Pasta Bowl

LoRusso’s Pasta Bowl

Every year we ask customers to contribute their favorite family recipe for competition in our annual fund-raiser benefiting Operation Food Search.

On the night of the Pasta Bowl Dinner, three recipes (as voted by LoRusso’s staff) are offered in a family style dinner where everybody attending picks the winning recipe. The winning recipe is placed on the menu for a year and Operation Food Search receives $2 for each order sold.

Operation Food Search distributes more than 2 million pounds of food and necessities to 265 food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in 31 counties of Missouri and Illinois. Operation Food Search feeds approximately 160,000 people every single month – nearly half of these recipients are children.

When we started the Pasta Bowl in in 1998 we never imagined it would be so successful at bringing people together to have fun and to raise money for such a grand cause. Thanks to the help of our customers this yearly event has raised more than $60,000 for Operation Food Search.

Previous Winners

  • 1998 Norma Rader
  • 1999 Mary Ann Buckner
  • 2000 Mary Hoffmann
  • 2001 Allison Ricks
  • 2002 Bart Donnell
  • 2003 Lynn Webbe
  • 2004 LaVerne Bachesta
  • 2005 Dora Bachesta
  • 2006 Betsy Derringer
  • 2007 Steve Cortopassi
  • 2008 Chad Frazier
  • 2009 Jessica Patane
  • 2010 Mary Ann Schreiberyt
  • 2011 Dora Bachesta