American Red Cross fundraiser Taste of West Virginia set for June 14

The American Red Cross is once again helping to serve up some of the state’s best food, all under one roof, and all for a good cause.

From 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 14, the organization will host its 10th Annual Taste of West Virginia, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place Hotel.

A favorite of area foodies, the event allows participants the opportunity to sample an array of bites from the area’s top restaurants. Chefs from each of the establishments will compete for one of seven culinary awards.

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and are available online at redcross.org/tasteofwv or at the door.

Chefs will compete for the following awards: Best Savory Dish, Best Sweet Dish, Best Vegetarian Dish, Best Bite, Best Presentation, People’s Choice and Taste of West Virginia.

A panel of judges will taste each dish and vote for the winners.

Here’s a look at the discerning palates on this year’s panel:

— Mike Costello, chef and farmer, Lost Creek Farm, which was featured on “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” in May.

— Brittany Furbee, 2017 Taste of America Recipe Challenge Winner, 2017 World Food Championships (ninth place), and former participant on Food Network’s “Cooks vs. Cons” show.

— Anne Hart, owner and executive chef, Provence Market Cafe

— Candace Nelson, food blogger and author of “The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll”

— Tim Urbanic, chef and co-founder, Cafe Cimino Country Inn

Restaurants competing this year are:

— Boston Beanery

— Bourbon Prime

— Bridgeport Conference Center

— Cody’s (Bridgeport)

— Crab Shack Caribba — Suncrest Towne Center

— 1863 Grill (Elkins)

— Garcia’s Latin Market

— Hill & Hollow

— The Lakehouse

— Mia Margherita Coal Fired Pizzeria (Bridgeport)

— Morgantown Brewing Co.

— Morgantown Flour & Feed

— Mountaineer Tap House

— The Rambling Root (Fairmont)

— Sargasso

— Saute’ by Rene’ (Bruceton Mills)

— Table9

— Tailpipes

— Tin 202

— Tutto Gelato Cafe

— Vagabond Kitchen (Wheeling)

Additional restaurants are being accepted to participate in this culinary event. Space it limited. For registration details, go to redcross.org/tasteofwv.

Corporate sponsors include March-Westin Company, Inc., Alpha Associates Incorporated, FirstEnergy Foundation, Jackson Kelly PLLC and The Thrasher Group, Inc. Info: 304-598-9500 or northeastwv@redcross.org.

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