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Tasteful event benefits Food Resources Inc.

May 23, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

Correction: Due to a reporter's error, the version of this story in the print edition of the May 24, 2010, Herald-Mail and an earlier online version misspelled the name of Spriggs Delight Farm's owner. Her name is Joyce Powers. The Herald-Mail apologizes for the mistake.

HAGERSTOWN -- Seventeen businesses and more than 330 people participated in The Herald-Mail Co.'s "In Good Taste" food and wine celebration Sunday afternoon at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center.

The event, held from noon to 5 p.m., included wine tasting and food samples from local restaurants and caterers, as well as live music and demonstrations.

Participants also got a copy of a Herald-Mail cookbook that compiles favorite reader-submitted recipes, as well as recipes from In Good Taste participating businesses.


"We had a number of readers over the last several years ask us to do a Herald-Mail cookbook," Herald-Mail product development director Dave Elliott said. The In Good Taste event grew out of that project, he said.

Daniel True, 23, of Warfordsburg, Pa., said that through the event, he learned about some local restaurants about which he had never heard and the $10 admission price made the sampling even sweeter.

"You can't go wrong with that cost, I don't think," he said.

Wine aficionados Steve Bassen, 29, and Gregg Anderson, 47, both of Hagerstown, said they enjoyed the food samples, but it was the wine tasting that attracted them to the event.

"There's actually a decent selection" of wine, Bassen said.

Some participants went beyond sampling and bought items to take home.

Angela Danko, 30, of Mercersburg, Pa., liked Bittersweet Herb Farm's Smoked Maple Chipotle finishing sauce so much that she couldn't resist buying a bottle.

"It's wonderful," Danko said.

Trisha Bair, 27, of Hagerstown, and her boyfriend, Jonathan Horowitz, 32, said they were familiar with most of the restaurants represented at the event, but they learned about some catering companies.

"We're appreciative that someone would put something like this on," said Horowitz, who said he liked the variety of the food and the opportunity "to be able to try everything at one place."

Horowitz and Bair picked a pork loin sample from Mrs. Gibble's Family Dining as their favorite dish.

Mrs. Gibble's, on U.S. 11 north of Greencastle, Pa., serves family-style meals where diners pass platters of side dishes around the table as they would at home, owner Kim Eshleman said.

Eric Beamer, bar manager for 1912 Hoover House in Waynesboro, Pa., said participating in the event was a good way to spread the word about the restaurant, which opened about five years ago in a historic house in Waynesboro's town center.

"We still find a lot of people don't know about us," Beamer said, as he dished out samples of a chicken stir-fry dish.

Russell Ruckman, 35, of Hagerstown, said the chicken stir fry was one of the best dishes he sampled at the event. He also liked a garlic-and-herb-flavored goat cheese he sampled from Spriggs Delight Farm.

Jackie Rebok, 30, of Hagerstown, also picked Spriggs Delight Farm's goat cheese as her favorite offering of the event. Rebok said the cheese she liked had fruit and nuts.

Spriggs Delight Farm owner Joyce Powers said she hoped the event would provide good publicity for the farm, which is on Tommytown Road near Sharpsburg and includes a small store.

"This is the first time we've ever done anything like this," Powers said.

The Herald-Mail is donating 10 percent of the proceeds from businesses' participation fees to Food Resources Inc., Elliott said.

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