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25th Annual Taste Of Estes April 23rd

By: Kris Hazelton

Mark your calendars and get your taste buds ready for a delicious evening at Quota Club of Estes Park’s 25th annual Taste of Estes event.

This fun community tradition features 24 of some of the areas best restaurants offering savory samples of their menu offerings. There are a number of new participants this year offering up tastes of some of the best food in the Estes Valley.

The Taste of Estes will be held on Thursday, April 23rd at the Estes Park Conference Center on South St. Vrain (Highway 7) from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Participating restaurants this year are; Estes Park Pie Shop, Ed’s Cantina, Pura Vida, Hunter’s Chop House, YMCA of the Rockies, Starbucks, Grandma’s Mountain Cookies, Dunraven Downtown, The Big Horn Restaurant, Peak to Peak American Grille, The View Restaurant, Wild Rose, Estes Park Brewery, Oskar Blues, Notchtop Bakery and Café, Laura’s Fudge, The Shores at Lake Shore Lodge, Aspen Lodge, LongZ Grill, Wapiti, Sweet Basilico, Egg & I, Thai Kitchen, and Mountain Home Café.

At the event, you’ll enjoy an endless array of delicious food. You’ll have the opportunity to try boneless Buffalo wings, roasted pork loin with maple bourbon sauce, fudge, turtles, caramels, lasagna, chicken marsala, cajun shrimp and polenta, tilapia with mandarin oranges & almonds, assorted pies, cakes, and brownies, nachos, flautas, quesadillas, margarita shrimp, chipotle shrimp, guacamole salad, hickory smoked barbeque, Louisiana steak and shrimp and vegetarian egg rolls, strawberry soup, pad cashew chicken, Thai stir fried rice with shrimp, beef, chicken and pork, delicious coffees, Wapiti Oak Aged Brown Ale and  Stinger Honey Wheat beers, three kinds of bruschetta, Cowboy Ciao, chicken pasta dish, broiled salmon, prime rib, homemade focaccia bread, bison meatloaf with mediterranean stuffing, saffron mashed potatoes, grilled seafood, barbeque brisket, cowboy beans, shrimp etoufee and crab cakes, chocolate ganache tart, pork tamales smothered with green chili and baked Alaska oatmeal! Wow, what a spread! Yum!

A fun new addition to Taste of Estes is Quota Club’s second annual drawing for a one of a kind, artist crafted birdhouse.

Expert woodworkers at Good Samaritan Village crafted some wonderful wooden birdhouses which Quota Club purchased. The quality of workmanship on these birdhouses is phenomenal.
Many local artists then picked up a birdhouse and had fun decorating them in various ways. Each one is a work of art, a unique, one of a kind creation to be used indoors, or out.

The birdhouses will be on display in the front lobby of MedX next week where you will be able to purchase tickets to enter to win one of the birdhouses. Tickets will cost $1 for one ticket, $5 for six tickets and $10 for 13 tickets. Each ticket offers you a chance to win a birdhouse.

On the day of the Taste, Quotarians will move the birdhouses over to the Holiday Inn Conference Center where you’ll have another opportunity to enter the drawing which will be held that evening. The winners names will be drawn at the end of the night at Taste of Estes and those who win, will be able to take their wonderful new, artisan crafted birdhouse home with them.
Make sure to bring your wallets and some cash with you to Taste, to purchase your tickets. (winners do not need to be present to win).

Sponsors for the Taste of Estes this year are Coldwell Banker/Estes Village Properties, Wine and Cheese, First National Bank of Estes Park, Animal Medical Center, Bank of Colorado, Melanie & Randy Humphrey/The Perfect Portrait, and Stephen Jackson, CPA.

Taste of Estes is a fun springtime event where you not only enjoy great food, you get to venture out and reconnect with your friends and neighbors who you may not have seen during these long winter months.

Proceeds from Taste tickets go to support the various club projects Quota works on such as the ongoing ambulance drive, to purchase another new ambulance for our community as well as automatic heart defibrillators-making Estes Park a “heart safe” community, student grants, hearing and speech needs, service to youth and elderly needs, international and community projects and the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Don’t miss the Taste of Estes, a delicious Estes Park tradition. It’s the place to be!

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