By JOHN B. BRYAN
There hasn’t been much to look forward to recently as rain continuesto soak Middle Tennessee and the Titans continue on their downwardspiral.
Despite the rain, it was easy to find something to do in Wilson Countythis past weekend as the first ever “Taste of Wilson County” proved to bea tasteful success on Thursday.
The unique glimpse of food offerings across the county was forced tomove indoors due to the weather but could have not come off any better,according to local organizers.
The following is a letter from Sue Vanatta, president and CEO of theLebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, regarding the successof the “Taste of Wilson County” that benefited the Chamber’s EducationDivision.
Food, food and more food could be found at the 1st annual Taste ofWilson County held Thursday evening Oct. 15, at The Mill at Lebanon.The event was without a doubt very successful.
Where else in the United States can anyone eat from more than 30different restaurants and caterers for only $10 and all the proceeds benefiteducation programs from age zero to 60 years old and older?
Thanks to the major sponsors Performance Food Services and WilsonBank and Trust. Thanks to other participating sponsors including TheLebanon Democrat, W.A.N.T. Radio, Cracker Barrel, Advance Signs,Reed’s Event Rentals, Creative Photography and Visionary Design.Proceeds from the event will benefit Wilson Books from Birth, TeacherGrants, Student Scholarships and Tennessee Scholars; all of theseprograms are under the direction of the Chamber’s Education Division.
The talk of the town before and after the event was and is “Taste ofWilson County.” Comments have been “Wow, what great food,” “I didnot know all of these restaurants were in Wilson County,” “spectacularevent,” “I could not believe I could eat so much for $10.”
One restaurant owner commented he had never been associated withan event that involved the entire county, and an event that had attendancefrom all over the county and from all walks of life.
Another vendor said he has been contacted several times about cateringevents as a result of the “Taste.” One attendee said “my son received theBooks from Birth and I thought attending was a good way to give back,so I took my 6-year-old son with me. We liked the food, the music upstairs,it was a great location and great organizational skills were seen in theevent.
”Inaugural event yes – second annual next year, most definitely. Thankyou to all the wonderful restaurants and caterers listed below. Withoutthem the event would not have been possible. Thanks again to the majorsponsors Performance Food Services and Wilson Bank and Trust. Mostof all, thanks to everyone who attended, thanks for your patience whilemany of you waited in line, thanks for your kind words and complimentsand thanks for assisting the Chamber’s Education Division in the promotionof their many education programs. See you next year.
Thank you to the following Restaurants and Caterers participating at“A Taste of Wilson County”: Painturo’s, Larriviere’s, Stroud’s BBQ,Cumberland/Sodexo, Chicken Real, Burr’s Old Fashioned BBQ, CookingCreations, Perfect Cup Catering, West End Market and Grill, Michael’sRestaurant, Zaxby’s, Bull & Whistle, Jersey Mike’s, Jimmy’s Sports Barand Grill, Honey Baked Ham Co. & Café, Mrs. Hudson’s Kitchen, Legend’s,Rutland Place, Coach’s Eastgate Grill, Salsarita’s of Mt. Juliet, 2 Fat MenCatering, Griffith’s Market, Castle Heights Chophouse, Baskin Robbins,Sondra K. Murihead, Edible Arrangements and Publix.