The Guild at Wesley Ridge has a smorgasbord planned as part of the second A Taste at Ridge event on Monday, Sept. 14.

The Guild at Wesley Ridge has a smorgasbord planned as part of the second A Taste at Ridge event on Monday, Sept. 14.

The event will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community, 2225 Taylor Park Drive.

Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 10 and younger.

"We had nearly 100 enthusiastic attendees last year and we're planning for as many or more this year," said Trish Mayhorn, development office coordinator for Methodist ElderCare Services, which operates Wesley Ridge.

"Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community," Mayhorn said. "The Guild supports programs like iPods and music for our dementia-care unit."

The Guild used $600 of the proceeds from last year's inaugural event to provide volunteer T-shirts for the Wesley Glen/Wesley Ridge Charity Golf Classic and donated $2,000 toward the dementia-care program at the retirement community.

Visitors to Wesley Ridge will be able to taste some of the unique foods available in Reynoldsburg, including fancy popcorn and nuts, custard, breads, chicken sandwich sliders, grilled cheese sliders and more, Mayhorn said.

She said live music will be provided by local singer/keyboardist Tracy Carter, who is scheduled to perform starting at 4:30 p.m. and play throughout the evening.

The event has a strong focus on local vendors, Mayhorn said. Fifteen area businesses are expected to participate this year, including most of last year's businesses that will be returning for a second time. The list includes Creno's Pizza, Culver's, Gigi's Cupcakes, Salt & Pepper BBQ, Sharon's Delicious Breads, Tasha's Caramel Corn, Tropical Fruit & Nut Co., Uno Pizzeria and White Castle.

"We're excited to have Chick-fil-A on board this year, and they're bringing their cow mascot," Mayhorn said.

Food also will be prepared by the Wesley Ridge Dining Services Department, spearheaded by new executive chef, Tim Rodgers.

Mayhorn said there will be no alcohol served during A Taste at Ridge.

"The purpose is to provide a fun night with a variety of restaurant fare, music and fellowship for our residents who might not be able to get out as much as they'd like," she said. "Attendees also include employees and residents' and employees' families."

Mayhorn said some vendor spots remain open. For information, contact her at 614-501-1452 or email tmayhorn@mecsrc.com.