CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This year's Taste-of-ALL includes a smorgasbord of luscious offerings with more than 20 top restaurants participating.
The event offers a chance to taste a little of this and a little of that in just one stop at the Charleston Civic Center.
The event is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Tickets are purchased and used to obtain portions of food. Tickets are 50 cents each, and the cost of food items ranges from one to eight tickets.
Two local chefs are combining their expertise for the first time this year to make fried green tomato BLT sliders, homemade cinnamon maple ice cream with brittle chip sundae, and hazelnut creme brule.
They are Andrew Quesenberry, food service director at Quarry Manor Senior Living, and Ryan Webster, food service director at Regency Place in Scott Depot. On hand to assist for the day will be Jon Shaver, a regional chef who is based in Lewisburg. The chefs are affiliated with Genesis HealthCare.
Samples of their offerings prove it's worth stopping to see them at Taste-of-All.
"These dishes are not far from what we serve our guests" at the senior living communities, Webster said. "Ninety percent of what we make is from scratch."
Quesenberry added, "I love my job. At the end of the day when I go home to my family, I know I have helped the residents by making their food better."
Quesenberry, who has taken courses and developed culinary skills on his own, has worked in corporate restaurant management for more than two decades. Webster began cooking to put himself through college and furthered his culinary training at The Greenbrier.
Cooking at the senior living facilities is rewarding and challenging. The chefs try to please a variety of tastes and offer plenty of choices.