In an effort to recruit new residents, Roland Park Place, a senior retirement community, is trying something unique.

Roland Park Place, 830, W. 4th St., in Hampden, is hosting an invitation-only "taste" event on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in which 40 prospective residents can sample menu items from several well-known local restaurants and stores.

The event is being held in partnership with the restaurants including Alchemy and Golden West Cafe, both of which are located on West 36th Street (The Avenue) in Hampden, as well as Birroteca, also in Hampden. Eddie's of Roland Park, a two-store chain of markets in Roland Park and the Woodbrook area, and The Charmery, an ice creak parlor in Hampden, are also participating.

"The event is unlike any (Roland Park Place) has ever done in the past in that it aims to give older adults interested in moving to this area a greater sense of not only the community of Roland Park Place, but the neighborhood we live in. This offers a great perspective of the 'off-campus?' resources and food available in our neighborhood," Roland Park Place spokeswoman Bridget Forney Deise said in a prwss release.

Alchemy, Golden West and Eddie's will all be setting up tables, and Birroteca and The Charmery have donated to gift bags that attendees can take home after the event, Deise said.