1,000 pies for affordable housing
KENT — Kent Affordable Housing (KAH) will host its sixth annual Night of a Thousand Pies fundraiser to support renovation and construction of five affordable rental apartments at Stuart Farms Apartments on Saturday, Nov. 5.The new apartments will be located in an antique farmhouse near the town center. To date, KAH has commitments of approximately $350,000 in grants and loans for the project. The nonprofit is currently in the final stages of obtaining a $1 million grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.KAH is hosting the fundraiser because it must provide at least $25,000 in raised money as part of the loan grant process.“We need people who believe in affordable housing to step up and help KAH in this effort to improve our community,” said Virginia Bush Suttman, one of the event co-chairs.The fundraiser is comprised of two parts. From noon to 2:30 p.m. there will be a pie sale and lunch at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, located at the corner of routes 7 and 341. Lunch will include savory pies, salad, soup and a slice of dessert pie. Any three items cost $12, while all four items cost $16. All sales include beverages.A sample of dessert pies with coffee, tea or other beverage will be available for $5. Whole sweet or savory pies will be available from $15 and up to take home for dinner or to be frozen.The second part of the program is a series of dinners at the homes of “Great Kent Cooks.” The cost for dinner at these private homes is $75 per person including appetizers, entrée, wine, dessert pie and conversation.The Kent cooks hosting dinners are: Sally Auer and Tony Zunino; Holly and Bruce Adams, with Nancy and Mark Hamilton; Phyllis and Arthur Bargonetti, with Jason Wright; Joan Larned and Craig Boultinghouse; Beth and Paul Dooley; Sandra Edelman and Burton Vistozky; Mara Fizdale; Carol and Tom Franken; Shirley and Pat Howe, with Marge Smith; Kathleen and Marty Lindenmayer; Anne and Dick Martin; Amy Mellen and Steve Pener; and Rick and Susan Vizzari.As part of the fundraiser, KAH is hosting free baking workshops on Thursday, Nov. 3, and Friday, Nov. 4. Classes will be taught by Patsy Stroble of the former Stroble’s Bakery in Kent, Susan Purdy, author of “The Perfect Pie” and “Easy as Pie,” and Nancy Rohr of the former Food for Thought in New Milford. The workshops will make pies for the sale and lunch.Donations of pies with buttered crusts will be accepted, but KAH can not accept pumpkin or cream pies, or pies containing egg, meat or cheese. KAH will also accept cakes, brownies, cupcakes and cookies.Reservations are not needed for the pie sale and lunch at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall. However, the dinners are by reservation only. Dinners must be prepaid by Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. To reserve and pay for dinner, send $75 per person to Night of a Thousand Pies, Kent Affordable Housing, P.O. Box 265, Kent, CT 06757 with a request for the dinner location of your choice (which is not guaranteed). For details on any of the fundraiser’s events, call 860-927-3684.