CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The one-day return of a prominent Charleston culinary event will be marked from noon to 6 p.m. June 27 at the Charleston Civic Center.
The original Taste of Charleston has been revitalized as the Taste-of-ALL Charleston, presented by Verizon, which is providing major funding, and co-producer Generation Charleston. For the first time, the Taste has become a segment of the summer extravaganza FestivALL.
This couldn't have been accomplished without the stellar support of many players encompassing numerous individual volunteers, group committees and corporations, led by Mayor Danny Jones, FestivALL director Larry Groce, Generation Charleston, Verizon, Taste consultant Craig Casto and Michael Henshall, chairman of Taste-of-ALL Charleston.
The highest accolades and appreciation belong to the chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and other food and beverage vendors who are participating in the Taste. Without them sharing their talents, we would all be standing around the Civic Center watching each other put together peanut butter sandwiches.
As a bonus attraction this year, Taste-of-ALL Charleston has organized cooking demonstrations with a particular focus on wholesome, often organic, "farm to fork" and "buy fresh/eat local" ingredients.
Many of the Taste chefs, especially the host presenters, have adopted that approach in their kitchens, showing great respect for their environment. The results are flavorfully transferred to our plates.
Illustrating the "fresh is always best" preparation concept, the Taste-of-ALL Charleston demonstration dishes will reflect healthier cooking and eating.
The top-flight chefs who will be in the Civic Center lobby at the North Hall entrance (near the fire engine display) and the dishes they are preparing each hour from 12:30 through 4:30 p.m. are: