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Aug. 4 event

Taste of New Albany will feature 30 vendors

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Thirty restaurants and businesses will serve a taste of something special Sunday, Aug. 4, at the New Albany Chamber of Commerce's Taste of New Albany.

Chamber President Eileen Leuby said the Taste of New Albany includes appetizers, soups and salads, entrees and desserts.

"You can buy one ticket for $35 or table of 10 for $300," Leuby said. "That includes all beverages except alcohol."

Three new vendors are expected to participate: the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, Rosa and Rocco's Italian Kitchen and Steakhouse and Gigi's Cupcakes.

The Courtyard by Marriott on Johnstown Road -- New Albany's first hotel -- will prepare an Asian chicken salad.

Rosa and Rocco's, which recently opened in New Albany, will bring meatballs.

Gigi's, which has shops at Easton and Polaris, will offer two types of cupcakes.

One will be its traditional wedding cupcake -- a white cupcake with butter cream frosting.

The other is the Buckeye cupcake, which is made with devil's food cake, has a buckeye candy in the center and is topped with chocolate, peanut butter frosting and another buckeye on top, said Stacy Schwarz, the Polaris Gigi's manager.

Schwarz said cupcakes are becoming more popular for weddings.

"I have at least one wedding -- if not two to three -- booked (every week) until November," she said.

Gigi's is a franchise-based company out of Nashville.

Schwarz said the Polaris site opened in December and the Easton kiosk opened a few weeks ago. She said the Polaris site bakes all the cupcakes for both locations.

The Taste of New Albany will begin with two alcohol tastings at 4 p.m.

Leuby said Camelot Cellars Winery on High Street in the Short North is bringing five wines that span a variety of styles: Chilean chardonnay, South African chenin blanc, Chilean Malbec, Australian cabernet sauvignon and wildberry shiraz.

Wine can be purchased in glasses for $5 or by the bottle for $20.

The other tasting is by New Albany's Veriano Fine Food and Spirits, which will bring the Tessora Crema al Limone or Tessora Limon Cello Classico liquors.

The liquors are $5 for one ounce and include a souvenir glass.

Food at the Taste of New Albany will be served at 5 p.m. and live musical entertainment is at 5 and 6 p.m.

"There are many ways to enjoy the event this year," Leuby said. "We're excited this year to have an opening band.

"The New Albany High School jazz band plays at 5 p.m. before guest artist Dwight Lenox and the Lenox Avenue Express, an eight-piece jazz band."

The event is held on Market Street, which will be closed to traffic, Leuby said.

Vendors set up on the street and music is on a stage near the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Market Square.

Tickets are available online at newalbanychamber.com or at the chamber office, 55 W. Main St.

Leuby said 800 tickets typically are sold. There is reserved seating under a tent for 690 people.

She said the event serves as a fundraiser for the chamber of commerce.

For information, call the chamber at 614-855-4400.

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