by Lorie Lewis Ham
Another Reedley Taste of the Town is nearly upon us. It’s an evening of great food and fun on the streets of downtown Reedley. Enjoy a fun video interview with the Reedley Downtown Association’s Barbie Shakespeare about this year’s event and then see what some of the local restaurants who will be participating have to say!
This is our third year participating in Taste of the Town. We will be serving one of our new homemade soups: Cheeseburger Soup. It’s delicious! It’s like eating a cheeseburger with less carbs.
It’s (Taste of the Town) a great event. The Reedley Downtown Association does an excellent job of getting participation from so many restaurants and vendors. The atmosphere is always fun and the food is always good! It’s a great opportunity to sample the best food Reedley has to offer.
I have been involved since its inception; however, we did miss one event when an employee was not available to take my place at work. Business first.
Since it’s an Arabian theme [this year], we’ll do a Barley Salad with eggplant, raisins, Kalamata olives and sweet onions along side an Almond stuffed, bacon wrapped Date. Second course will be Moroccan Spiced Chicken over Cracked Wheat and finally for dessert an Almond cake with citrus icing.
It’s always been about trying to support the community. It’s also fun to get out of the kitchen and meet people face to face, see and hear there comments to what we are serving. Hopefully developing new customers. We feel like it is an enjoyable event for the downtown. I particularly like it now since it is more compact, all in one block, fun atmosphere.
This will be our third year. We will be serving Chilled Yukon Potato Soup Garnished with Crispy Braised Duck, Local Peaches and Drizzled with Maple Syrup. What we like best about this event is the community involvement.
I believe this year is the 17th year, and we only missed one year. So 16 years we have participated. [We will be serving] what we are famous for, Mainstreet Club Sandwiches with a variety of French Fries. This year we choose to stick with our menu, give people what they really like. We’ve tried ‘fancy’ items and items not on our menu, for us the feedback was ‘we like coming to Mainstreet because it’s good food we know’.
Nine times out of 10 people ask for ‘the Mainstreet Club’ not just a ‘club sandwich’. We are highlighting our Beer Battered Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, and Shoestring Fries.
Many things come to mind for the reasons why we like being involved in Taste of the Town, but honestly we just like being out for the community participants that come to the event.
We will be serving pastries, most notably a variety of our famous scones! We will also have hot and cold coffee and tea drinks, including our Tropical Tea Cooler.
The MCC Cafe is located in the heart of downtown Reedley. Being part of community events and the downtown association are great ways to interact with the community of Reedley. Since the MCC Cafe has recently opened, we are excited to showcase our varieties of baked goods and beverages.