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Organizers have new recipe for “Taste” May 23


There will be a fresh flavor to one of our region's most anticipated culinary events when the Taste of Livingston County returns in May. In its 19th year, the event will continue to feature a delicious variety of foods from area restaurants, but with a new venue, organizers, and vision.

"We are calling it a signature event to promote signature dishes," explains Livingston County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Laura Lane. "The goal is to promote and highlight signature dishes of our local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wineries, cideries, and breweries to encourage repeat dining opportunities throughout Livingston County."

The Taste of Livingston County will take place at 5:30pm Tuesday, May 23 at Camp Stella Maris, 4395 East Lake Road in Livonia. The event is being co-organized by the Livingston County Chamber and The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, the area's largest not-for-profit assisting individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Proceeds will be split evenly between the two organizations.

Originally a project of the Livingston County Health Department, and later run by Genesee Valley Health Partnership, the Taste of Livingston County made its name as a heart-healthy food tasting event. For 2017, the nutritional guidelines are being relaxed, in favor of a more general food tasting event that aligns with the shared values and goals of the organizers.

"The Chamber and The Arc are both advocacy organizations," says Arc Executive Director Martin Miskell. "Their focus is business, and ours is people with disabilities. But we both stress inclusion to build our local community. At our core, both groups bring people together -- and nothing brings people together quite like great food."

Admission is $20. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite, or contact Arc Public Relations Director Jeff Thomas at (585) 658-2828 ext. 128.