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Taste of the Town

Benefiting Madonna Learning Center

Story and Photos by Rebekah Yearout

The Great Hall and Conference Center of Germantown was the setting for the 17th annual Taste of the Town. The event was presented by First Tennessee Bank and hosted by the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce to benefit Madonna Learning Center, which provides faith-based education and social interaction for children and young adults with developmental disabilities.

Janie Day, president of the Germantown Chamber, stated “The food was wonderful and it was very successful,” she said. “We brought it back to Germantown. This event started in Germantown 17 years ago, and though it’s been at other places since, it needed to be in Germantown.” She added that although not all the restaurants are located in Germantown, they wanted to draw guests from the metropolitan area—for example, Old Dominick Distillery, which is a new attraction Downtown. Old Dominick provided samples of its whiskey and vodka, as well as its own Memphis Toddy. "Old Dominick was very pleased with the response and they think they have some new customers,” Day said.

Two of the items up for bid in the live auction were the Seaside Winner’s Choice, a tropical beach vacation in Playa del Carmen, Los Cabos, Costa Rica or Belize and the Skyline Winner’s Choice, a 3-night stay in historic New Orleans, H-O-T Miami, shopper’s paradise Chicago or a foodie’s dream in Montreal. Each location has a residence to accommodate four people, and the winner had the flexibility to choose the location after winning the trip.

Jazz music played in the background during the night, and paintings, jewelry and other art was up for bid during the silent auction. Additionally, BancorpSouth sponsored a wine pull, which proved to be quite popular with attendees.

Participating restaurants included Babalu Tacos & Tapas, Bourbon Street Steakhouse Grill, Doc’s Wine, Spirits & More, Edible Arrangements, Firebirds, Forest Hill Grill, Frost Bake Shop, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Half Shell Restaurant, Huey’s Germantown, Memphis Made Brewing Co., Memphis Pizza Café, MEMpopS, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Old Dominick Distillery, One & Only BBQ’s, Owen Brennan’s Restaurant, Seasons 52, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, The Capital Grille, vomFASS, and Firebirds. Germantown Alderman John Barzizza and his wife, Wanda furnished wine as well.

Transportation sponsor for Taste of the Town was Big League Movers and media sponsors for the evening were FM 100, 92.9 FM Sports Radio, 94.1The Wolf, WRVR 104.5 and ESPN 790 AM.

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