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'Taste' to benefit volunteerism

When you take a taste of about 60 dishes expected at Taste of the Valley, you also help encourage volunteerism, especially among youths.

Jessica Nelson, Volunteer Center special events and fundraising coordinator, said they hope people buying tickets to sample foods at the 21 booths will raise $8,500 for the center’s youth programs. The number of tickets to be sold is limited by space available, she said.

The youth programs that will benefit include Points of Light leadership classes for youth volunteers, summer youth volunteer program, summer KIVS (Kids Interested in Volunteer Service) program, VIVA (Volunteens in Volunteer Action), Friend 2 Friend youth mentoring in schools, and Reading Is Fundamental.

Here are the restaurants and dishes expected at Taste of the Valley on Monday.

Applebee’s: Grilled Greek chicken salad, penne rosa with sweet Italian sausage, roasted garlic and asiago chicken breast and maple butter blondie

The Backe Door Gourmet: Asian slaw and white chicken chili

Barnhill’s Buffet: Jambalaya, shrimp Creole and peanut butter pie

Big Bob Gibson’s Barbecue: Seven-time world championship pulled pork shoulder with blue ribbon sauce medley, Brunswick stew and lemon ice box pie

Café 113: Chef’s mushrooms, cheese tortellini alfredo, raspberry vinaigrette spinach salad and bread pudding with Bailey’s caramel sauce

Casual Gourmet: Creamy garlic pepperjack grits and bacon and cheddar grits

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: Chili, broccoli casserole, chicken pot pie, banana pudding and blackberry cobbler

Giovanni’s Italian Grill: Crab cakes and tiramisu

Hard Dock Café: Crab balls and crawfish etouffee

Java Jaay: Cashew chicken salad and brownies

J.W. Steakhouse: Beef kabobs, chicken fingers, bread pudding

Las Vias: undecided

Logan’s Roadhouse: Baby back ribs

Louie’s: Seafood salad, ranch mushroom red potatoes, Louie’s herb chicken, mini cannoli and baklava

Market Street Café: Prime rib with Market Street potatoes and rosemary demi-glaze and Buckeye pie

O’Charley’s: Spinach and artichoke dip, baby back ribs and Key lime pie

Purity Dairies: Ice cream

Sara Lynn’s Party World and Weddings: Vanilla cake with buttercream icing and white chocolate mints

Simply Delicious: undecided

Simp McGhee’s: undecided

Sweet Sensations and Classic Catering: undecided

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