By CYNTHIA KMETT
It was a beautiful day and everyone seemed to use their tickets to attend last Sunday’s 26th Annual Taste of Troy fundraiser at the San Marino Club.
It was still crowded as closing time approached, and there was some wild bidding going on at the live auction. It was definitely a successful Black & White Themed TasteFest based on the mouth-watering food prepared by Troy’s finest restaurants and food establishments and their decorative display booths.
The annual tasting event offered samplings from 27 area restaurants, along with emcee and popular WDIV Channel 4 Meteorologist Andrew Humphrey, plus fabulous live and silent auction items.
Taking a seat with the Edmunds family, Don of the Planning Commission and Ida with three decades on the Troy School Board, it was son Mike, who was doing a lot of running of samples to his parents. “It’s all so delicious,” Ida declared. “We never miss this wonderful fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club.”
Even those serving at participating eateries wanted to know what other restaurants they should try. There were many foods of many different nationalities to choose from this year. It was all very tempting.
Participating restaurants were judged by a panel of food connoisseurs in the Critics’ Choice categories, and attendees voted for their favorites in the People’s Choice categories.
Top honors for Critics’ Choice:
• Best Appetizer/Soup/Salad – McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks (Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl with Sushi Rice & Avocado)
• Best Casual Entrée – Billy Sims Barbeque (Pulled Pork Sliders)
• Best Entrée – Sedona Taphouse (Boneless Beef Short Ribs)
• Best Dessert – Ridley’s Bakery Café (Mini Crème Puffs)
• Best Beverage – Tim Hortons (Classic Coffee)
• Best Display – McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks (Elegant Black & White Themed Booth) Winners under the People’s Choice:
• Best Appetizer/Soup/Salad– Brio Tuscan Grille (Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad)
• Best Casual Entrée – Smashburger (Motor City Burger)
• Entrée – Granite City Food & Brewery (Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Stout Demi)
• Best Dessert – Fox & Hounds Pastry Den (Chocolate Torte)
• Best Beverage – Beaumont Health (Hot Chocolate with White Chocolate Cream)
• Best Display – Tim Hortons (25th Anniversary Themed Booth)
A Special Recognition Award was presented to Beaumont Health and PNC Bank for their generous commitment as the 2018 Major Sponsors.
Plaques for Milestone Awards were presented to McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks and Picano’s Italian Grille for 15 years of participating in Taste of Troy.
“We want to thank everyone who helped make this year’s event such a huge success,” said Cindy Stewart, Taste of Troy Chairperson. “Our attendance was excellent, and early tallying indicates we did outstanding on the Live and Silent Auctions. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy an afternoon of fun and great food while supporting a great cause. Also special thanks to our emcee WDIV Meteorologist Andrew Humphrey who has supported the Boys & Girls Club of Troy for 11 years! Thanks to Andrew’s hard work, the Live Auction brought in record profits again this year. We also had relaxing chair massages from a new Troy business Massage Luxe, donating their time to add to the fun.”
During the event, attendees sampled food from the following premier restaurant and food establishments, including: Achatz Handmade Pie Company, Beaumont Health, Billy Sims Barbeque, Brio Tuscan Grille, Cedar Grille, Edible Arrangements, Estia Greek Street Food, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, Fox & Hounds Pastry Den, Granite City Food & Brewery, Kona Grill, La Marsa, LoLo Potluck Mediterranean/Egyptian Cuisine, Maggiano’s Little Italy, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, The Melting Pot, Noodles & Company, Picano’s Italian Grille, Priya Indian Cuisine, Ridley’s Bakery Café, Sedona Taphouse, Shield’s of Troy, Smashburger, Sy Thai, Tim Hortons Troy and Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt.
Major Sponsors: Beaumont Health & PNC Bank; Event Sponsor: San Marino Club; Corporate Sponsor: HAP; Café Sponsors: Genisys Credit Union, Hartland Insurance Group, HMS Mfg. Co, Kiwanis Club of Troy, Mike Savoie Chevrolet, Rotary Club of Troy; Media Sponsor: Troy Times.
Mark your calendars for the 27th annual Taste of Troy on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
All proceeds from the Taste of Troy benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, a nonprofit organization that provides educational and recreational activities, in addition to counseling programs for more than 1,200 children in the tri-county area.