Central Ohio residents will be able to enjoy unlimited samples from some of the best restaurants in the Gahanna area during the 15th annual Taste of Gahanna.
Sponsored by the Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce, the celebration will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Aladdin Shrine Event & Conference Center, 3850 Stelzer Road, near Easton Town Center.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at Taste.GahannaAreaChamber.com for $20. On the week of the event, tickets will cost $25 and may be purchased at the door. Children ages 4 to 10 will be admitted for $10, and those ages 3 and younger will be admitted for free.
Chamber director Leslee Blake said new food exhibitors in this year's lineup include Mezzo Gahanna and Creekside Conference & Event Center.
Others that will offer samples at the food smorgasbord are Catering by Design, City Barbeque, Embassy Suites Columbus Airport, FM All American Bar and Grill, Giant Eagle Gahanna, The Golf Village at Central Park, J. Gumbo's, Jefferson Country Club, Kensington Place, King Gyros Greek Restaurant, Longhorn Steakhouse, Los Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant, The Melting Pot, National Church Residence Stygler Road, Old Bag of Nails, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, Rotelli's Pizza Pasta Perfect, Smoothie King, The Worthington and Wyandotte Winery.
Blake said J. Gumbo's was voted as the people's favorite last year, and Jefferson County Club won best display.
During a "Chefs' Challenge," area chefs will bring ingredients to create their own signature entree in 30 minutes or less at the event.
"That's a highlight of the event," Blake said. "Doug Miller from Jefferson Country Club will be back to defend his title."
She said door prizes are being handled a little differently in an effort to provide a higher value.
"We'll do bundled door prizes," Blake said. "We're looking to start them at around a $100 value and going up. Attendees can purchase tickets for that. There's a higher value, and the chances change a little bit. That's new."
Taste of Gahanna, which attracted 750 guests last year, will continue its Halloween theme, complete with a costume contest.
"We encourage people to dress up in costume," Blake said. "It's a cash bar and unlimited samples. It's three hours of a terrific event, where you can network with friends and family and be home at a reasonable time. It's our signature event."
This year's new celebrity host will be Karina Nova, WBNS-10TV news reporter.
Entertainment will be provided by The Dwight Lenox Quartet.
For more information, call 614-471-0451.