Organizers of Thomson's Taste of Fall to benefit the American Heart Association are adding zest to the spread of this year's gala. Actually, what they are adding is elbowroom.
The event will feature at least 20 local restaurateurs and caterers who will serve "tastes" of their specialty recipes in a casual-elegant atmosphere complete with drinks, door prizes, auction, and entertainment.
"Last year, people were pleasantly surprised, that it was such a nice occasion, they just stayed and visited with one another," said Billie Thomas, a volunteer with the Thomson-McDuffie County American Heart Association.
The local AHA board decided that last year's event was a little crowded at The Depot, and will move this year's event to The Old Box Factory on Black Street in downtown Thomson.
"It really lends itself to decorating," said Mrs. Thomas about the Box Factory. "There's so much space that we won't be on top of each other like last year. Everyone will have room to stand around the tables and talk if they want to."
Patrons purchase a ticket to the event that enables them to enjoy tasting as much of Thomson as they want. All restaurant vendors donate their food and time. All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Heart Association.
The AHA board is currently seeking vendors to volunteer their services, a sponsor to purchase paper plates, cups, and napkins, and local artists and craftsmen who are willing to donate works of art for an auction.
"As a vendor, this is the number one advertising advent I can use, so I want to push it as hard as I can," said Tommy Samuels, owner of Chinaberry Foods.
The event is just in time for restaurants and caterers to advertise their business before the holidays.
Mr. Samuels said he sells tickets to the event, and donates cakes for door prizes. Other door prizes are provided by Richard's Florist, Peacock Hill, Cecelia Howell Florist, and Sue Wilson.
Thomson's Taste of Fall will be from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Historic Box Factory. Tickets are $25 per couple in advance, $15 per individual, and $18 at the door. Advance Tickets are available through the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, Peacock Hill, or Chinaberry Foods.
Call 597-1000 for more information.