Box Dinner Auction Is For Community Picnic


Get ready to party on Main Street, Thursday evening, Oct. 4.

As the sun goes down, the Community Picnic in celebration of Payson's 125th Anniversary begins.

Western attire is appropriate, but completely optional.

Bring a picnic, bring neighbors and bring your family to the fun.

Bring your dancing partner, so you can kick up your heels to the hot local county band, Junction 87. Dancing is optional.

Local chefs, businesses and Rim Country kitchen gourmands are making decisions now about what delectable entrees and delightful desserts they will create for the Box Lunch "Dinner" Auction.

"Instead of Celebrity Chef lunches, I think of this as Celebrity Citizeninners presented by citizens who value the history of Payson and are proud of their cooking talents and desire to do their small part to support the Historical Society," food and beverage events manager Gary Bedsworth said.

A split of champagne with two wine glasses will accompany pasta made with dried tomatoes, goat cheese and basil, smoked chicken on a bed of greens in the basket Bedsworth is donating.

A chocolate dessert will complete this particular meal.

Main Street Grille is planning two baskets -- One, a cowboy barbecue theme and one a romantic picnic for two.

"I am planning a box dinner with a Spanish flair," Judy Shafferkoetter said.

Dan Dillon, manager of Safeway, said he has lots of choices. The store's deli is filled with custom sandwiches, wraps and whole chickens.

"I will probably do a couple different baskets. This is an opportunity to get Safeway's products out there and let people taste them," he said.

Gerardo's, Kevin Dick and mayor Bob Edwards are among the other people and businesses making dinners for the auction that benefits the Northern Gila County Historical Society and the five-day 125th celebration.

Auctioneer Eddie Armer will call for bids on the meals in front of the Payson Womans Club at 6 p.m.

Chefs, former chefs, and Rim Country cooks, are all welcome to donate a box or basket filled with dinner for the raffle.

Creativity is a plus. One chef will take home the "box dinner" award of the evening.

People who wish to provide a dinner should e-mail the menu to with "Box Dinner" in the re: line.

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