Try a “Taste of Turkey” at Kiwanis fundraising buffet at Istanbul

Istanbul Turkish Kitchen is the scene for this Sunday afternoon’s Ithaca Kiwanis fundraiser, a buffet dinner with three seatings to raise money for Kiwanis youth scholarships.

A grilled veggie kebab platter, one of the vegan menu offerings at Istanbul Turkish Kitchen. 14850 file photo.

The buffet dinner has seatings at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm on Sunday, June 11th, and tickets are available for a donation. The meal will feature delicious authentic Turkish cuisine including chicken, beef, lamb, vegan and vegetarian dishes, and gluten-free foods.

“Every dollar helps these kids,” says Ralph Moss, an event organizer who’s better known locally from Ralph’s Ribs and Ralph’s Momma fiery BBQ sauce and Sweet Hot Sauce. “This helps us give achievement awards to young people for their work in the community.”

Istanbul Turkish Kitchen opened about three years ago on Ithaca’s northside. This classy eatery oddly nestled between the bowling alley and the DMV blends beautiful presentation with flavorful preparation of a variety of Mediterranean dishes.

The veggie kebab offers an opportunity to stay on the vegetarian side of Mediterranean fare, even vegan, without feeling left out. Turkish cuisine does magnificent things with roasted and grilled meats, though, and there are quite a variety of kebabs here, mostly featuring lamb, beef, or both.

Tickets are available for Sunday’s fundraising dinner by contacting or 607-272-6758, and will be available at the door on Sunday. Ithaca’s Kiwanis Club is known for its presentation to a law enforcement officer of the month, and gave out awards to Ithaca high school students this Tuesday and Thursday for underclassmen and the graduating class.

Find Istanbul Turkish Kitchen at 311 Third Street on Ithaca’s northside or at, or call 607-345-3333 and tell them you heard about them here.

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