The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce will pit local restaurants against each other at its Sensational Spring Social.

The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce will pit local restaurants against each other at its Sensational Spring Social.

Twelve chamber members whose businesses focus on food are scheduled to be part of the "Taste of Westerville" that serves as the social's signature event. The Sensational Spring Social will start at 7 p.m. May 13 at Little Bear Golf Club, located at 1940 Little Bear Loop in Lewis Center.

In its eighth year, Taste of Westerville is being taken to a new level, according to the chamber. The restaurants participating, which include Cluckers, Skyline, the Old Bag of Nails and Cantina Laredo, among others, will enter into friendly competition.

The chamber has arranged for a panel of local media judges to select winners for three awards: Best Appetizers, Best Presentation and Best Overall.

The event's attendees also will participate in the competition by casting votes for the People's Choice Award.

"We're just looking for some fun competition and a small addition to the entertainment of the event," chamber events coordinator Lindsay Brown said. "We're just looking for another way to spice up the evening."

The competition should be made more interesting by the fact that so many different types of restaurants - with different specialties - will be participating.

"Everybody brings a different kind of food," Brown said. "They like to bring what they think is their signature dish. They like to bring what they're known for."

As always, the event will include a beer- and wine-tasting. The chamber focuses on getting a variety of beer and wine for people to sample, Brown said.

"We try to bring in wines and beers that aren't just your average grocery store wines, maybe something they haven't seen on a shelf in a while," she said.

Tickets to the event cost $40 per person, with proceeds helping to support the chamber's operating expenses.

"The focus of the event is to raise operating funds to encourage networking and showcase culinary member's offerings," Brown said.

It also will feature a raffle and a small silent auction.

Those interesting in attending the Sensational Spring Social must register before May 11 by calling the chamber office at (614) 882-8917 or by visiting the chamber's website at www.westervillechamber.com.

The event is open only to those who are age 21 or older.