TASTE 2016 Fundraiser Event for The Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga

Over 400 people attended TASTE 2016 to sample great food, bid on donated silent auction items, and support The Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.

Stratton Hall filled to near capacity

Stratton Hall filled to near capacity

People swarmed around tables that lined the four walls of Stratton Hall where local restaurants were on hand to sample their dishes. A variety of food was available from tacos, beef sliders, shrimp, smoked ribs, crustini and more. Desserts were also well represented with fruit cobblers, puddings, beignets, chocolate and gelato.

Rolling J's Bistro drunken peach cobbler

Rolling J’s Bistro drunken peach cobbler

If you were hungry enough, the $40 ticket was a real value. Seriously Kidney Foundation, you should consider raising the price next year. The food was delicious! Oh, did we just say that? Wait, never mind.

Besides the variety of food available, one of the great things about an event like this is the accessibility. Being able to converse face to face with an executive chef and/or proprietor of a local restaurant while eating their creation is a special thing. It can also be a bit intimidating when they ask for your feedback, but let’s not worry about that. What makes it fun is hearing in their words what makes these dishes special.

For example, executive chef Charlie Loomis from Food Co.Table & Tavern was excited to share some about their new menu rolling out next month. Rolling J’s Bistro’s head chef and proprietor Jacob D’Angelo enthusiastically shared about their plans to feature a lot of summer BBQ items smoked fresh 12+ hours with their special house rub.

Embargo 62's Brittany & Daniel Alcala

Embargo 62’s Brittany & Daniel Alcala

While we were photographing, shooting Facebook Live video, tweeting and Snapchatting, the crowd munched their way through the room. Standouts included Five’s uptown shrimp, Feed Co. Table & Tavern’s smoked rib tips and┬áKozy Cooking’s smoked pork tenderloin with a citrus infused onion jam to name a few.

Kozy Cooking's smoked pork tenderloin with a citrus infused onion jam

Kozy Cooking’s smoked pork tenderloin with a citrus infused onion jam

The Kidney Foundation is a great organization with some pretty special people leading the way. One of which is their Executive Director, Heather Webster, who was a natural in front of the camera as she gave us a tour of the event. Bet she studied broadcast journalism. What do you think?


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