Wining and Dining

Venetian Hot Plate, Port AransasHow can you dine at four of Port Aransas’s finest restaurants at once, enjoy perfectly paired wine with your meal and not feel the least bit guilty?

Lisabella's Port AransasAttend the Port Aransas Kiwanis Club Wine and Food Extravaganza which offers dishes from Cafe Phoenix, Venetian Hot Plate, Marcel’s and Lisabella’s. The “Meet the Chefs” event, a fundraiser for the Port Aransas Kiwanis Club, is being held on Monday, March 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Civic Center at 710 Avenue A in Port Aransas. Tickets are $50 and can be obtained at the American Bank or the Value Bank on Alister Street.

You can also contact M. R. Yogi Barrett, President at 749-8454 or by email at or Joe Bream, Vice President at 749-6462 or by email at You can also buy tickets online at through the club’s Web site .

The event is limited to the first 200 people. All proceeds go to the Kiwanis of Port Aransas Foundation and the monies stay in Port Aransas for the youth of the community.

I went last year and I’m glad to see this year’s event will be at the Civic Center because last year’s venue could barely contain all the guests. No complaints about the food, wine or socializing, though. It’s a great way to sample the delicious food that these great restaurants have to offer and support a worthy cause at the same time.

Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, and became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, the following year. In the early years, members focused on business networking but in 1919, the organization changed its focus to service. In the 1960s, worldwide expansion was approved and within the decade, Kiwanis International-Europe was formed, representing Kiwanians in 11 European nations. In 1987, women officially were allowed into the membership.

The name “Kiwanis” was coined from an American Indian expression that translates roughly as “we trade” or “we share our talents.”

The Port Aransas club was chartered in 1996. Club members:

  • participate in the life of their community and world
  • develop lifelong friendships
  • learn first-hand about local, national, and international issues
  • improve and use leadership skills
  • make business and professional contacts

The Port A club works primarily with programs that benefit local youth. The club sponsors the Port Aransas High School chapter of the Key Club, a student-led organization that teaches leadership.

The Meet the Chefs event is one of several fundraising events sponsored by the club. Others include the Golf Ball Drop for Scholarship in May, the Capt. Hope Devlin Kid Fish Tourney in July and the Potato Bake.

The Port A Kiwanis Club meets Wednesdays at noon at Jay’s Seafood and Spaghetti Works on Highway 361. For more information, visit the club’s Web site at,  send an email to or write to Port Aransas Kiwanis Club, P. O. Box 968, Port Aransas, Texas, 78373. I’ll see you there.

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