Saturday fundraiser is 'Taste'y
By Stephanie Salmons Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 12:00 am
Take your appetite for soul food and more to the Owensboro Black Expo's "Taste" Saturday.
It will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the H.L. Neblett Community Center, 801 W. Fifth St.
Now in it's fifth year, "Taste" serves as a prelude to the organization's "Expo Week" in July.
The Black Expo's mission is to "educate others on the culture, the talent and the gifts of African-Americans," co-chair Linda Board said.
As a scholarship fundraiser, the event also serves as a way to educate youth.
Board said the Black Expo awards $1,500 in scholarships each year and has given more than $40,000 throughout the years.
"We do all we can to assist with the education of our youth and ensure the gift and the talents are shared throughout the community," Board said.
Black Expo president Deborah Hampton said there will be 25 to 30 stations where different community members will serve their dishes.
Visitors will get a plate at each station and can go around to sample the foods "until you get enough."
"It's a way for everybody to show off their dishes," she said.
This year's featured chefs are the Eyewitness News Daybreak team, Tabnie Dozier, Kara Kirtley Greg Parker and Ron Rhodes.
"We just have good cooking that's done from cooks and chefs around the city," Board said. They're not necessarily affiliated with restaurants.
Tom "Texas Tom" Merriweather has cooked for the "Taste" for several years.
Merriweather has been making rib tips and ribs since he's been doing the event, though this year he said he may also do pulled pork.
"I do it every year because I just like doing something to be a part of the community," he said. "And I feel like I'm being a part of community because they seem to like my barbecue. ... It gives me a thrill to make people happy (and it's for a) worthy event."
The Kentucky Wesleyan College Black Student Union has recently reorganized on campus and will participate in the "Taste" for the first time.
Rising junior Dominique Caminos said the event will be a good way for the student group to network.
"(We) kind of want to get our community involved," she said. "(We) want people to be aware of what Kentucky Wesleyan is doing."
While the majority of the food is soul food, Board said "we have every type of individual dish, not just soul food. (It's a) cross-spectrum of dishes."
The "Taste," she said, is about "sharing good food, good entertainment, friends, family and community."
In addition to food, there will be door prizes and entertainment by Kentucky Wesleyan College group "Da Acapella Boys," T.J. Turner, and the Rev. Rhondalyn Randolph and her daughter London Randolph.
Board said she promises fantastic food and great entertainment.
"And coming together as a community is wonderful, and (visitors) will have a great time," she said.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by contacting any member of the Owensboro Black Expo.
Stephanie Salmons, 691-7302, firstname.lastname@example.org