By Denise DuBois
Friday night was the annual Toast of the Town event – a fund-raiser for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra – and a great way to taste all the amazing foods the region has to offer. I look forward to covering and attending this event each year because it gives me the opportunity to eat from restaurants that I may not otherwise be able to visit.
As soon as we walked in, there were tables full of delicious delights and savory bites. There were many different vineyards, distilleries and spirit makers on hand to let us try their drinks and learn a little more about how these things are made.
I was so excited about the event that I hardly ate the two days prior. It all worked out just fine. I saw some friends at the event who were attending for the first time, and my advice is always the same: pace yourself, or you’ll be full in 15 minutes and won’t be able to try everything.
Some of the best food came from East Alabama restaurants! Acre (Auburn), The Depot (Auburn), John Emerald Distilleries (Opelika), Girlfriends Catering & Diner (Phenix City), and Red Clay Brewing Co. (Opelika) were in attendance. Girlfriends had shooters filled with collards, black-eyed peas and cornbread. It was amazing.
This event always reminds me that I want to learn to bake. I can cook now (I’ve mastered my meal-prep meals), but baking is a whole new game for me. Every time I try to make cookies, they don’t rise the proper way or they burn on the bottom and each time, my mom tells me what I did wrong. Regardless, filling my mouth with macaroons and shortbread, I’m reminded that I want to try to make these things at home.
The great thing is if I fail, I can always visit one of the restaurants and buy what I couldn’t make.
Mark your calendar for next year because you won’t want to miss Toast of the Town if you’ve never been.
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