SAN ANGELO, Texas – The annual Taste of San Angelo was held in the Spur Arena, where more than 40 restaurant vendors from across the city came to give residents a sample of their signature dishes and the community was in full force trying to take a bite out of the action.
The food samples on display ranged from coffee to cookies, barbecued burgers and everything in between.
There were restorers who had been in the business for years. Shana Smith, owner of Shana’s Cafe and Bakery, said: “In 1996 I opened my first business on Knickerbocker Road, and have been in the takeaway business ever since.
But other sellers had tried other paths and other lives and had finally found the path to their passions. Owner of The Chocolate Drip and Bakery, Christi Marquez, said: ‘I went to school to be a cosmetology nurse’s aide, taking care of animals, stuff like that. And that just wasn’t what I wanted to do.
The organizers of this event, the San Angelo branch of the Texas Restaurant Association, say that this event is not only meant to engage the community in local restaurants and new foods, but also to pave the way for young culinary minds. . Texas Restaurant Association Board Member Rusty Swanson said, “We are also raising funds at this event for our ProStart programs through the Texas Restaurant Association, which currently reaches out to over 200 schools. in the state of Texas, helping young people get started in the kitchen. arts. »
The event lasted two hours, but with a strong community presence, local restaurants are hoping their impressions will last much longer.