What: A Taste of Houston
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 13
Where: FUMC Family Life Center, Houston
Info: (662) 456-2203
By Lisa Voyles
HOUSTON – It’s hard to keep a good idea down and the annual Taste of Houston event is gaining steam on its way to serving citizens and guests some of the best food around on March 13.
Begun in 2005, the event incorporates local cooks and chefs who prepare a variety of foods, from appetizers and salads to meats and vegetables and breads and desserts. Patrons file down U-shaped tables to receive a sample of each dish for a plate full of delicious food.
The first two years, the event drew 24 local cooks to prepare their favorite dishes, but has grown to 28 this year. Organizer Evelyn Daniel said that the event is taking shape, but many hands have made it possible.
“Everyone has been very responsive,” Daniel said. “It’s really shaping up. We’ve got our signs out and our fliers out and we have more cooks this year, but I’ve had some really good help to get this ready.”
Cookbooks will be on sale the day for $5 of the event and will feature the recipes from the tasting.
“We have a good mixture of men and women from different areas,” Daniel said. “We did not want recipes that had already been printed in a cookbook so we have all new recipes this year.”
The Taste of Houston serves as a fund-raising event for the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. The center serves the community as a gathering place for local events, so the benefits the whole area. Tickets to the tasting are $10 each and may be purchased in advance at the FUMC church office, Carson’s Department Store and BancorpSouth, but those who find themselves without a ticket on March 13 need not worry.
“They don’t have to have a ticket,” Daniel said. “They can just come and pay at the door.”
This year, several of the cooks are known for their daily offerings in local restaurants while others are favorite cooks in smaller circles like bunko groups or family dinners. There will be seating for dine-in patrons and carry-outs will be available but diets are not necessarily on the menu.
“I’m making a chocolate cheese fudge,” Daniel said. “But there is a half-pound of cheese in each making.”