“TASTE” – INNAGURAL GLENDALE CULINARY FESTIVAL 2011 THIS SATURDAY, MAR. 5! STILL IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS!

TASTE is still in need of more volunteers to help out for tomorrow’s big event that benefits St. Mary’s Good Bank Alliance. If you have free time from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and can help out at this great even at Murphy Park in Historic Downtown Glendale, please call Debbie at (480) 225-7546.

Event will showcase tasty cuisine from Glendale restaurants

TASTE Glendale’s Culinary Festival announced that tickets for the highly anticipated event went on sale today, Feb. 9. The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, March 5, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Murphy Park in Historic Downtown Glendale, at the corner of 58th Avenue and Glendale Avenue. TASTE Glendale’s Culinary Festival – presented by HDE Agency – will give participants the opportunity to taste, savor and enjoy the delicacies of Glendale’s finest eating establishments.

More than 30 area eateries and food purveyors will join forces to tantalize and dazzle Glendale residents at the culinary spectacular. This signature Glendale event will showcase the city’s Downtown Dining District, and is viewed as a boost to the local economy. According to Local First Arizona, for every $100 spent on goods and services at a locally-owned business, $73 remains in the Arizona economy.

TASTE Glendale’s Culinary Festival is presented in partnership by HDE Agency, North Valley Magazine, Larry Miller Toyota, Cruz Tequila, Smart Water, Snapple, Into the Soup, and Alliance Beverage Distribution. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

“TASTE will highlight the local chefs and regional cuisine that represent Glendale as a culinary destination,” said Landon Evans, President of HDE Agency. “We embrace the culinary arts and are proud to produce a unique culinary event format to Glendale residents and businesses.”

Featured Glendale eateries and restaurants include: Bitzee Mama’s, Bueno Burger, Dillon’s, Fajardo’s Café, Flemings, Haus Murphy’s, La Piazza Al Forno, Le Chalet, Let’s do Dinner, Max’s, Ninfa’s, Rock Bottom Brewery, Rubio’s, SanTan Brewing, Satara Thai Cuisine & Boutique Wine Lounge, The Melting Pot, Tuscan Oven, Zing. More restaurants will be added and announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets are $25 for adults; this is a 21-and-older event. The price includes food and beverage. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.tasteglendale.com.

For the truly indulgent, there will be a VIP area where only select guests, restaurants, sponsors and celebrities are invited. VIPs will be pampered with private cooking presentations from Executive Chefs at Le Cordon Bleu and Heidi Lee from Into the Soup; succulent delicacies; soothing jazz music; and other entertainment. VIP tickets are $50.

For more information, visit www.tasteglendale.com.

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