Monticello Rotary’s Third Annual Taste of the Towns featured food, fun, live music and a beautiful September evening touched with a perfect mix of weather.
The outdoor fund-raising event filled two large tents by Highway 25 and the Monticello 15 Theatre. Proceeds from the event benefit community service projects.
Vendors competed for the annual “Best of Show” award after patrons turned in food and vendor tokens conveniently placed in commemorative wine glasses
Michele Hertwig, MAJIRS! Advertising and Design, and Natalie Klaverkamp, Xcel Energy, were the 2012 Monticello Rotary Taste of the Towns chairpersons.
Hertwig provided an event recap earlier this week. “We were anticipating attendance right around 500 based on ticket sales and wine glasses sold,” she said.
This year, using two tents expanded the event’s footprint, she said. That made it easier for patrons to move around and visit the increased number of vendors.
“We had 47 vendors this year,” Hertwig said. “In prior years, we had about 40 vendors.” Nineteen food vendors and 27 beverage vendors participated this year.
Jadan Sorensen of the Jaran Family Ministries and The Arts Expressed performed from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. then it was time for the Chopped Chef competition.
“We had chefs from Von Hanson’s Catering, Pompeii Pizzeria, and Twisted Iron Grille compete,” she said. Chef Jaron from Twisted Iron Grille was the winner.
The “Best of Show” food vendor award went to Cornerstone Cafe & Catering Co. for the second year in a row, Hertwig said. Thorpe Distributing Co. of Rogers Bud Light Limearita was named “Best of Show” beverage vendor. Patrons also enjoyed the clear plastic food trays with wine glass holders that were sold, she said.
According to Hertwig, this year’s Taste of the Towns will contribute more than $10,000 to a long list of Monticello Rotary programs that benefit the community.
“People of all ages have a good time at this event,” she said. “You see people who you haven’t seen in months or even years. It’s a neighborhood get-together.”