Taste of Hope Announces Top Honors for 2014 Culinary Tasting Event

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More than thirty restaurants and vendors took part in the eighth annual Taste of Hope (formerly named Taste of Stones River) held last month in the Belk parking lot.

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The event raised over $40,000 for the Primary Care & Hope Clinic. The evening included entertainment from The Pilots and Mid South Mobile DJ's, a kid's fun zone with inflatables and games, and over 100 delicious food and drink samples.

Event attendees sampled the wide variety of culinary creations and cast their votes for top honors in categories including: 'Best Entrée', Best Dessert', 'Best Beverage', 'Best Booth', 'Best Beer', and 'Best Kids Zone Activity'.

Restaurants/vendors receiving awards are:

Best Entrée: Alex Belew Catering
Best Dessert: Gigi's Cupcakes
Best Beverage: Oscar's Taco Shop
Best Booth: Chuy's
Best Beer: O'Possum's Pub
Best Kids Zone Activity: Jump Jump Bounce

Restaurants and participants included: A+ Storage, Academy of Gateway, Alex Belew Catering, Bar Louie, Bunganut Pig, Carl's All Purpose Seasoning, Children's Dentistry of Murfreesboro, Chuy's, The Curious Kitchen, DET Distributing Co./Sam Adams Beer, Domino's Pizza, The Egg and I, Epicurean Olive Oil Co., Five Senses, Genghis Grill, Gigi's Cupcakes, H&R Block, Jason's Deli, Jump Jump Bounce, Kababi Mediterranean Cuisine, Legends Steakhouse, Macaroni Grill, Mimi's Café, Nacho's Mexican Restaurant, O'Possums's Pub, Oscar's Taco Shop, Pampered Chef, Papa John's Pizza, Papa's Italian Ice, Purity/Murfreesboro Pure Milk Co., Rice and Beans Cuban Café, Rita's Italian Ice of Murfreesboro, Sam's Sports Grill, State Farm-Michael Busey, Stones River Total Beverage, and Sundrop/Prescott Bottling.

Event sponsors included: Hayne's Lumber, Ole South Properties, World Outreach Church, HCA/TriStar Health, Walgreens, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Leslie & Mark Akins, St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, and The Avenue Murfreesboro.

Media sponsors included: Daily News Journal, Macaroni Kid, Murfreesboro Magazine, Murfreesboro Post, Murfreesboro Pulse, Rutherford Parent Magazine, and VIP Murfreesboro.

"We're grateful to the sponsors, restaurants and thousands of attendees who helped to make this year's event such a great success," said June Bilbo, Taste of Hope Committee Member. "All proceeds will benefit the Primary Care and Hope Clinic in Murfreesboro."

The Primary Care and Hope Clinic is a non-profit community health center that provides quality, affordable family health services for medically uninsured, underserved, Medicare and TennCare families in Rutherford County and the surrounding area.

"As the need for uninsured medical services continues to rise, the Primary Care and Hope Clinic relies even more on donations and support from the community," said Lisa Terry, Primary Care and Hope Clinic CEO. "The funds raised through the Taste of Hope will help us continue our mission to provide medical care to uninsured and underserved families and will also help us meet the growing demand for additional services."

To learn more about the Primary Care and Hope Clinic call (615)893-9390 or visit www.hopeclnc.org

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