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The ‘Taste’ of Success
Hundreds turn out for annual culinary fete


Judging from turnout, restaurant participation and enthusiasm, the second-annual Taste of Farragut, held Friday, Sept. 10, was a wild success.

“This was my first time there and I thought it was awesome,” Sheila Ramirez Hargis, owner of Webster’s Deli, said.

Taste of Farragut was planned by Farragut Business Alliance. FBA founder David Purvis said he estimated more than 800 people attended Taste of Farragut 2010.

“Everybody seemed pleased. All the merchants, all the restaurants seemed to say that they got a lot of people who didn’t realize they were in Town.

“So people off the path got a lot of good exposure,” Purvis said.

Cookies by Design co-owner Keith Wesolowski agreed.

“We had a great event. We were able to make a lot of positive impressions, especially with people in the area who may not have seen our cookies before,” he said.

“We had a lot of people who were sampling our cookies and then coming back for more. It looked like a lot of people had a great time on Friday,” he added.


Phil Dangel, The Shrimp Dock co-owner, said Taste of Farragut was “excellent. Outstanding.”

“The enthusiasm of the customer was exciting. This event is evolving into something important for the Town and good for the Town.

“I was really pleased with the mix of the restaurants,” he added.

Eighteen restaurants had booths at the event and handed out tastes of their signature dishes.

The event featured Aubrey’s Restaurant, Border Taco, Captain Ernie’s Fish House, Cookies by Design, Hibachi Factory, Jet’s Pizza, Kroger Marketplace Bistro, Meksiko Cantina, Newk’s Express Café, New York Avenue Pizza, Oskie’s Sports Bar and Grill, Seasons Café, Shrimp Dock, Snappy Tomato, Tastefully Simple, Touch of Love Catering, VG’s Bakery and Webster’s Deli.

Silo Cigars also had a booth, as did numerous Knoxville area beverage distributors.

Restaurant owners weren’t the only ones proud of the event.

“I think it was a great success,” Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill said.

“We thought we would beat the crowd by getting there a little before 7, but boy was I wrong. The place was already crowded.

“They said people had lined up before 6 to get in, and it started at 6:30,” McGill said.

“People came early and stayed late and seemed to have a good time,” he added.

“Of the people attending, a lot of them made the comment that they really enjoy these kinds of events, and they want to see more of them,” Purvis said.

“It was a financial success on the order of maybe double the proceeds from last year,” he added.

Event proceeds, above expenses, will go to the FBA.

 

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