Celebrate good, local eats at Lake Zurich’s Taste of the Towns
BY LAURA PAVIN For Sun-Times Media | @LauraPavinNews August 23, 2013 11:45AM
Deer Park resident Josh Kwiatkowski pours Amareto cocktails at the Biaggi's booth during the Chamber of Commerce's Taste of the Towns event last year at Paulus Park. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 23, 2013 2:39AM
It’s nearly time, once again, for Lake Zurich area residents and their friends to sample food from their favorite and potential new favorite local eateries.
Rain or shine, the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Taste of the Towns will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road. The 2013 edition will feature a long lineup of menu samples from local restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries for attendees to enjoy while walking from one vendor to the next, or sitting down at the park’s picnic and pavilion seating.
Tasting Menus must be purchased to try the samples: pre-sale menus are available through Aug. 23 for $30 each, or two for $50. If they aren’t sold-out by Sunday, menus can be purchased on-site for $35.
Despite the rain that fell on the event last year, attendance was at about 500 people. If the rain holds off this time, organizers are expecting to draw close to 1,000 attendees. If it does rain, the chamber will have the same pop-up tents and umbrellas to keep the event dry.
Dale Perrin, executive director of the chamber, said the Taste, held each year to showcase the town’s food and beverage providers, will feature 18 different vendors — a mix of both new and returning options.
Though it has yet to open in town, Copper Fiddle Distillery will set up as a speakeasy offering up adult beverages to those 21 years and older when given the password “GIN.”
Wines for Humanity is returning for Wine 101.
“They’ll be doing a whole presentation on how to properly taste the wine, what makes it a good wine and what foods to pair it with,” Perrin said of the light-hearted “course,” which will be conducted a few different times throughout the day.
Perrin also expressed excitement about having Lake Zurich’s 90-year-old Scoreboard Bar & Grill participate for the first time this year with angus beef sliders served on a pretzel roll.
Diamond Fresh Seafood Market & Cafe, also joining the Taste for the first time, will serve crab cakes with Louisiana Remoulade and smoked salmon artichoke dip with tortilla chips.
Also serving up samples this year are local favorites like Beelow’s Steakhouse; Biaggi’s Ristorante; Binny’s Beverage Depot; Couture Cupcake Cafe; d’Vine Wine and Gifts; Eduardo’s Catering; Julio’s Latin Cocina; Long Grove Cafe; On Occasion Catering; Pupusita Express; The Fresh Market; Trader Joe’s; and Whole Foods Market.
For the first time, the Foglia YMCA will set up a climbing wall and bouncy house for the kids. Additionally, Casten Body Shop, Go Hardball Training Academy and The Learning Tree are sponsoring the children’s entertainment area of the park.
Perrin said Casten Body Shop will once again roll a car into the park for the popular “paint the car” activity. Last year, the shop provided a Buick LaSabre for children to paint, and ended up with a modern art masterpiece, of sorts, by the time the day was over.
The family-oriented event will feature performances from Trilogy School of Performing Arts and Deja Vu. People are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to set up around the park and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the towns.
For more information, visit www.lzacc.com/chamber_event_taste.php.