By Dylan SYLVESTER
A belly or two might still be full after Sunday when the community came together to take part in the 10th annual Taste of Montrose, hosted by Prom Plus, and some of the day of activities presented by the Montrose Shopping Park Assn.
During Taste of Montrose, supporters (most hungry) paid $20 for a ticket and made their way through the Montrose Shopping Park to sample a taste of the fare of many participating restaurants. This fundraiser helps raise money for an after-prom party that is safe as well as fun for seniors at Crescenta Valley High School.
“[Taste of Montrose] has a nice mix of established restaurants as well as new dining places,” said Prom Plus President Robin Goldsworthy. [Goldsworthy is also the publisher of the Crescenta Valley Weekly.] She added that the event was a good way for local restaurants to introduce their business to the community as well as raise money for the post-prom event that costs between $20,000 and $25,000 to host.
With some recent changes in the Montrose Shopping Park, there were also some new places that participated in this year’s Taste of Montrose. Tenmimi, the new Chinese diner that opened just a few months ago, dished out samples to satisfied ticketholders, many of whom had yet to try their food.
Rose Café, another new restaurant that opened since the 2015 Taste of Montrose, offered samples of some of its new items made in their bakery.
Pulled pork sandwiches were the fare of the day at Town: Kitchen and Grill where Head Chef David Pruitt gladly prepared sandwiches for Taste of Montrose participants.
“You have to think about food, convenience and something that’s good and memorable,” he said of preparing the food for such an event.
For those craving Italian, Giuseppe’s was ready where employee Ian Johnson served pasta in their signature Valdo sauce. He shared that the sauce was made by Valdo, the owner’s father who makes the authentic Italian marinara for his son’s restaurant. For dessert there were plenty of options including Montrose Candy, where owner Harry gave away nearly 300 samples of his new apple pie macaroons. ETC. Gourmet Kitchen, Gios and Panera also had sweets to sample.
But there was more than food to find on Honolulu Avenue. Officers from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station helped kids in and out of their patrol cars for some exciting photo ops. Nearby, a runway was set up where models of all ages showed off some of the stunning clothes available at the boutiques in the Montrose Shopping Park.
The Glendale Humane Society held its 12th annual Wags N Whiskers walk, where community members are invited to bring their dogs and parade the street to raise awareness for the organization.
Some more exotic animals were around, too, as Wild Wonders, a wildlife organization that supports hands-on education, was presenting its array of furry friends. Four brave volunteers were then called up to the stage and held out their arms as a not so furry albino boa constrictor was laid across them, accompanied by the ooohs and ahhhs of the audience.
As the afternoon events drew to a close, Togos owner Jeff Cohen offered his insight on why he participates in Taste of Montrose. Cohen has two daughters – one in middle school and one in high school – and understands the importance of trying to keep them safe.
“I do [Taste of Montrose] because I want to make sure Prom Plus is around when my daughters are going to prom,” he said.