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Lakeside a la carte

by Guest Writer

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Lakeside a la carte Burlington’s Ultimate Summer Party

“A garden party on steroids”, that’s the best summary of The Rotary Club of Burlington Central’s annual fundraiser, Lakeside a la Carte.  Spencer Smith Park, Sunday August 10, 1 to 4 p.m. is the place to be.

Combine more than forty restaurants, wineries, breweries and spirits together under elegant white marquis style tents. Add in the serenity of the lake, Hayley Roscoe’s smooth easy listening live entertainment, a huge silent auction and opportunities to win incredible prizes.  The result?  You’ve got the perfect storm of afternoon delight!

In years gone by, more tent marquis have been added for the comfort of the guests.  In the early days, umbrellas over patio tables were used to shield from the sun.  Although the weather and the lake is a significant attraction, the addition of full canvas cover now ensures the event will always be perfect.

For just one price of $100, guests enjoy all food, beverages and entertainment.  Because it’s all for charity, there is a $55 charitable tax receipt with each ticket; hard to get a better deal than that!  Round up a group of 8 or more and you can reserve your own table.

Queen's Head Pub

Queen’s Head Pub

The restaurants and wineries pull out all the stops to deliver their best to the guests.  It’s a wonderful way for customers and potential new ones to sample.  There is everything from fresh oysters to Thai, to pub food and everything in between.  This year a vodka and tequila vendor will round out the breweries and wineries.

The Grand Raffle is a reason to attend all on its own!  Air Canada has donated 2 tickets anywhere it flies in North America including Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii.  Via Rail’s donation of 4 passes for travel anywhere between Toronto and Quebec City is a super hit.  And this year Green Thumb Landscaping is donating a wheel barrow (it’s a new one) filled with great wine.

The raffle tickets are $20 each or 3/$50. A maximum of 600 tickets are sold.  Great odds!  With each ticket sale, Bacardi has donated a 3 oz. sample size Grey Goose vodka, free while supplies last.

Rotarians are known for combining fun and fund-raising. The largest rib-fest in Canada is run by our neighbor-club, The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore.  “We love to entertain…we love to give back to our community.”  Each year the goal is to top the year before.  A fabulous event for guests each and every time.

In the centre of one of the large dining tents is The Silent Auction.  It features more than $25,000 worth of quality merchandise.  It is a huge draw for the guests.  With over 150 items, gift certificates and holiday options, the tables stay busy and guests entertained throughout the afternoon.  Helicopter rides, a vodka party for 25, a Hilton Head holiday, beautiful tableware, art and so much more tops the list.  Items valued from $20 up are available.  When the auction closes at the end of the afternoon, there is always that mad rush for guests to claim their prize.

Reif Estate Winery

Reif Estate Winery

No charity event would be a success without the additional support of media, partners and community businesses.  The Taste of Burlington is a natural partner for Lakeside a la Carte with many of the same restaurants participating in both events.  The Spectator, Hamilton Magazine, BCity and snapd combine to get the print word out with K-Lite and 1150AM providing radio coverage.  K-Lite’s Sunni Genesko, MC’s to keep everyone up to date on what’s happening.

JM Edwards, CIBC, Burlington Taxi, Taylor Leibow, Beckett Lowden Read, Raintree Irrigation, all contribute exceptional strength and support.

This year marks 15 years of summer fun by the lake, all for charity.  The Rotary Club of Burlington Central’s contribution to the community from this event is more than $550,000.  Some of the guests have been attending every year for the full 15 years.  It’s an event everyone looks forward to.

For tickets and more information on-line, visit

Kathy Thomas, Guest Writer

2 Responses to “Lakeside a la carte”

  1. Marianne D'Alessandro says:

    Thank you Rotary Club of Burlington Central! Your Lakeside a la Carte raised funds for Food4Kids and we are extremely appreciative of your support! Congratulations on a successful & fun event.

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