"A Taste of the Good Life," an event commemorating the German Village Society's 50th anniversary, is set for Saturday.

"A Taste of the Good Life," an event commemorating the German Village Society's 50th anniversary, is set for Saturday.

The gala is slated for 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Haaf Hall in the Grange Insurance building, 671 S. High St.

Sarah Irvin Clark, chair of the society's 50th anniversary committee, said few tickets remain and expects the event to sell out. Tickets are $75 for members and $100 for others. They are available at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

"All of the proceeds are going to go back the German Village Society and we will continue our historic preservation mission so we can be around and vibrant for the next 50 years," she said.

Local participating restaurants include Barcelona, Bakery Gingham, Lindey's, G. Michael's Bistro, Kroger Brewer's Yard, Juergens Bakery, Katzinger's Delicatessen, Hey Hey Bar and Grill, Pistacia Vera, Schmidt's Sausage Haus and Max & Erma's.

"We wouldn't be doing this fantastic event without their help," Clark said. "We've got everything from lamb lollipops to sashimi to sauerkraut balls. It's something for everyone, that's for sure."

Other features include a video of interviews with village residents and The Real Thing, a live band that will perform throughout the evening.

Ryan Scarlata, lead singer of the group, said the band celebrates a wide range of music, from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. At the gala, the band will center on American songbook numbers -- the jazzy, crooner style of music.

And they're open to suggestions, Scarlata said. "We'll take requests as long as we know it," he said.

Irvin said the anniversary committee has done an exceptional job of coordinating the various programs.

"We could not have done this event without the volunteers," she said. "I can't say enough great things about them. That's the great thing about German Village. They love the village. They roll up their sleeves and make it happen."

Russ Arledge, manager of the Meeting Haus, echoed those sentiments.

"We are lucky to have such a great, fun, devoted committee working on ways of celebrating our 50th anniversary throughout the year," he said. "Everyone knows that villagers love to eat, drink and be merry."