(First 4 and final 5 photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
Big line along the sidewalk leading to The Hall at Fauntleroy when we arrived around 6:30 pm to check out the bigger-every-year event, which has almost 50 West Seattle/White Center food and drink establishments offering bites, sips, treats, and more, all to benefit West Seattle Helpline. They had a limited number of tickets at the door. Big crowd inside, once everybody got in:
One of the fun parts about The Taste is that you get to vote on the offerings – and later, we’ll find out who won. Besides the Helpline, of course, whose Brooks Riendl and executive director Tara Luckie stopped for a moment to pose:
Also in welcoming mode – Helpline board member Rev. Ron Marshall:
More photos to come later tonight!
11:43 PM: First, an update just in from Tara:
Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering Company won Best Savory Taste and Stuffed Cakes won Best Dessert. The event was a sellout with 550 tickets sold. … The proceeds are going to help many families in West Seattle. We can all be proud of such a great community effort. Big thanks to all of the restaurants and sponsors that made the event possible!
Helpline’s photo of the “Best Savory Taste” winners (who served a Savory Seafood Risotto):
And the “Best Dessert” victors:
It was a field crowded with tastiness, too, from venues old and new. On the latter side, Harry’s Chicken Joint made its debut, dishing up chicken strips:
The team from The Bridge reminded everyone they’ve got an excellent menu, with their famous bacon-wrapped dates:
Jack Miller from Husky Deli was offering his famous ice cream in floats:
And a piece de resistance – Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) donating $7,500 to the Helpline!
The night’s total tally is expected to be made public early next week.