Taste of Williamson sets records with attendance, money raised

Taste of Williamson sets records with attendance, money raised


Taste of Williamson 2018, presented by Nissan and hosted by CoolSprings Galleria, drew its largest crowd yet, estimated at nearly 2,000, and raised $64,797, an increase of more than 14 percent over last year’s proceeds.

Thanks to generous sponsors, participating restaurants, volunteers and those who sold and bought tickets, all that money will go to United Way of Williamson County and its partner agencies.

United Way works to advance the common good by identifying and supporting solutions that help children succeed in school, move families toward financial stability, improve access to health care and provide support when people are in

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Food from restaurants and caterers is arrayed along the mall. // BROOKE WANSER

Guests enjoyed everything from appetizers and entrees to unique beverages and delicious desserts from both returning restaurants and new ones. At the event, the room was abuzz with talk about favorite new flavors or restaurants not previously visited. Live music provided by local favorite Ron Shuff sweetened
the deal.

Judges and guests chose superlatives for the event:

Judges’ Choice Award: Sopapilla’s, Tito’s & Pueblo Real Mexican Restaurants and Bishop’s Meat & 3

People’s Choice Awards
Favorite Savory: Tito’s & Pueblo Real Mexican Restaurants
Favorite Sweet: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Best New Discovery: The Butcher Block
Most Likely to Visit Again: Tito’s & Pueblo Real Mexican Restaurants
Most Festive Booth: Gigi’s Cupcakes

Participating in the 16th Annual Taste of Williamson, presented by Nissan and hosted by CoolSprings Galleria, included the following: Bishop’s Meat & 3, Blue Coast Burrito, Buca di Beppo, The Butcher Block, Catering & Events by Suzette, The Cheesecake Factory, Chuy’s, Corky’s Ribs & BBQ, Daily Dish Events & Catering, Drake’s – Cool Springs, Giardino Gourmet Salads, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Granite City Food and Brewery, Hattie Jane’s Creamery, The Honeysuckle, Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B- Q, Juice Bar Franklin, Kings Dining & Entertainment – Cool Springs Franklin, Mafiaoza’s, Marco’s Pizza, Merridee’s
Breadbasket, Newk’s Eatery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom, Padrinos Pops, Popcorn Village, Pueblo Real/Tito’s Mexican Restaurant, Sopapilla’s, Sportsman’s Grille, Taziki’s Café and Wings & Rings in Cool Springs.

Sponsors included AlphaGraphics Franklin, SVMIC, 96.3 Jack FM, Mix 92.9, i106.7, Coca-Cola, Your Williamson, The Williamson Source, The Williamson Herald, Brand Imaging Group, Publix, Tractor Supply Company, WSMV Channel 4, Shuff’s Music & Piano Showroom, Fifth Third Bank and AM 950 WAKM.

To see photos from the event, visit uwwc.org/project/2018-taste-williamson/

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