Park Central Square will be cooking Saturday when the annual Taste of SoMo event brings some of the best restaurants and chefs together to celebrate the best of the area in culinary arts.
Taste of SoMo is a fundraising event to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest and their mission of ending hunger in Southwest Missouri. The organization, headquartered in north Springfield, will get a portion of the proceeds from every $10 tasting ticket sold for the event.
The tasting tickets consist of 10 individual tickets that allow you to try the food being prepared by the participants. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m..
The list of participants reads like a “who’s who” of the top restaurants in the area:
Bawi Korean BBQ, Best of Luck Beer Hall, Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar, Black Market Smokehouse, Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes, Branson City Diner, Chinese Chef, Civil Kitchen, Crave Cookie Dough, Druff’s, Dublin’s Pass, El Charro Mexican Restaurant, Finnegan’s Wake, Frank ‘n’ Steins, Greek Belly, Hinode Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi, Iguana Roja, Jamaican Patty Co., Kona Ice, Lost Signal Brewing Company, Mexican Villa, NoBaked Cookie Dough, OMO Japanese Soul Food, Orange Leaf, The Order, Queen City Wine Dive, Springfield Brewing Company, Tinga Tacos, Travellers House Coffee & Tea and Yoselin’s Mexican Cuisine and More.
Music will be provided throughout the event from Dallas Jones & the Henderson Kids at 1 p.m., The Brant Jester Combo featuring members of the Missouri Jazz Orchestra at 2:45 p.m. and the Good Shadows will play at 3:30 p.m. to wrap up the event.
The event also has an “afterparty” when the official tasting ends at 5 p.m. with music from the Flood Brothers until 7 p.m. along with a beer garden and food trucks.
The event also had an educational component, with a panel on Women in Food at 1:45 p.m. and a panel on healthy eating at 3 p.m..
The funds raised by the event will help thousands because Ozarks Food Harvest is able to turn every dollar donated into four meals. The food bank serves 30,000 individuals weekly and 17 million meals annually with their 270 partner organizations.