What's better than eating dinner at a popular local restaurant?
Getting small doses of several, that's what!
The Buds recently had the pleasure of attending the annual "A Taste of Elm Grove" event that not only highlights the delicious foods of local businesses but serves as a fundraiser to provide $1000 college scholarships to local students. A resounding win for all involved!
Pictured is food prepared by Ye Olde Alpha: butternut squash ristotto and two flavors of shrimp.
Sponsored by the Elm Grove Business Association, the fun-filled event held at Monument Place included food sampling of entrees, side dishes, appetizers and desserts as well as music and a silent auction.
This year there were fourteen vendors at the event including Domino's Pizza, Elm Terrace Deli, McDonald's, Truck Stops of America, Ye Olde Alpha, Figaretti's, River City, Tito's Sloppy Doggs, Quaker Steak & Lube, The Grindhouse, Ruttenbuck's Bar & Grill, CD's Irish Pub, Dairy Queen and Oliver's Pies. With such an exciting line-up, the Buds couldn't wait to get started!
A familiar face in the realm of pizza chains, the folks at the Elm Grove Domino's were on hand with samples of their handmade pan pizza and sinfully sweet Cinna Stix. The pizza was hot and tasty, with a nice thick crust. Uuuummmm. 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.
Next stop was the Elm Terrace Deli which left the Buds with a good impression at last year's event. Not to disappoint, they served pulled pork sliders, their crescent-rolled pepperoni rolls and fresh egg salad. The pulled pork was tender and lean with a sauce that had the perfect combination of sweet and smoky. As they remembered from before, the unique pep rolls were a delight. The Buds speculate that it would be way too easy to overload on those little suckers.
Following the deli was McDonald's who had plenty of samples of their sweet tea as well as chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. The Buds each grabbed a cookie to enjoy as dessert. Nom nom nom.
Making their way around the perimeter of the room, the Buds happened upon Truck Stops of America who proudly served up fresh-carved roast beef sandwiches and stuffed cabbage rolls. Bud Shaunna opted to try the roast beef while Bud Em decided on a cabbage roll. Comfort food at it's best, both items were hot and delicious. No wonder the parking lot is always full at that place!
Moving along, the Buds picked up some very tasty items from one of their favorite haunts: Ye Olde Alpha. The popular eatery offered a selection of prime rib, citrus and roasted red pepper shrimp, and a creamy butternut squash risotto. *Sigh*
The tender prime rib was cooked perfectly and both shrimp varieties were bursting with flavor. The risotto was a rich little taste of heaven that went well with both entrees. The Alpha never disappoints!
Figaretti's, another area favorite, was the next stop. The Buds were served cheese-filled ravioli with Fig's own yummy marinara sauce. Fabulous. You just can't go wrong filling pasta with loads of creamy ricotta, and their sauce has the most perfect blend of herbs and spices. Well done!
Next, the Buds encountered River City's display which marked the halfway point for the evening. Phew! Fourteen vendors is kind of a big deal!! Anywho, while their bellies were already nearing full capacity, there is always room for River City's wonderful (literally) artichoke dip. The warm, creamy concoction is always delicious so the Buds helped themselves to a healthy dose with plenty of chips for dipping. The downtown eatery also brought along meatballs in marinara sauce and stuffed potato skins.
There's plenty more food to discuss so make sure you tune in next week for a second helping of Taste of Elm Grove!
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