It will be a foodie's delight when the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce presents the ninth annual Taste of Grove City and Business Expo from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the South-Western Career Academy, 4750 Big Run South Road.

Admission is $8 and the event is open to the public.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Grove City Food Pantry, said Marilyn Reiner, the chamber's events manager.

Visitors will be able to sample dishes from 15 Grove City restaurants.

"Make sure you don't eat dinner beforehand," said Justine Buzalka, the chamber's marketing and communications director.

"We'll have all types of cuisine available, and Capital City Cakes will even be providing cake for dessert," she said.

Other participating eateries include: Ballroom at Oakhurst, Brew Brothers, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cimi's Bistro, Flyers Pizza & Subs, Fusion Japanese Steakhouse, IHOP, the career academy's Jazz Street Cafe, Marco's Pizza, Monterey Rehabilitation Center, O'Charley's, Raising Cane's, Texas Roadhouse and Tropical Nut & Fruit.

Guests will be able to vote for best restaurant and best new pizza (Marco's or Flyers).

The admission price will allow visitors to sample food from all of the vendors, Reiner said.

The business expo will feature about 75 local companies, each providing samples of their products, promotional materials and information about their services, she said.

"There will be insurance companies, bankers, financial services, storage businesses, Realtors, auto service and medical offices, from chiropractors to dentists," Reiner said.

"This is a chance for 'one-stop shopping,' " she said. "You can bring a list of the services you need and find a local business that can help you."

One vendor will be located outside the building, Reiner said.

"The Mobile World of Games will have their video-game truck at the expo," she said. "You can climb aboard and try out some of their games."

The expo provides an opportunity for participating businesses to introduce themselves, Buzalka said.

"It's good, one-on-one face time between customers and businesses," she said.

Visitors will be able to enter drawings for gift cards and other giveaways, Reiner said.

About 600 people attended last year's event, Buzalka said.

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