Lucy Peters of West Leechburg shares her love of authentic Mexican food with another love: service.
Peters, 38, an Army veteran and member of the American Legion Post 868 in Lower Burrell, will serve as a leader and prepare hundreds of flautas and tamales for a Mexican-themed fundraiser hosted by the Legion.
Lucy’s Authentic Mexican Dinner is scheduled for Saturday at the Post Office.
Peters grew up in rural southern Arizona. She learned to cook from her parents and grandparents, originally from Chihuahua, Mexico.
“I grew up with anything cooked being authentic. My mom would wake me up at 4 am to cook tamales, ”said Peters, who helped organize the event.
The menu will include chicken flautas and pork tamales. All meals are accompanied by rice and beans.
Peters will have his secret sauce on hand, and diners can spice up their food if they wish.
“I cook everything with a mild flavor because I make them for the general public, but at home I make it spicy,” said Peters.
Meals cost $ 12 each.
The event offers take-out or eat-in options, with all covid-19 guidelines being strictly adhered to.
Peters said that because the event is new, she doesn’t know how many flautas and tamales she will have to cook.
“I’m going to prepare ahead of time and plan to cook hundreds of them,” she said.
Peters prepared Mexican dishes for friends, and the events committee lobbied for a Mexican culinary event.
Legion Commander Ed Zollinger said this fundraiser will help support ongoing missions.
“We use fundraising money for a variety of events: parades, children’s parties and a monthly donation to Heinz VA, to name a few,” Zollinger said.
For Peters, the event is a reminder of his family heritage.
“I lost my grandmother a few years ago. She was the matriarch. It’s great because she has taught us so much, ”said Peters. “All I learned from her about cooking was seeing and touching. We didn’t measure anything.