Flavors fill the night at Taste of North Texas


Vicki Baker

Once a year in Denton, many local restaurants and bars get together for a good cause, Taste of North Texas, and make their food and drinks available for roughly the price of a single restaurant meal. This amazingly gluttonous fundraiser sponsored by the 92-year-old Denton Kiwanis Club supports the ongoing efforts of their Children’s Medical Clinic, a network of dedicated local health care providers providing low-cost or no-cost medical, dental, and prescription assistance to disadvantaged children in the Denton area. And members of the Kiwanis Club Robson Ranch volunteered on March 29 to lend its sister club a hand with the event’s alcohol service.

Now in its 29th year, Taste of North Texas is not your typical food tasting expo. Event planners find some of the best tasting and most unique samplings from around Denton in the categories of appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages. For one price, attendees sample a wide range of foods and beverages from 35 different Denton area restaurants, caterers and food service providers. With the admission, food and non-alcoholic beverages are “all you can eat” or until supplies run out, plus two alcoholic drinks for the adults.

You can eat your way through the event sampling a bit of this and a taste of that. Beth Marie’s Ice Cream, Denton’s sweetheart of ice cream shops, serves as many scoops of flavors as desired in your choice of a cone or cup. Candy Haven tempts with delicious sweet delicacies. The Candy Store offers a variety of chocolates and candies. Fire in the Hole Pizza serves pizza slices from their portable wood-oven truck. Freebirds Burrito has a great salad bowl and delicious made-to-order toppings. Rudy’s BBQ serves sausages, ribs and brisket with your choice of sauce. Mom’s on Main (Aubrey) provides fresh chocolate chip cookies and macaroni and cheese. McAlisters Deli pours its sweet tea, unsweet tea, and half and half. Local breweries serve beer…lots of beers. And that’s just a few of the many participating vendors.

So, if you missed it this year which raised over $15,000, mark your calendar for The Taste of North Texas in the spring 2019. You’ll be surprised by what you discover in new foods and beverages. There’s something for everyone and you’ll definitely taste something incredible from some place you never knew about located right here in the city of Denton.

Interested in sampling what else Kiwanis Club has to offer? Join us on the first and third Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse. For more information, contact Art Masciere at amasc@grandecom.net.