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Restaurants from around the city of Kent will be on hand for the annual Taste of Kent on Saturday.
The event, coinciding with the 13th annual Kent Business, Community and Healthcare Expo, will take place in the Theodore Roosevelt High School cafeteria, located at 1400 N. Mantua St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event continues to be popular.
"The Taste of Kent is always a huge hit," said Lori Wemhoff, executive director of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce. "We have a capacity of 12 area restaurants/eateries participating who will offer samples of their menu items. Samples are $1 each, and this year we have an amazing variety of food to patrons to choose from."
New to this year's Taste of Kent will be GRAZERS, Sweet Dreams Bakery and the ZZ Yum Fun. Other vendors will include Twisted Meltz, Popped!, Hometown Bank, Bistro on Main and Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurant, among others.
Greg Sears is the new owner of Mr. Zub's, located at 132 S. Water St. in Kent. This will be his first Taste of Kent experience. He said he plans to bring out his signature Cuban sandwich, consisting of mojo pulled pork, ham, shaved pickles, Swiss cheese and Roasted Poblano Mustard.
Sears said it's important to be at the Taste of Kent event because it puts restaurants in the spotlight.
"It just opens up the doors to another audience," Sears said. "More people can come in that might not have known we were here. Now they know. The main reason I'm doing (the Taste of Kent) is to let that particular crowd know who I am and what I'm about and that I'm here all the time and I will take care of them."
Marilyn Sessions, Hometown Bank's human resource and training officer, will be on hand during the Taste of Kent, cooking flank steaks in support of the annual Grill for Good fundraiser event.
"As a community bank, we strongly support the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and all community events," Sessions said. "I've attended this event every year personally.
However, this will be the first time that Hometown Bank, as an organization, will be represented. It's a terrific opportunity for people to see so many businesses in one area. It's much simpler for businesses to that maybe can't advertise as much as they like to because they are much smaller. This venue is important to attract and retain new customers."
The annual Grill for Good event will take place June 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Hometown Bank Plaza, 142 N. Water St. in downtown Kent.
All of the proceeds for the Taste of Kent go to the KACC's Daniel Smith Memorial Scholarship. Because of the success of last year's Taste of Kent, two, $1,500 scholarships were awarded to graduating Theodore Roosevelt High School seniors last year. The KACC hopes to be able to do the same this May.