Buds satisfied at Taste of the Town

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 19, 2005

TUSCALOOSA/GREENSBORO- If you didn’t go, your taste buds are probably still yearning for that certain flavor that could’ve been found at the 16th Annual “Taste of the Town.”

The event was held Aug. 16 at Shelton State Community College and began at 5:30 p.m.

As always, the funds were donated to United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama, or UCPWA.

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“Generally speaking it was fabulous,” Toni Franklin, executive director of UCPWA, said. “It was wall to wall with people and we had a record crowd.”

The total count for the event was more than 900 people and 27 participating restaurants.

Greensboro’s Southern Pride Catfish even got in on Tuscaloosa’s annual event.

The division of American Pride Seafoods teamed with Bottom Feeders to serve catfish and hushpuppies.

“It did well,” Wendy Dixon-White, marketing and media relations for American Pride Seafoods, said. “I was real surprised. The lines were unbelievable.”

According to White, this is at least Southern Pride’s third year participating in the event.

“Last year we brought scallops, but everyone wanted catfish,” she said. “So this year we brought catfish back.”

White said a lot of people have never heard of Southern Pride so an event like “Taste of the Town” helps to get the name out.

American Pride Seafoods products are sold at Wal-mart, Albert’s and many other areas outside of Alabama. The company has bagged products such as catfish, hushpuppies, and scallops. It also has a variety of fun foods on the Disney Seafood line.

Twenty-two prospective Tuscaloosa city officials also made appearances at the event to participate in “Meet the Candidates.”

Franklin said the Taste had more volunteer and general participation ever in the history of the event.

The event raised about $16,000 with net revenue of $15,000.

“We still have more money coming in from ticket sales,” Franklin said.

If you missed the event, the winners were:

Bad Ass Coffee of Tuscaloosa won “Best Beverage.”

It Takes the Cake of Tuscaloosa won “Best Appetizer.”

Shindigs Catering of Tuscaloosa won “Best Entr/e.”

The Flamingo Room of Northport won “Best Dessert.”

And “Best of Show” went to, drum roll please, It Takes the Cake.