‘Taste of Downtown’ set for Wednesday

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The Delaware Rotary Club will host its inaugural “Taste of Downtown Delaware” on Wednesday, June 15, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. to benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance and the Delaware Rotary Foundation.

A dozen restaurants will offer examples of their specialties, and participants will be encouraged to sample multiple restaurants to find new favorites, organizers say.

“We’re very pleased to be sponsoring this first-time event,” said Mike Miller, the chair of the Delaware Rotary Club’s fundraising committee. “It’s a great way to introduce people to the wonderful variety and high quality of the restaurants we have within just a few blocks downtown.”

Miller said the participating locations include a “Who’s Who” of downtown Delaware restaurants: Amato’s Woodfired Pizza, Backstretch Bar, Bun’s Restaurant, Choffey’s Coffee and Confections, Home Slices Bakery & Cafe, J. Gumbo’s, OPA Grill and Tavern, Restoration Brew Worx, Roop Brothers Pub, Sarah Moore Community, Son of Thurman and Whit’s Frozen Custard.

Delicacies offered that night, he said, will include something for every palate: salmon sliders with lemon aioli, a blackberry bacon melt, stuffed shrimp, jambalaya, and tri-tip sliders. Desserts will include custard, Marie’s Candies, 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 Tuesday, June 14. Advance tickets are also available online at https://www.tinyurl.com/delawaretaste. On June 15, tickets can be purchased in person at Delaware County 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, Miller said.

“Since that survey came out,” United Way’s Kelsey Sommers Fox said, “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.”

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 https://www.tinyurl.com/delawaretaste .

For more information, contact Miller at 740-203-2420 or mike@mysourcepoint.org, or George Needham at 740-362-3861 or gneedham@delawarelibrary.org.

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Information for this story was provided by the Delaware Rotary Club.

Information for this story was provided by the Delaware Rotary Club.