LAURINBURG — With piping hot coffee, sizzling sausage, and the pièce de résistance: light, fluffy pancakes, this weekend’s semiannual Laurinburg Kiwanis Club fundraiser makes for a golden incentive to get up early on a Saturday morning.
“They were delicious; I look forward to this every year,” said Melanie Womble, attending with her mother-in-law, neices, and young son. “He’s been very excited about it all day long.”
Held at the National Guard Armory, proceeds from the club’s traditional pancake feast, which predates most of the club’s members, support the club’s efforts to assist children and students throughout the area, from awards to elementary school students to college scholarships for Scotland High School students and donations to the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina.
Even the most hardened lovers of steak and potatoes were swayed by the allure of breakfast for dinner, as more than 200 people filed through the Armory on Friday evening. By 6:30, the Kiwanians, who have pancake preparation down to a science, had already run through 24 gallons of batter.
“We don’t use Aunt Jemima, this is our own original recipe,” said Jim Blackwell, whose skills as a former short order cook served him well in keeping bits of eggshell out of the flapjacks.
The thought of six eggs in each gallon of batter may be enough to send anyone’s cholesterol through the roof, but each heaping plate of pancakes is served with a wink and a promise that the diner’s waistline will ben none the worse for wear.
“The only thing we can’t do is give you our recipe,” said Ted Johnson. “A lot of people want our secret recipe for pancake batter, but we don’t give it to them.”
The Kiwanis pancake feast will continue today this morning from 7-10 a.m. Tickets are $6, eat in or take out.
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 17. Follow her on Twitter @emkaylbg.