Toscana Fest 2012 to benefit the Lazarus House Ministries Inc. & Hike for Hope

Tuscan Kitchen Hosts “Toscana Fest” to benefit the Lazarus House Ministries Inc. & Hike for Hope
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Sept. 14, 2012 - PRLog -- Salem, NH) – On Sunday, September 23rd, 2012, Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, NH will host “Toscana Fest” to benefit the hike for hope event for the Lazarus House homeless shelter, food pantry and transitional housing facility. Toscana Fest will take place outdoors in the new Tuscan Villa next to Tuscan Kitchen and in front of the new Tuscan Market, where an assortment of food and activity stations will be set up all afternoon for guest’s enjoyment. Families can indulge in delicious foods prepared by Tuscan Brand’s Corporate Executive Chef Edward Payne such as made-from-scratch breads, Panini, and fresh salads as well as homemade gelato. The various kids’ activities include face painting, music, games, prizes and more! All proceeds from the day’s event will be donated to the Lazarus House Ministries Inc. & Hike For Hope.  

“We have been affiliated with the Lazarus House Ministries Inc. for over 15 years. I serve on the board for the Lazarus House and Tuscan Brands is committed and proud to support this important nonprofit. We helped develop their innovative Culinary Training Program into what it is today. We have brought in individuals as employees into our business and they have gone back to teach culinary classes and train others at the Lazarus house from their experience. This event is a great opportunity for the community to get involved and support all the great programs that the Lazarus house offers and to ensure that it will continue to do so,” said Joe Faro, Owner & Chief Food Taster of Tuscan Brands

In addition to enjoying a day of fun, guests will be able to register for the 13th Annual Hike for Hope walk by the Lazarus House. The annual event, held this year on Sunday, October 14th, 2012, begins and ends on the campus of Merrimack College and loops throughout Andover, MA. The family event brings together team leaders and community members to raise funds with a 5-mile pledge walk. Volunteers can register with their own teams, individually or can choose to join Faro and other Tuscan Brand employees on the “Tuscan Suns” team for the annual walk!

The Lazarus House Ministries help the head of households and individuals living in poverty regain their dignity and become self-sufficient members of the community by offering emergency shelter, food and clothing to people in crisis and then providing transitional housing, advocacy, health services, education and work preparation to permanently break the cycle of poverty. Currently 29% of the Lawrence, MA population lives in poverty. The Lazarus House Lazarus house helps over 200,000 families in need every year. Since opening its doors, more than 90% of families who have transitioned out of Capernaum Place havefound permanent housing and are working towards becoming successful, productive members of the community. Please visit for more information.

WHAT:Toscana Fest 2012

WHEN:Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM

COST:Event is free, food and activities are additional          

WHERE:Tuscan Kitchen | 67 Main Street, Salem, New Hampshire 03079

About Tuscan Brands:

Tuscan Market:
The new Tuscan Market is one of the largest artisan marketplaces in New England set to open October 2012. Located in Salem, NewHampshire, next to Tuscan Kitchen restaurant, this enormous indoor marketplace of over 10,000 square feet will encompass the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy and will offer an array of artisanal products, cooking supplies, gourmet delicacies and much more!  With over 25 years of foodexperience, owner and chief food taster Joe Faro’s original vision to create a Tuscan villa in Southern New Hampshire has finally transformed into a reality. When Joe first opened the award-winning Tuscan Kitchen in November 2010, the concept was to combine simplicity in the freshest ingredients with time-honored preparation to create a truly incredible culinary experience. Applyingthis same concept to his latest project, Faro’s Tuscan Market carries an extensive array of artisan products from multiple geographic regions, further reflecting his passion for diverse Italian cuisine and his dream of allowing others to experience it as well.

Tuscan Kitchen:
Tuscan Kitchen is an upscale restaurant offering handcrafted regional Italian cuisine located in Salem, New Hampshire. Owner/Entrepreneur Joe Faro opened Tuscan Kitchen with one simple vision: recreating a true Italian experience. Everything from the imported Italian limestone on the building’s exterior, to the 16,000 square foot interior featuring fireplaces, a wood-fired oven, custom-made Italian imported pasta-making equipment, ingredients and the menu reflects various regions of Italy. With 425 seats inside an expansive yet intimate dining room, three private dining rooms, two outdoor patios (upstairs terrace seats 24, downstairs patio seats 60), a wine bar and regular live entertainment, Tuscan Kitchen is the perfect place for enjoying a bottle of wine or cocktails, dining on alloccasions, special chef and wine tastings, and holding special events and private parties alike. Tuscan Kitchen is located at 67 Main Street, Salem, NH, 03079. Hours of operation are as follows: Lunch: Monday- Saturday, 11:30AM to 3:00PM, Sunday dinner & Pranzo menu, 12:00PM to 4:00PM and Dinner: Monday & Tuesday: 3:00PM to 9:00PM, Wednesday-Saturday: 3:00PM to 10:00PM and Sunday 4:00PM to 9:00PM. For more information please call 603-952-4875 or visit

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