By Charly SHELTON
On May 4, the annual Taste of Downtown Glendale was held to much acclaim. For the 15th consecutive year, Glendale Healthy Kids organized and hosted the tasting festival, inviting 30 restaurants out onto the sidewalk to distribute sample size portions in an all-you-can-eat night. The event raised funds for Glendale Healthy Kids, a nonprofit focusing on healthcare for children under 18 who otherwise don’t have access to it.
“This event brings the community together in support of Glendale Healthy Kids and the services they provide for the children,” said Sharon Townsend, CEO of Glendale Healthy Kids.
For the first time this year, Glendale Healthy Kids has partnered with Glendale Arts in sponsoring the event. They worked together, Townsend said, to curate specific musical groups along the route as entertainment while diners walked from restaurant to restaurant.
Participating restaurants included, among many others, the Original Tommy’s Hamburger Food Truck serving Tommy’s hamburgers, Sushi on Brand serving an assortment of sushi rolls, Tender Greens serving pearl couscous with shaved spring vegetables and wild mushroom salad or cream of asparagus soup with almond foam, The Olive Garden serving Mezza Luna and shrimp raviolis, Porto’s Bakery serving pastries and potato balls and Bourbon Steak serving Brandt Farms Teres Major, a particularly hard to acquire cut of beef, with chimichurri potato and bravas sauce.
Damon’s Steakhouse has taken part in Taste of Glendale every year since it started, and this year was no exception. It debuted its Get Whipped drink, featuring Dole whip, alongside its famous pulled pork sandwiches.
“[It is important to take part in Taste of Glendale] to show support, to open up new items we’re offering to the community,” said Kevin Berresford, general manager of Damon’s Steakhouse.
Townsend was pleased with the way the event went and was happy to bring the message of Glendale Healthy Kids to the community, intersected with the message of Glendale Arts.
“If you have a healthy child,” Townsend said, “they can be a participant in society. But if you have an unhealthy child, they’ll never play an instrument, they’ll never appreciate a great work of art, they’ll never attend a concert or the theater, so it’s important for us to put smiles on our children through dental education and dental services. It’s also important to bring the community together to realize there are still children in poverty who don’t have access to services.”