2014 Gourmet Gala to Be Held at the Willow Valley Communities’ Historic Mylin House

Lancaster, PA – The 2014 Gourmet Gala, the annual fundraiser for the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, will be held on Sunday, May 18, from 4 pm to 7 pm at the historic Mylin House (1787) and  The Cultural Center at Willow Valley Communities in Willow Street.

Mylin House (1787)

Mylin House (1787)

“The venue is ideal for the gala which has become Lancaster’s premier food and beverage social and our primary fundraiser,”  said Lisa Horst, president of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County Board of Directors. “The Mylin House will be the gala’s centerpiece while food and beverage will be in the adjacent and beautiful Cultural Center at Willow Valley Communities.  The care that has been taken in preserving and restoring the Mylin House is a must see and the reason why this venue was chosen for the 2014 Gourmet Gala.”

The recipient of a 2013 historic preservation award by the Preservation Trust, the Mylin House was built in 1787 by Martin Mylin III and his wife Barbara Baer (granddaughter of Christian and Anna Herr, the 1710 immigrants who built the 1719 Hans Herr House).  Mylin III was the third generation to live on and work the farm.  Mylin III’s German grandfather, Martin Mylin I was one of the first Mennonites to settle in Lancaster County.  Mylin I is credited with inventing the Pennsylvania Long Rifle in a gun shop on the original Mylin homestead.

More than 30 of the area’s best restaurants, caterers, bakeries, personal chefs, wineries and coffee companies will be serving their specialties. Among those are Lombardo’s, John Wright Restaurant, Penn Square Grille,  Gracie’s on West Main, Cajuns in Exile, Upohar, Food for Thought Catering, The Scarlet Runner, Gypsy Kitchen Catering, Personal Chef Pierre DeRagon, Catering by Christina, Willow Valey Culinary Services, Byers Butterflake Bakery, La Petite Patisserie, Miesse Candies, Intermezzo by Stephanie, Dutch Haven Shoo Fly Pie Bakery, Couture Cupcakes, Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom, Lancaster County Coffee Roasters,  Lonely Monk Coffees, Skinny Park Juice, Twin Brook Winery, Thorn Hill Vineyards, Tamanend Winery, Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate, Lancaster County Brewing Company and Yards Brewery.

A Gourmet Gala ticket costs $75 for members of the Historic Preservation Trust or the Central Pennsylvania Preservation Society or $85 for non-members.  A block of 10 tickets may be purchased for $650.

Horst said Gala sponsors are being sought to join Willow Valley Communities, Lancaster County Magazine, PPL Electric Utilities, Conestoga View Nursing & Rehabilitation, Discovery Map, Performance Avenues (Despard Associates LLC), RLPS Architects, Ville Painters,Wohlsen Construction, CCS Building Group, Donegal Insurance, Greenebaum Structures, Kline’s Services, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority,  Prudential Homesale Services – Jeff LeFevre, Rohrer’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, Select Security and Senator Lloyd Smucker.  “Auction items are needed too because we have both live and silent auctions that are popular,” she said, adding that current auction items include vacation, entertainment, food and beverage, antique and art items.

About the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County

Founded in 1966 to “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in Lancaster County,” the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s mission is to encourage and facilitate historic preservation countywide. The trust has been directly involved in preserving important Lancaster County landmarks and has provided advice, assistance and guidance in the protection of others.  The trust is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the historic Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House (1787) at 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster.  Visit www.hptrust.org for additional information.