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Residents, Business People Experience "Taste of Bellingham"

Nov 29, 2019 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Valley DJ shines the Taste logo on the entryway wall.

story & photos by Jennifer Russo, Contributing Writer

For its 12th year, the Bellingham Business Association hosted its Taste of Bellingham event, one of the town’s favorite traditions.  Visitors flowed in quickly into the Frank Webb Home showroom, eager to try samples from Bellingham’s local restaurants and businesses.  With so many delicious treats waiting, we imagine that guests had a light lunch in order to have room for absolutely everything.  They happily took their tastings back to tables which were beautifully decorated with arrangements from Brian’s Country Greenery.

Once checked in, you could purchase raffle tickets for one of many prizes, with proceeds going to one of the town’s scholarship funds.  Gateway Liquors was there greeting those who walked in with a selection of their many different wines, including a delectable sweet red bubbly.  Fields Wine & Liquors also brought some vineyard spirits, offering tastings of The Crusher brand wines.  The Petite Syrah was especially tasty.

Valley DJ, which offers services for both private and corporate events, filled the room with “something for everyone” music and later shouted out raffle numbers so lucky winners could collect restaurant gift cards, bottles of wine, and more.

Comfort foods were more than welcome on the chilly evening, with Devlin’s Tavern offering homemade chili that warmed people right up, served with chips and a smile.  The Coachman brought some creamy butternut bisque with focaccia bread and Primo brought some delicious pizzas.  Everyone’s favorite local watering hole, PJs, was there with their famous mac & cheese and some BBQ pulled pork, which tasted amazing together. 

Lowell’s brought some bourbon chicken strips with a sticky glaze that was sweet, but not too sweet and Aroma came by with some calzones, immediately inspiring a line at the table.  Grumpy’s had some cheesesteaks that put a smile on everyone’s face.

Stop and Shop showed off their catering prowess with some hummus and cheese platters.  They also offer fully catered dinners to make your holiday planning easy as pie (pun intended).

To wash that down, Bay State Beer Company was offering samplings of their craft brews, and we learned that they’ll be opening a new location in Worcester before the end of the year.

For a more Asian flair, long time town favorite Vohn’s (who moved into their new building on Pulaski Blvd this year) served up noodles, rice, rangoon and one of my absolute favorite things, Thai Iced Tea. 

“What you get at my restaurant is the same thing you would get in my home,” says owner Vohn Davong.  “Our main goal is to see you happy, enjoying the freshest food and having fun with your friends.”

Lao Thai, which opened their new restaurant 5 months ago, tantalized taste buds with several menu items, including a yellow curry which was perfect, with just the right amount of heat.

For the sweet tooth, Uno’s came bearing gifts of fried dough bites covered in caramel and chocolate.  Dairy Queen delivered some mini blizzard ice cream treats, and Outback brought slices of their chocolate tower cake, which some people ate first.  Why not?  Live a little.

The room was full of chatter from guests commenting on their favorite tastings of the evening as well as a few comments about some of the cool sink and faucet displays around the showroom.  People really enjoyed the event, both the food and the chance to catch up with friends on the latest news.  Guests left the room with big smiles and full bellies, energized and talking all the way to their cars. 

The event was an enormous success and everyone is looking forward to the next one!




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