Taste of Downtown Delaware puts spotlight on dining


The Delaware Rotary Club will host its second annual “Taste of Downtown Delaware” on Wednesday, June 14, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. It benefits the Delaware County Hunger Alliance and the Delaware Rotary Foundation.

Seventeen restaurants will offer examples of their specialties, and participants will be encouraged to sample multiple restaurants to find new favorites.

“Rotary is excited to host such a growing event in charming downtown Delaware,” club member and project organizer Brad Ebersole said.

“Our event is unique because it allows participants to experience samples of specialty food items from our great local establishments, while also allowing them to experience the ambiance of the establishment as they stroll along our bustling downtown streets.”

Participating locations include a “Who’s Who” of downtown Delaware restaurants: Amato’s Woodfired Pizza, Backstretch Bar, Barley Hopsters, Bun’s Restaurant, Fresh Start Bakery, The Hamburger Inn, Home Slices Bakery & Cafe, J. Gumbo’s, Ohio Living Sarah Moore, Old Bag of Nails, Olivina, OPA Grill and Tavern, Restoration Brew Worx, Solar Saloon, Son of Thurman, Typhoon and Whit’s Frozen Custard.

Delicacies offered that night will include something for every palate: a blackberry bacon melt, lobster roll, jambalaya and Cali club are just a few menu items available. Attendees are also advised to save room for desserts, including custard, key lime white chocolate mousse cake, cupcakes and cookies.

Tickets are available for $30 from members of the Delaware Rotary Club and at the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce office at 32 S. Sandusky St. until June 13. Advance tickets are also available online at www.localevelevents.com (keyword “Taste”). On June 14, tickets can be purchased in person at First Commonwealth Bank, 41 N. Sandusky St., from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The Delaware County Hunger Alliance is a coalition of more than 20 local agencies working together to alleviate hunger in the community. The project is coordinated through the United Way of Delaware County.

Feeding America, a national network of food banks, estimates that 16,440 Delaware County residents, many of them children, are food insecure, despite Delaware being one of the most affluent counties in the state.

“Since that survey came out, the Hunger Alliance has added mobile produce distributions and full service mobile pantries in four rural communities, cooking classes, new congregate dining sites, and has doubled the amount of produce delivered to this previously underserved population,” United Way’s Kelsey Sommers Fox said.

The Delaware County Rotary Foundation supports local Rotary initiatives that recognize students and teachers, including youth scholarship programs, an international student exchange and a Teacher of the Year program.

Numerous local businesses, agencies and individuals have also stepped up to be sponsors of this event, and they are listed at www.localevelevents.com (keyword “Taste”).


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About A Taste of Downtown Delaware, contact Brad Ebersole, Delaware County Rotary Club’s Committee Chair, at 419-768-1557, or [email protected] , or George Needham, Fundraising Publicity, at 740-362-3861, or [email protected].

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