch of salt
Grated rind of 1 lemon
3 egg whites
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
DIRECTIONS: Combine sugar and cornstarch in a bowl and slowly add boiling water, stirring well to combine, until thick and smooth. To the mixture, add beaten egg yolks, butter, lemon rind, lemon juice and salt. Cook this mixture over a low flame for 2 or 3 minutes, until thickened. Pour into prepared, baked pie crust. Whisk egg whites with sugar to create a fluffy meringue and pour over pie filling. Bake pie in a "slow oven," set low, for about 15 minutes, or until meringue is golden. Makes 8 serving slices.