Montgomery, AL – The Taste of the River Region was held at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Montgomery on Sunday night.
An estimated one thousand people enjoyed sampling food and beverage from nearly 35 Montgomery, Prattville, and Wetumpka restaurants and vendors.
The event was presented by The Alabama Restaurant Association along with the Junior League of Montgomery.
Proceeds will benefit the Junior League of Montgomery. Jodie Champion, President of the League, says this is the first time the organization has been the recipient of the fundraiser.
“They had it for about thirty years and the beneficiary was always the Alabama Youth Ranch,” Champion said. “Then, they took a four-year hiatus and when they came back last year, Brantwood was the recipient. This year it is the Junior League.”
Souled Out provided the musical entertainment.
JT and Leanne Thompson of Mix 103.3 FM emceed the event.
“We’ve really had a great time,” JT said. “I’m glad to see some new vendors this year such as Thai Gratiem and Wintzell Oyster,” Leanne added.
JT said his favorite food of the night came from Salsaritas and Bonefish Grill while Leanne stated that she preferred Baumhower’s black and white grilled chicken.
The emcees announced the winners in different categories: Category 1 – For poultry, Baumhower’s black and white grilled chicken; Category 2 – For
Beef or Lamb, Ox Yolk prime rib; Category 3 – For Pork, Sysco Food Systems pork tenderloin; Category 4 – For Fish, Red Lobster shrimp; Category 5 – For Side Dish, Eastside Grille spinach dip; Category 6 – For Salad, Thai Gratiem cucumber salad; Category 7 – For Pasta, Olive Garden pasta marinara; Category 8 – For Dessert, Marchelle’s strawberry cake; Category 9 – For Beverage, Republic National Firefly vodka; Category 10 – For Soup, Bonefish Grill corn chowder; Category 11 – For Judge’s favorite, Allstate Beverage Miller Genuine Draft 64.
Other vendors included Longhorn, Rock Bottom, Renaissance House, Mellow Mushroom Prattville, Casa Napoli, Capitol Oyster Bar, and Dreamland BBQ.
MarChelle’s Bistro & Bakery of Prattville was represented for the second year in a row. In attendance was owner Michelle Taylor and head chef Don Inda.
“Last year we had crawfish broil and this year we brought desserts,” Taylor said. “Everything we had tonight is gone.”
Article by Melissa Parker
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