Last week, the Buds served up part 1 of our evening at the annual "Taste of Elm Grove." Not only is delicious food served by local businesses, but the event is also a fund-raiser to help provide $1000 college scholarships to local students. How's that for a great combo platter?
The twelve vendors at the event were Domino's Pizza, Quaker Steak & Lube, McDonald's, Dairy Queen, Ruttenbucks, Oliver's Pies, Hall of Fame Cafe, the Elm Terrace Deli, River City, Marian's Place, Ye Olde Alpha and Figaretti's.
So if you're ready, here's your second helping of the Taste of Elm Grove.
With bellys already nearing full capacity, the Buds made their way to the McDonald's table. It was no surprise to see they brought along their fabulous and popular sweet tea, as well as tasty chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. Everything here would be more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth!
At the Domino's table, the friendly folks offered us a slice of their pan pizza. The Buds also enjoyed munching on the cinnamon sticks, that had a yummy cinnamon-sugar topping. We love when a pizza restaurant offers a tasty dessert option that measures up to the high bar set by their fresh pizza.
The Buds made their way around the perimeter of the large room inside the Osiris Shrine at Monument Place and wound up at their next stop, Marian's Place. A pleasant surprise and Bud favorite from a recent lunch there, Marian's Place did not disappoint the Buds with their tasty selection. The eatery offered up a healthy salad of romaine lettuce with sliced almonds and oranges, a fresh bread with chicken salad and a unique potato, yam and onion sidedish. The Buds enjoyed the fall flavor combinations in the sidedish - what a great idea for a new comfort food!
Next up was Quaker Steak & Lube who brought along two delicious flatbreads - a philly cheesesteak and California veggie ranch. These flatbreads are both staples on the appetizer menu at the restaurant, although the Buds have never tried them. No better time than now! And we were glad we did - both were quite good.
Being a Bud is hard work, and even though we were both nearing dangerously full levels, we trudged on, undeterred by our tightening waistbands. In an effort to lighten up our next plate of food, we headed on over to sample River City's appetizers, which also won for best appetizers. The Buds were excited to see their warm, creamy artichoke dip, and they piled their plates high with plenty of chips and dip. Also on the menu were Thai or sweet chili chicken tenders. The Thai chicken had a slight spice, while the sweet chili had a nice sweetness. Delicious!
The Buds then slid on over to check out Ruttenbucks' display. There was a nice spread of options here for just about anyone, as they served hot chicken soup, barbecue pulled pork, fresh coleslaw, chips and bruschetta. The soup warmed Bud Shaunna, as it was a cool and rainy evening, and Bud Em scarfed down the yummy bruschetta. Apparently the public enjoyed the spread too, as Ruttenbucks took the award for best sides.
Figaretti's, an area favorite, was the next stop. We were served by a very adorable boy, who offered us a choice of mushroom tortellini with either alfredo or marinara sauce. The Buds were torn! Could we pass up creamy alfredo sauce? But if we had that, we'd miss out on Figaretti's outstanding homemade marinara sauce? The tough decision was made to just get a little of both. Don't say we aren't problem solvers!
And what would be a delectable selection of appetizers, sides and entrees without finishing up with the winner of the best dessert? Luckily, the Buds didn't have to go without when we headed over to Oliver's Pies. Mini chocolate, cherry, coconut cream and banana cream pies were ours for the sampling. Bud Em tasted the chocolate and cherry varieties, while Bud Shaunna chose the banana cream and coconut cream - which is Oliver's best selling pie. Just take one bite of this coconut cream dream and you'll know why! What a great way to end the evening.
The Buds left the Taste of Elm Grove feeling happy and very full. What a great event for the area, and for a good cause too. We can hardly wait for next year's event!
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