– Local restaurants shine with a variety of treats – It’s no secret that when economic times are rough, restaurants suffer. Restaurants are often the first luxury to be chopped when families are tightening their belts. These difficulties for restaurants are then compounded by the fact that diners are often creatures of habit; most diners eat at the same four to six restaurants, missing out on amazing cuisine from throughout the Lake Houston area. Area foodies tired of routine will welcome the opportunity to sample an amazing assortment of local cuisine at Tasting the Town at the Humble Civic Center on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 4 to 9 p.m. Tasting the Town is an annual event which allows restaurants, caterers and local chefs from the Lake Houston area to highlight their best offerings for a wide variety of diners. Proceeds from the event will benefit Including Kids, Inc. and the Humble Education Foundation. Event coordinator, Jennifer Jozwiak, is excited to offer the program to local diners. “Tasting the Town represents not only an incredible opportunity for a fun evening out, but also an excellent bargain,” said Jozwiak. “Everyone will have the chance to sample menu items from dozens of restaurants, all under one roof, for less than the average price of a meal at one restaurant.” As diners stroll through the Humble Civic Center, not only will they partake in a wealth of tasty offerings, but they will also be treated to a variety of displays by vendors competing for the much coveted “Tasty Awards,” which recognize the best in a variety of categories, including Best Decorated Booth and Most Creative Tabletop. Tasting the Town was such a fantastic success last year this year’s event producers are raising the stakes with several notable additions to the night’s schedule. The addition of a Wine Walk ticket for only $5 more will allow wine lovers to try samples from 10 wineries as well as opportunities to participate in a silent wine auction. Music lovers will have the unique opportunity to hear a live performance from “American Idol” finalist and Porter native, Sundance Head, who is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Another highlight of the evening will be a special Wine Dinner, which features a four-course tasting menu prepared by HEB, as well as premium wines, wine education and entertainment. Limited tickets are available for the Wine Dinner. Tickets to Tasting the Town are available at www.TastingTheTown for $15 (advance) and $20 (at the door). Call 832-303-2374 for additional information about Wine Dinner Tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, which are still available.

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