Food & Drink

Taste of Merced and Beyond

Pancakes for dollars

IHOP Restaurant, world renowned for its buttermilk pancakes, has set a goal to raise $1 million for local children's hospitals and charities with its celebration Feb. 24 of National Pancake Day.

From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer guests a free short stack of pancakes, and in return, ask them to donate what they would have paid for the pancakes, or more, to local children's hospitals and other local charities.


Breakfast for a cause

The Merced Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4327, serves breakfast on the third Saturday of each month in the east wing of the Veterans Memorial Building, 939 W. Main St.

Scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage with coffee and orange juice are served from 8 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $5.

For more information, call (209) 722-0940.


Pancakes each month

The La Grange Rebekah Lodge No. 323 hosts a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month at the La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue (Main Street).

Biscuits and gravy, cheese omelet and fresh fruit plus drinks will be served. Biscuits are baked at 6 a.m., so come early. No item costs more than $4, and the proceeds go to support the local elementary school.

For more information, call (209) 853-2101 or e-mail


Unlimited fun

Merced Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its annual family banquet, raffle and auction on Jan. 30 at the Merced County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7.

For information and to order tickets, call (209) 386-0401 or (209) 564-7111. Tickets range from $25 to $60.


Break out the butter

Challenged Family Resource Council, a Merced nonprofit dedicated to parent support for children with special needs, is hosting an all-you-can-eat crab feed on Jan. 24. at the Buhach Pentecost Hall, 2889 N. Buhach Road.

Crab and much more will be on the menu, and there will also be door prizes, raffle and a silent auction.

No-host cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available prior to the event for $35.

For more information, call (209) 385-5314 for tickets. There will be no tickets sold at the door.

Taste of Merced and Beyond items must be e-mailed to creiter@mercedsun-star. com or delivered to the Merced Sun-Star office at 3033 N. G St. at least one week in advance of the event.