HOUSTON – The Taste of Houston drew about 150 guests who sampled food items and had a chance to visit with local business owners and merchants and view just a few of the items they can find in local stores.
This year’s event was organized by the activities committee of Chickasaw Development Foundation to provide local businesses an extra venue to show off their wares and services in addition to offering bite-sized portions of delicious food to create a luncheon plate full of variety.
Holly Ferguson, dietician at Trace Regional Hospital and Floy Dyer Manor, said the event was perfect to make people aware of the catering services offered by the facility.
“We love to be out in public,” Ferguson said. “This gets us out in a positive way and let’s us show our new catering service. It’s a great opportunity for us.”
Beverly Brooks did double duty, serving samples of her Sunday dinner collection and husband, Randy’s, barbeque and smoking efforts.
“It’s really been a good day,” Brooks said. “It’s gone really well.”
Members of the Houston Pilot Club offered samples of lasagne created with the late Gertrude Woods’ signature pasta sauce and offered recipe cards of the sauce to guests. Club members were complimentary of CDF’s efforts to incorporate more community events at the local level.
“I’ve been impressed with the reorganization of the Development Foundation,” said Pilot member Cara Chisolm. ” We felt we needed to support this.”
Dorajean Sanderson said the venue was a perfect opportunity for the club to spread their civic platform on the prevention of brain injuries and hopefully encourage new membership.
“This gets us out in front of the public in a good way to show what we do and how we do it,” Sanderson said. “This is part of community service. If we don’t join in and do our service, we’re not doing our part.”
The event, hosted at the Family Life Center of Houston First United Methodist Church was open April 25 from 11 am. to 1 p.m. and proceeds will go to CDF to help fund community events throughout the year.