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Taste of Henry to be held April 19


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

  What better way to support a local children’s charity than by having the opportunity to taste a variety of inspired dishes from area restaurants and eateries, prepared in perfect snack-size portions? The 12th annual Taste of Henry offers all that and more and preparations are in full swing with local restaurants and caterers putting the finishing touches on the their best dishes to make this year’s fundraiser an epicurean experience like no other.

Crowds came out to support the 2012 Taste of Henry. Organizers expect to see record numbers this year on Friday, April 19.                                                Photo by Nick Vassy

  This year’s Taste of Henry will feature over 34 restaurants, caterers and eateries including longtime favorites and a few newcomers.

  For the price of a $20 ticket ($15 for seniors, $5 for children 3 to 12), guests can enjoy the best culinary delights that Henry County has to offer. Slow-cooked, southern barbecue, exotic Indian cuisine, authentic New Orleans and Tex-Mex fare and decadent, made-from-scratch desserts are just a sampling of the choices patrons will find.

  There will also be various vendors and non-profits and diners will be entertained by the song stylings of David Ellis and Melissa Calendar and guests will have an opportunity to win Atlanta Motor Speedway tickets and check out the A.M.S. pace car. There will also be a Kid Zone complete with a clown who does face painting and makes balloon animals, as well as a bounce house. The Tumblebus will also be on site. Entrance to the Kid Zone is included with the price of a child’s admission.

  The annual food-tasting event has grown in popularity throughout its twelve-year history, with new restaurants and food providers joining in on the fun. TOH is also one of two major fundraisers for Henry County’s A Friend’s House, which is a local home for children in crisis, that provides abused, neglected and abandoned children a safe haven as well as food, clothing, recreation, medical and dental care and counseling.

  Nan Jenkins, Development Director for A Friend’s House, said that the Taste of Henry Event is the organization’s signature fundraising event and each year gets better and better. Last year’s event saw approximatley1,400 people come through the gate and raised $30,000 for Henry County’s children.

  “We’re excited about all of the choices this year, and our goal, as it is every year, is to become more and more successful,” said Jenkins. “Unfortunately our needs at A Friend’s House haven’t lessened, and in fact we see an even greater need. During the months of November and December, we saw the highest occupancy numbers since we opened our doors.”

  According to Jenkins, one hundred percent of the ticket sales for TOH go directly to support A Friend’s House and area restaurants are not compensated for participating and sponsors help underwrite the event. A Friend’s House provides around-the-clock care for up to 24 newborn to 18-year-old residents daily who are referred by the Department of Family and Children's Services or the Department of Juvenile Justice, and since 1998, when the doors opened, A Friend’s House has served over 1,775 children.

  “It’s like our slogan says, ‘Come hungry for great food, but leave satisfied knowing you helped children in need’ and for the price of a ticket, it’s a great and inexpensive way to make a huge difference in the lives of our children,” said Jenkins.

  The 12th Annual Taste of Henry will be held on Friday, April 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jason T. Harper Event Center at Heritage Park in McDonough. The first 500 guests will receive a VIT (Very Important Taster) bags filled with goodies from the various participating restaurants and sponsors. Tickets may be purchased at the gate on the day off the event or in advance at Moye’s Pharmacies in Stockbridge and McDonough, or at A Friend’s House, located at 111 Henry Parkway in McDonough.

  For more information, contact Jenkins at 678-432-1630 or visit



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