The Association of Junior Leagues International was started in 1901 and is a non profit organization of at present, 291 chapters in 4 countries. They are an organization of women promoting educational and charitable activities to improve communities and develop the potential of women.
The Junior League of Fort Myers (JLFM) was established in 1966, and in 2016 are celebrating their 50th anniversary. They perform a number of Charitable Functions for the community. One of these, started in 1982, is Taste of the Town, but more on that later.
I was approached by the JLFM to be a judge for their 2nd annual preview fundraising event for Taste of the Town, Best of Taste in the Park (BTP). At BTP, attendees voted on the food items served, participated in a silent auction, and were entitled to complementary beer, wine and spirit tastings. The proceeds from this event were split between JLFM and the charitable arm of the Boston Red Sox, The Red Sox Foundation.
The event was held at Jet Blue Park, the spring training facility for the Boston Red Sox.
The judges were instructed before the tasting as to how to evaluate the items served by Erin Snead, VIP Tent Co-Chair for Taste of the Town, 2016. Kara Sadjak and Amelia May also participated as co-chairs of the VIP tent.
Here were our evaluation forms for the 11 items served to us.
We were not told which restaurant submitted each entry, a "blind" tasting.
There were a number of dishes served to us
mostly in tasting portions exemplary of what one would be served for The Taste of the Town.
I will not tell you how I voted or give you an opinion of what was served but here were some of the entries for judging. Keep in mind these were the display items for the purpose of judging the aesthetics of each entry. There were starter items,
After the judging, the Best of Taste in the Park Started, and was capped at 200 participants.
There was a silent auction
with items that were mostly of a sports, food and lodging theme.
A number of restaurants provided food. This mentioning is not inclusive but included Black Salt, the catering arm of Fathoms Restaurant and Bar,
EE to LEET KE Grill at Seminole Casino
There was also beer and wine and craft spirit tastings.
This was a preview of Taste of the Town, which will be held Sunday, November 6, from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. at Jet Blue Park. It looks like it will be a great event, and over 25 restaurants and 10,000 attendees expected. I hope all will come to what promises to be a really good day out.
Taste of the Town 2016
Jet Blue Park
11 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Fort Myers, FL