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Restaurants at Taste of the Town deliver impressive samples

On Thursday, Oct. 15, the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce hosted its 12th annual Taste of the Town.

This year, the event was held at Douron interiors in Owings Mills.

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It is a physical impossibility for any one person to taste all of the dishes presented; I enlisted the help of my boss and my boyfriend, and between the three of us we could not taste everything.

The Taste of the Town is open to any restaurant in the area; this year 17 different area restaurants participated. Each restaurant is encouraged to bring two or three of its signature dishes and provide small tasting portions to the attendees.

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Stone's Cove Kitbar, in Owings Mills, presented its prime beef chili and homemade cornbread. This was one of my boyfriend's top three favorites. The chili had large chunks of beef in it and was, he said, "just the right amount of heat." The cornbread was sweet and buttery.

Santoni's Marketplace & Catering, in Glyndon, served sliced herb roasted pork loin with apple cornbread stuffing and Jewish apple cake bits. I really liked the Jewish apple cake bits — they were moist and tasty.

Ristorante Firenze, in Reisterstown, served spaghetti and meatball cupcakes. These looked as adorable as they sound. The base was a "cupcake" of spaghetti formed into a small muffin-sized design with a meatball on top. They were yummy. Ristorante Firenze was one of me and my boyfriend's top three picks of the evening.

Olive Garden, in Owings Mills, served a tri-colored penne in marinara sauce, cheese tortellini in your choice of meat sauce or marinara sauce, and its famous breadsticks. The tortellini was very good; the meat sauce had a wonderful taste to it.

Ledo Pizza, in Owings Mills, served its signature pizzas. They always have a great taste to them.

Java Mammas Cafe, in Reisterstown, served several of its house blend coffees, chicken salad sliders, butternut squash soup and its version of pigs in a blanket — sausage wrapped in a pancake. I really liked those. They were one of my top three favorite foods. Of course, after a long day and late evening, a cup of Java Mammas coffee was just the pick-me-up I craved.

Illiano's J&P Pizza, in Reisterstown, served chicken margarita and gluten-free cheese ravioli. The gluten-free ravioli was one of my boss's favorites. He said it tasted just like the usual pasta.

Icedgems Baking, in Reisterstown, served a variety of small cupcakes and truffles. My favorite was the chocolate coffee truffle and the pina colada truffle. They were one of my top three favorites of the evening.

The Grill at Harryman House, in Reisterstown, served fresh raw oysters and oysters on the half shell.

The Greene Turtle, in Owings Mills, served Hog Hammers — barbecue pork shank — which were full of flavor and very tender.

The Gourmet Girls, in Owings Mills, served a crab corn soup and homemade toasted flat bread. The soup was very rich and creamy.

Genova's To-Go, in Reisterstown, served pasta in a marinara sauce and a chicken broccoli alfredo that was delicious, as well as bread knots.

FutureCare Cherrywood, in Reisterstown, served New Orleans-style tilapia, which was one of my boss's favorite dishes and apparently many others, as it was winner of Best Food. They also had a chocolate bread pudding that I thought was amazing.

Famous Dave's, in Owings Mills, served pulled pork barbecue sliders and coleslaw. The pulled pork barbecue had a sweet, smokey taste and the coleslaw was creamy with course-cut vegetables in it.

Bob Evans, in Westminster, served pot roast sliders — which reminded me of my grandmother's Sunday dinners — and coleslaw.

Bedazzled Treats, in Reisterstown, served pumpkin cheesecake, pecan praline, and sparkling glittery mini cupcakes. It was the winner of Best Dessert. I really liked the pecan praline and could have eaten a whole plate.

All in all it was an enjoyable evening of good fun, and a chance to meet old friends and make new ones.

Terry Chaney is a Reisterstown resident and can be reached via email at

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