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The Suburbanite
  • Area food events beginning Dec. 19

  • Mexican buttet, holiday gifts, and New Year's Eve events.

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  • SUNDAY BUFFET
    Mexican feast
    Don Pancho’s in Alliance is hosting a holiday buffet from 11 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, featuring Mexican specialties such as fajitas, enchiladas, and burritos, along with American dishes such as ham, roast beef, potatoes, mac and cheese, soups, salads and more. Santa and his elves will be there for singing and dancing, as well as photos on Pancho’s famous giant chair. Reservations recommended. The eatery is at 2105 W. State St.; the phone number is 330-823-4390.
    HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
    Support local eateries
    If you want to purchase gift cards for locally-owned eateries but don’t want to drive all over town to get them, visit the Tri-County Restaurant Association for one-stop shopping. You can visit the office at 100 30th St. NW in Canton, or buy gift certificates online at www.tricountyrestaurantassociation.net. Gift certificates are good at more than 125 local restaurants, pubs and cafes, and are available in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $25. (There is an additional 5 percent service fee). For details, call 330-499-7007. The office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    NEW YEAR’S EVENT
    Mystery dinner theater
    Ring in the New Year at Meyers Lake Ballroom for dinner and the show “Mayberry Revisited,” a theatrical tribute to the late Andy Griffith. The $49.95 price includes dinner choice of strip steak, scrod or chicken, plus sides, salad, dessert, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, tax and tip. Seating is limited so make reservations soon. The show will also run on Jan. 11 and 25. Call 330-575-7431.
    HOT BUTTERED RUM
    Make ahead recipe
    For a ready-to assemble hot buttered rum mix, blend together 1⁄4 pound softened  butter, 1 pound brown sugar, 1⁄4 teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Store in refrigerator. When serving, combine in a mug or cup 1 tablespoon of the mixture with 1.5 ounces of rum. Fill mug with boiling water, stir and enjoy. www.food.com