The Rotary Club of College Park is gearing up for their annual Taste of College Park. This year’s event will take place on April, 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at Dubsdread. The club plans to add additional restaurants and other new features to help the event continue to grow.
New Tasting Stations
This year’s event, which takes place on April 19, will feature over 15 different tasting stations providing food, desserts, wine and beer.
“We’re always excited to have restaurants return each year and we were thrilled with the support we’ve seen from College Park restaurants who have signed up to donate their restaurants services,” said Matt Sokoloff, Chairman for the Taste of College Park.
The restaurants confirmed for this year so far are: Citrus Restaurant, Tap Room, K Restaurant, Caffé Positano, Infusion Tea, Chocolate Provocateur, Publix, Orlando Brewing, Cookie Cousins, Naked Grape Wine, Wild Side, Yum Yum Cupcakes, Les Petits Pleasures, Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Tijuana Flats and The Flattery Food Truck.
The club is also planning to have more of the event outside.
“We usually fill up both rooms at Dusbdread and fill up the outside courtyard so this year we’ll be adding additional space outside for our tasting stations and auction,” said Sokoloff.
Awards for the Tasting Stations
Another addition to the event this year will be awards for the tasting stations in a variety of categories.
“Each year the restaurants are nice enough to support the event by serving some excellent food and putting on a great presentation, we wanted to recognize them for that,” said Sokoloff.
The awards will be decided by a judges panel include: Heather McPherson, Orlando Sentinel’s Food Editor; Ricky Ly, TastyChomps.com; Pearleen Buchala, MegaYummo.com; Chris Roberts, EatLocalOrlando.com; Mark Baratelli, The Food Truck Bazaar & TheDailyCity.com
There will also be a “Patrons Pick” selected by the event sponsors.
Food & Wine for a Good Cause
The taste of College Park is the Rotary Club’s main fundraiser helping them to raise funds for organizations that impact the College Park community.
“The money raised allows us participate in service projects such as sponsoring a room at the Ronald McDonald house, build a ramp for a local resident who has mobility issues and providing grants for projects in our local schools,” said Lynn Luzadder, President of the Rotary Club of College Park.
Tickets to the event are $50 in advance or $55 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event visit CollegeParkRotary.org/Taste, Facebook.com/TasteofCollegePark or any College Park Rotarian.
The participating vendors are:
Infusion Tea/Chocolate Provocateur
Naked Grape Wine
Yum Yum Cupcakes
Les Petits Pleasures
Winter Park Chocolate
Bite Bistro & Wine Bar