TASTE. Chandler’s Culinary Festival descended on Downtown Ocotillo the evening of October 19, providing attendees just that–a TASTE (or many!) of Chandler’s culinary offerings. Live music kicked the night off as guests enjoyed the fare of numerous restaurants, which included Bourbon Jacks, CHoP, Coach & Willies, D’Vine Wine Bar, El Palacio of Chandler, Floridino’s, Frost, Gigi Cupcakes, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Humble Pie, Latitude Eight Thai Grill, Le Cordon Bleu, My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, Nando’s Mexican Food, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Otuku Sushi, Pearl Sushi, Pitta Souvli, Pittsburgh Willy’s, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, SanTan Brewing Company, Shimogamo, The Keg, The Living Room, The Sushi Room, Udder Delights, Vintage 95, Whole Foods, Yoli’s Café and more. Beer, wine and cocktails were flowing and attendees had a chance to bid on silent auction items.
Votes were cast for favorite participants, with nine awards waiting to be claimed: Best of TASTE, American, Asian Inspired, BBQ, Booth Décor, Desserts, Italian, Mexican, Steakhouse, Sushi and Wine Bar.
Serving up New York strip loin and twice baked potato cupcakes, the big winner of the evening was The Keg, taking home “Best of TASTE” as well as the award for the Steakhouse category. This is the second year in a row that The Keg has won the overall award and the third consecutive year to have won in its respective category.
Other winners included: Bourbon Jacks Bar and Grill (American), Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion (Asian Inspired), Porkopolis (BBQ), GiGi’s Cupcakes (Booth Décor), Nothing Bundt Cakes (Desserts), H&H City Pizza (Italian), El Palacio of Chandler (Mexican), Otaku Sushi (Sushi) and D’Vine Wine Bar (Wine Bar).
For El Palacio of Chandler, whose fare included handmade carnitas tacos with all the fixings, the award was one of eight for the restaurant that weekend. Seven additional awards were given to the establishment at the Arizona Taco Festival, also claiming the Reserve Grand Champion title on day two!
To add to what was already a great event, a portion of the proceeds went to St. Joseph the Worker, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the homeless, low income and other disadvantaged individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient through quality employment. All of the proceeds from the silent auction benefited The Salvation Army of Chandler, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates with a mission to feed, to clothe, to comfort and to care.
TASTE. Chandler’s Culinary Festival will be back next year. Don’t miss it! Interested in getting involved? Visit TASTEChandler.com for details, as well as additional information and photos. Check out the event at Facebook.com/TASTEChandler and follow on Instagram @tastechandler.