published Monday, February 28th, 2011

Sample the food from 20 restaurants for $30


BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I’m noticing a trend of late. Last week we talked about free food at a Mocs game — they had their largest crowd of the season for the blackout game last Monday, and we deserve full credit, by the way — and this week, one of the events that caught my eye also involves food. Taste — An Evening of Flavors is Thursday at Warehouse Row.

LISA DENTON: There’s so much to eat at Taste that I don’t even mind the $30 ticket price. Twenty restaurants have signed on to participate, and the ticket grants unlimited samplings (plus one free drink and a souvenir wine glass). I mean, you can’t have too many souvenir wine glasses.

BARRY: Two more and I could host a dinner for 12. My ears really perked up when you mentioned unlimited samples. There are some changes for this year’s Taste. It replaces A Taste of Chattanooga, which had been around for 23 years. The venue is different, but the beneficiary is still the Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga Area.

LISA: I have fond memories of Taste of Chattanooga. It was an all-day affair, but I’d usually go for lunch. They’d have music playing and restaurants serving up their specialties. This year, it’s just an evening event, from 5 to 10. Also unlike previous years, you won’t have to spend tokens as you go. And that’s one change I like. Pay once, and eat all you want. Hmmm, we do seem to be especially keen on unlimited food.

BARRY: Looking over the list of vendors, there will be Thai, Indian, vegetarian, Mexican, sushi, pizza and more from a good variety of local favorites. This is a really good way to sample some foods and restaurants that are maybe outside your normal menu.

LISA: Admission is $5 more if you pay at the door. Even then, trying all the goods would come out to just $1.75 per restaurant. And that’s a pretty sweet deal. For advance tickets, call 267-1127 or visit

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

about Lisa Denton...

Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or

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