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Ligonier Valley Historical Society's 22nd 'Tastes of the Town' showcases local eateries

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

The Ligonier Valley Historical Society's 22nd Tastes of the Town is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 11 at the Ligonier Country Inn in Laughlintown.

The event features the best of 14 area restaurants and caterers and two wineries.

“Why go to one restaurant when you can come sample the fine cuisine from 16 different places all in the same venue,” said Tina Yandrick the historical society's executive director. “It is an opportunity to sample something from a restaurant's offering that you may not have ever tried before.”

Yandrick said nearly half of the 200 tickets have been sold for the event. Proceeds support many of the historical society's projects, and especially the operating expenses of the Compas Inn Museum.

Karen O'Connor of Ligonier has chaired the event for past five years.

“It is a good opportunity for restaurants and caterers to showcase their specialties,” said O'Connor. “Every year I try to include the new restaurants in town. It is a good way for them to introduce themselves to our community.”

Market Street Pastries of Blairsville is one of the new participants this year.

“They offer high-end baked goods and a lot of things you don't find at other places,” she said. “It reminds you of a bakery in a big city.”

The DuSoleil Brasserie French restaurant is also participating for the first time at the event.

“I have friends in Johnstown who tell me how good the food is at the French restaurant in Ligonier,” she said. “I think this is good opportunity for people in Ligonier to try something from their menu.”

The recently opened Royal Welsh Winery will be offering wine tasting.

“They just opened up and this is a great way to showcase their wines,” said O'Connor.

Other restaurants and caterers include: Abigail's Coffeehouse, Bethlen Communities, Carson's Catering, Darlington Inn, DiSalvo's Restaurant, Flavors Cafe, Green Gables Restaurant, Ligonier Country Inn, Ligonier Giant Eagle, Ligonier Tavern, The Road Toad and Rosalie's Jioio's Little Italy. The Walnut Hill Winery will also be participating in the event.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $30 each for society members and $35 for non-members. Purchase tickets at Betsy's of Ligonier, the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Paper House or send check or money order to L.V. Historical Society, P.O. Box 167, Laughlintown, PA 15655.

Tables for 10 may be reserved by calling the society's office at 724-238-6818.

“People just like to sample different kinds of food,” said O'Connor about the success of the annual event. “It has always been one of our most successful fundraisers.”

O'Connor said people ask her throughout the year about the next tasting event.

“They say they really enjoyed the event and are looking forward to the next event because they get to sample the best of all these local restaurants at one place.”

Deborah A. Brehun is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-238-2111 or dbrehun@tribweb.com.

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