The 2nd annual “Taste of Centerville” happened on June 15 in the Heart of Downtown Centerville from 6-9 pm. The event benefited Food4Summer, which is a charity started by partnerships between Centerville churches. Food4Summer furnishes nutritious meals to low income children in the Centerville area when school is out for the summer.
The Taste of Centerville started at the registration booth where we paid $20 each to sample items from various Centerville eateries. Many local businesses opened their doors and offered discounts to participants of the event. Centerville is the home of The Big Ragu, so we had to check out this event. It was a classic Food Adventure, and the photos tell the story on this one.
It was a hot evening, but it did not stop us from hitting every food booth along the “Taste of Centerville.” We walked the four corners of the event, emotionally eating our way through warm and cheerful Centerville. There were a slew of vendors, but The Food Adventures Crew is here to sort them out for you.
Below is a list of each restaurant and our favorite food selections from each booth:
Meadowlark – Chef Wiley wowed the crowds with her spin on a Classic Slaw Dog. A filling, refreshing taste at one of our favorite places on earth.
Sweet Dot’s Bakery Cafe – The friendly manager of this establishment gave us small Key Lime Cupcakes with Icing. These tiny bites were terrific, with the homemade taste of love in every morsel.
Murray’s Cheese – This New York company sells its cheeses in Kroger. We enjoyed the Aged Cheese Plate with 3 pieces of savory and delicate cheeses. Great stuff !
Savona – Offered a gourmet Grilled, Stuffed Free Range Chicken Skewer appetizer. The chicken on the skewers were rolled in a way that it was like Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu on a stick.
LaRosa’s Pizza – We were pleasantly surprised with their fantastic Boneless Wings. They had 3 great sauces that tickled our tastebuds.
Graeter’s Ice Cream – Refreshing Peach Ice Cream cooled us off on this evening. Always busy, this Cincinnati company has a good following in Centerville.
Horton’s Hoagies – New family owned restaurant with fresh hoagies and subs. We loved their Sub Samples, and are eager to visit this place !
The Melting Pot – They offered Chocolate Fondue with Strawberries and Rice Crispie Sticks. Irresistible treats at this booth!
DiBella’s Old Fashioned Subs – Huge samples of Turkey and Ham Subs on various types of buns were stacked at this booth. Big mouths needed for these big sandwiches.
Louisiana Grill – The friendly staff served out sample tastes of Bourbon Chicken Over Rice. It was a rich and flavorful combination.
Johnny’s Slice of NY Pizza – Of course we loved another chance to taste a small slice of New York. Owner Michele and her daughter served up delicious sample squares.
Unhinged – Not a food store, but they hand fed us tasty treats and told us home baked goodies are in the lobby from time to time. Definitely a place to visit again!
City Barbecue – The Pulled Pork and Pulled Chicken station was phenomenal. They had each of their BBQ sauces out, so you could drizzle your own topping to the slow cooked goodness.
Panera Bread – We enjoyed the Pastry and Cookie Display, and sampled some tasty homemade items.
Mama Disalvo’s – One of our favorite stops had a Salmon Rigatoni in a Creamy Tomato Sauce. It was amazing how our samples were cooked to perfection.
Unique Celebrations Tea Room – Hospitality was second to none, and they had some Homemade Light Desserts that were simply dreamy.
Archer’s Tavern – Pulled Pork Sliders Topped with Slaw gave festival goers a great taste of a great eatery. Even owners Dan Apolito and Mike Fullenkamp were on hand.
Sam’s Club – This station passed out bottled water, so we wouldn’t pass out from dehydration!
Sweeney’s Seafood – We tasted the wonderful Grilled BBQ Shrimp on the patio and met the new chef. We could have eaten the entire display.
Smoothie King – The samples of Strawberry Smoothies were so good, that The Big Ragu dribbled some down his shirt.
Buffalo Wings and Rings – They walked around handing out samples of Garlic Parmesean Boneless Wings and Hot Buffalo Boneless Wings too.
Kabuki – Earlier in the month, we received a personal invite to the festival from Kabuki’s management, for which we are grateful. This station was one of our favorite stops of the night. The Hot Sex Sushi Roll and Playboy Sushi Roll were so good that it caused us to do erotic dance moves on the spot.
The Water Store – Ionized Water with a unique, fresh taste. We loved the friendly staff and the great tasting ionized water that you can have in your home by purchasing their attachment.
Caribou Coffee – No coffee, but instead they gave out Sparkling Teas and Juices. A most refreshing station on this night, so we went back for seconds.
Jimmy John’s – Freshly wrapped Turkey and Ham Subs were given out by the friendly greeters. The freshly shredded lettuce gives their sandwiches a nice crunch and flavor.
Whew! What a FOOD ADVENTURE !! It was nice to see a community get together for a great cause and enjoy some wonderful food. THE BIG RAGU is looking forward to next year’s “Taste of Centerville.”
Were you at the June 15th event? If so, please leave your thoughts and comments below!
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