J.R. Tolkien

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Taste of Innovation Recap


The Taste of Innovation event last night was definitely worth the big bucks.  The event took place in Millionaire’s Row, where the rich (or just big spenders) and famous view the races in comfort.  The atmosphere was lively with a great mix of young and old, many friendly smiling faces and interesting IdealFestival attendees. Over 30 booths set up around the room to offer small samples of food, alcoholic drinks (whiskey, wine and bourbon), desserts, free giveaways and coffee.

Hungry and eager, I was originally disappointed at the small sample sizes offered by the first few booths.  Half way through the night, I was glad the samples were small and actually skipped or split those that were too big.  There were too many items to try and it was easy to get full quick.  I could barely breathe by the end of the night and only went back for seconds at two booths.

The samples offered were beautifully decorated and especially made for the event. Many were delicious, others more interesting than tasty.

Overall, a beautiful event that’s great for date night or a girls’ night out.  You can dress up (or go casual), sample delicious foods, hang out on the comfy couches and take in all the creativity flowing throughout the night.

We had to strategize for last night :).  Here are some tips for next year’s event:
  • Come on time, many booths clean up or run out by 7:40 p.m.
  • Start at one booth and make your way around, so you don’t miss out any
  • Skip the big items and come back later, you don’t want to get full too early
  • Water and non-alcoholic drinks  are in the desert room
  • Grab a gift bag in the desert room to keep the free giveaways
  • Several restaurants offer great coupons, so don’t forget to check their tables
  • Talk to the chefs and learn about your food, it makes for a more enjoyable experience