Combine generous portions of top quality food and drink, a dash of local flavor, and a splash of support for two of the area’s most significant advocacy organizations; mix well at a breathtakingly scenic venue; and you have the recipe for the 22nd annual Taste of Livingston County, coming Tuesday, May 19 to Camp Stella Maris in Livonia.
Described by Chamber President and CEO Laura Lane as “a signature event to promote signature dishes,” the Taste of Livingston County features bottomless samplings from the county’s top restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wineries, cideries, and breweries. Originally a project of the Livingston County Health Department, and later run by Genesee Valley Health Partnership, the Chamber and The Arc were given ownership of the event in 2017. They introduced a fresh venue in the form of Camp Stella Maris, and relaxed the nutritional guidelines in favor of a more general food tasting event that aligns with the shared values.
“The Chamber and The Arc are both advocacy organizations,” Arc Executive Director Martin Miskell said at the time. “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.”