Bright sunshine and cool temperatures enticed more than 750 to sample Taste of Jefferson last weekend. The throng meandered from one end of Austin Street to the other tasting the samples offered by local restaurants. “I think it was very well publicized,” Bill Stewart with Stillwater Inn said later. “I’m happy with the turnout. There were a lot of people. It was a great event.” Stewart served pork cassoulet with venison sausage.
At Austin Street Bistro, Gena McCormick served the crowd tomato basil soup with focaccia bread and gingerbread cake with lemon butter sauce. “It was a beautiful day and a beautiful crowd,” McCormick said. The restaurant owner praised the contributions the local eating establishments made Sunday. “I would like to thank all the restaurants and their staffs who donated their time and their food for the Chamber of Commerce,” McCormick said.
Kari Alexander, Marion County Chamber of Commerce executive director, praised the organizing committee and the 35 volunteers who helped Sunday. Alexander noted two wineries, Enoch Stomp and O’Farrell Family Vinyards participated this year. “We also had four venues for music,” Alexander said.
The 28th Annual Taste of Jefferson People’s Choice Award went to Magnolia Place Skilled Nursing and Rehab. Each of the 750 people who ate Sunday received a ballot for the competition. Beje Foster, Dietary Manager of Magnolia Place, said they served 160 hamburgers Sunday grilled right in front the guests. They also served homemade bread pudding and buttermilk custard. “It was absolutely wonderful,” said Foster. “We talked to a lot of locals and a lot of out-of-towners, so it was a win-win for Jefferson.”
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