Taste of Huntsville 2012

Each year, the Huntsville-Madison County Hospitality Association puts on The Taste of Huntsville. A charity benefit, the event brings together restaurants from throughout to area to compete in mulitple categories. This year, in return for my post about the event, the hubby and I were graciously given tickets by Our Valley Events.

We had an amazing time, one made even better by meeting up with a Dining Dragon reader!

The event was movie themed and many of the vendors had gotten into the spirit by dressing up as various characters. Connors had done the Wizard of Oz and featured a friendly line greeting people and the good witch serving food (along with other characters). Another booth opted for Alice in Wonderland and we saw the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit checking out the other booths.

Taste of Huntsville 2012

The event is done buffet style and includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, dessert, beer, wine, and soda. I never have a big enough appetite to try them all, but I make an effort!

Taste of Huntsville 2012

My favorites this year were from:

  • Telinis–Not usually a favorite spot of mine, their coarsely chopped tomoato salad was crunchy, mild, and fresh.
  • Gigi’s Cupcakes–The adorable minature cupcakes they featured should be available year round. What really caught my attention though was the light, moist pumpkin cupcake. Topped with dreamy cream cheese icing, it captured the fall pumpkin craze perfectly without being overly sweet.
  • Ruth’s Chris–Their sweet potato casserole was creamy, sweet and topped with candied pecans.
  • Grill 29–An excellent gazpacho, lightly spicy, showcasing the flavors of the tomato and cucumber and with a slightly granular texture
  • Connors–Their chicken poblano soup was both creamy and zippy, an excellent way to warm up on a cool day.
  • What’s Poppin’–Their chocolate drizzled bacon and caramel popcorn was well balanced and delicious.

Did you go this year? If so, what were your favorite dishes?