Top Blount County restaurants to offer samples of their fare

Chicken salad croissants, steak martinis, cookies and crème cupcakes and Zwiebelkuchen (Zwie-bel-ku-chen) are just some of the savory food favorites you’ll find at the 15th annual Taste of Blount which is set of Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Theater in the Park in Maryville (across from the Blount County Courthouse).

Twenty-one vendors will be on hand, including Apple Valley Café, Artistic Bean, Chadwick’s Churn, Dead End BBQ, Food City of Alcoa, Full Service BBQ, Hilton Knoxville Airport, Jet’s Pizza, Kroger of Alcoa, Lambert’s Southern Pies & Bake Shop, Lemon Grass of Maryville, McAlister’s Deli, Metz Catering, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Mother Earth Meats, PennyKakes, Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise, Roland’s Bistro, The Soup Kitchen, Sullivan’s Fine Food and Vienna Coffee House.

Tickets, which are $25 for Blount County Chamber members, $30 for the public and $15 for students 17 and under or those with a college or student ID, are available at the Chamber office (201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn.), by phone 865.983.2241 or online at Tickets are available at the door the night of the event on a cash-only basis.

For an additional $10, patrons 21-years or older are invited to sample locally crafted spirits and beers.

Ticket holders can vote for their favorite appetizer, beverage, sandwich, main course, dessert, presentation and overall winner.

Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise is back to defend its Best Overall title, an honor it has won the past three years, as well as Best Main Course for five consecutive years. One other returning champion is Vienna Coffee House which has won Best Beverage four of the last five years.

Other streaks include Full Service BBQ for Best Sandwich and Chadwick’s Churn for Best Dessert; each have won its respective categories for four straight years.

The event is hosted by the Blount Partnership and sponsored by MK Russell & Abbott, CBBC Bank, Asbury Place and Pellissippi State Community College. Media sponsors include The Daily Times, WATE-TV and WNOX 93.1 FM.