Sponsored by the Chickasaw Development Foundation the event will see local merchants bring their wares and something good to eat to the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center at 11 a.m. Friday. Tickets to the event are $10 and holders get a plate piled with food and a chance to buy items at special prices.
“The Taste of Houston idea is not new to Houston, but it is one of the new events of the Community Activity Committee of the Chickasaw Development Foundation,” said CDF Executive Director Joyce East. “We are urging people to drop by at noon and have a bite to eat and see what Houston merchants have to offer.”
The tasting event is comprised of individuals who cook one dish and provide bite-sized portions to guests who pay for a lunch of assorted goodies. First United Methodist Church has done it in years past as a fundraiser, but decided not to this spring.
This year, the Chickasaw Development Foundation adopted the idea and organized the event as an opportunity for local businesses and merchants to showcase their products and services and as a customer appreciation outlet.
The event came from the Community Activities committee members of CDF who are working on a calendar of events designed to encourage more interaction between the community and local businesses. Co-chairs of this committee are Jason Brooks and Jenna Aldridge.
“The Taste of Houston is something the community is used to and these events have always been well attended,” said East. “This year should be no different and the committee hopes guests will have the opportunity to see some of the products and services available right here in Houston.”
East said tickets can still be purchased from downtown merchants or by contacting CDF at 456-2321.
“You really get a plate piled high with delicious food,” said Joyce East of the Houston Main Street Association. “This is going to be a lot of fun.”
A horse-shoe shaped buffet will feature dishes including salads, vegetables, meats, breads and desserts. Vendors may decorate their service space with their business logos, coupons, fliers or products for the general audience to see.
The following Houston businesses and individuals that will be serving the Taste of Houston Luncheon on April 25:
• ALFA – brownies
• Bev’s Sunday Suppers
• Paisley Peacock
• Chickasaw Journal – desert
• Trace Regional Hospital
• For Heaven’s Cake
• Grocers Pride – pork loin rolls
• My Friend’s Place
• Day Lite Donuts
• Sonic – water
• Roam Boutique
• Silly Whispers – green bean casserole
• Watkins, Ward, & Stafford
• Wave Lengths – olive dip and pimento cheese
• Pilot Club – spaghetti
• Mary Gregory – sweet potatoes
• Joyce & Linda – potato salad
The event is being held with the 33rd Annual Mississippi Valley Flywheel Festival that will be held at Joe Brigance Park this weekend.
The Taste of Houston is designed to bring festival-goers downtown to shop and see what Houston businesses have to offer.