SAN ANGELO, Texas – Families came to Spur Arena Tuesday night for the 46th “Taste of San Angelo”.
An event for old and new participants to enjoy.
“We haven’t been here before and I’m really having fun here,” said Rosalina Flores.
More than a dozen local restaurants and chains came together to set up booths inside the arena and serve those who attended with samples of a variety of cuisines and drinks.
“I just wanted to try them all, taste everything and see what we like and don’t like,” said Jerry Merrill, a returning participant.
The event aims to raise funds for cooking students at Lake View and Central High School to purchase the equipment and supplies they need to learn about the science of cooking and win scholarships.
“This event also helps support the community. We sponsor several different culinary programs, ”said Rusty Swanson, president of the San Angelo Restaurant Association.
Swanson, who also owns Roosters Chicken N Ro-Jo, advocates events like this to help the younger generation interested in the restaurant industry and gain the knowledge they need to be successful in their careers.
“Some will be chefs, others will just be customer service workers or cooks, but that opens the door to a much bigger field. The restaurant industry is the second largest employer in the United States, ”said Swanson.
This year has been considered a success after last year’s Taste of San Angelo rally always turned out differently due to COVID-19. The individuals purchased a passport book and visited several participating restaurants in San Angelo to sample the food and in return received a stamp in their book. Prices followed those who had passport books full of stamps.