Members of the Shelter the Homeless Committee expect to reach their $4 million construction goal by late summer, it was announced at a special fund-raising buffet.

Charles Johnson of the United Way, who serves as an ex-officio member of the committee, said that construction of the shelters for single men and families is four weeks ahead of schedule. The building, located on Second South and Rio Grande, should be ready for occupancy before Thanksgiving. The committee also hopes to have a geographically separate women's shelter ready for occupancy at that time. The announcement came during the Taste of the Nation Buffet in the Salt Palace Tuesday night. The buffet, organized by a network of chefs and restaurants throughout the nation, took place simultaneously in more than 30 major cities to raise money for local homeless shelters. In Salt Lake City, the money raised will go directly to the Shelter the Homeless Fund, for work on the transitional shelters.The buffet, sponsored locally by the Beehive State Chef's Association and Ella Westley of the committee, attracted several hundred Utahns, who enjoyed a buffet prepared by about 30 Utah chefs, while Marquita provided background dinner music. Jeff DeYoung, Snowbird, and five apprentices from the chefs' association spent the afternoon carving ice decorations. Mike Stewart of the Salt Lake County Commission presented Westley a $1,500 grant minutes before the event, and Utah Food and Catering, besides helping with the buffet, donated $1,000.

Participants who donated time, material and services included Della Caters, Bird's, Liaison, Ruby's Catering, Stephen Ringwood, TLC Bakery, D.B. Coopers, Upper Crust, Ruth's Cafe, Red Lion, Santa Fe, La Parisienne, Park Cafe, Riverhorse Cafe, Aposh Caterers, the Peery Pub, the Homestead, Bagley Ice, University Park Hotel, Alta Club and Ariel Vineyards, which provided alcohol-free wine.