This year’s Taste of Downtown was another big success, and yet again, had amazing weather. I’ve been going for the past three years now, and it’s always been a beautiful evening. I’m calling this year’s event “Battle Pulled Pork!” in the fashion of Iron Chef, because so many of the participating restaurants featured pulled pork of some kind (JD’s Tavern, The Farm, Dos Amigos, Jillian’s… did I miss any?). It was definitely interesting to compare and contrast all the different varieties. As a North Carolina native, I am no stranger to the low-and-slow cuisine, and with BBQ in my very DNA I think Jillian’s hosted by With Heart & Hand had the absolute best last night.
Please enjoy a few of my favorite photos from the evening….. my husband and I hit nearly allllllll the locations and it was all a blur by the end. We had a great time, as usual!
Another interesting fact to note was that there was a huge increase in the number of desserts sampled!! I remember in years past there have been only a couple of desserts that I know of, but this year we had Bananas Foster from The Patio’s chef Jason Jette, Carrot Cupcakes and marshmallows from Planet Marshmallow, gorgeous pastries from Finesse Pastries, chocolates from Van Otis Chocolates and Granite State Candy Shoppe, Ben & Jerry’s, cannolis from 900 Degrees, cookies from scratch from Jillian’s….. among others!