At A Taste of Worthington, organizers are hoping to show those in attendance that Worthington's taste might be a bit different than they thought.
The event, organized by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, will bring 17 local eateries together in what chamber president and CEO Kathryn Paugh called a showcase of "the wonderful diversity of cuisines we have in the area."
A Taste of Worthington will be 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 27, in the parking lots of the OfficeScape Corporate Center at 400 and 450 W. Wilson Bridge Road.
The 17 dining choices will include such traditional restaurants as Eddie Merlot's and Jet's Pizza and such businesses as Star Lanes Polaris and Willow Brook Christian Home.
"Our event was created specifically to allow area restaurants, caterers and food service industries an opportunity to showcase their wares," Paugh said.
But the nontraditional vendors won't be the only ones trying to make an impression.
For restaurant owners like Sandeep Singh, the event provides a chance for newer establishments to introduce themselves to the community.
Singh owns Everest Cuisine, a Nepali, Indian and Tibetan restaurant that opened at 652 High St. in December 2017.
He said he would bring his best-selling items to A Taste of Worthington to make a good impression on those who haven't been to his restaurant.
"We're a new taste in Worthington," he said. "Our food is good, so we're trying to be involved in A Taste of Worthington because we want to expose more (people) to our restaurant and give a newer taste to people."
Tickets to the event are $3, and each vendor has smaller versions of appetizers, entrees and desserts priced from $1 to $8, allowing guests to try several options.
Paugh said that strategy is a different approach from "taste of" events in other cities. She said Worthington's option is the better route.
"That's the reason we've been doing it for nearly 30 years," she said. "I believe our taste event is unlike many others that are run by chambers where you pay a large amount."
The event has drawn up to 5,000 people at a time, Paugh said, and the chamber is aiming for that number this year.
She said one of the event's best attributes is that it attracts "everybody from infants to senior citizens."
"It's always nice to see a brigade of strollers and wheelchairs," she said.
Participating vendors include: Cameron's American Bistro, Costco, Dairy Queen, Eddie Merlot's, Everest Cuisine, Graeter's Ice Cream, J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood, J. Liu Restaurant & Bar, Jet's Pizza, Kona Ice Little Buckeye, Star Lanes Polaris, the Whitney House, Tomatillos Authentic Mexican, Willow Brook Christian Home, Woodys Wing House and Yappy Greek.
For more information, go to worthingtonchamber.org.