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Taste of Downtown Manchester. Courtesy photo.




Taste of Downtown Manchester

When: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Various downtown locations
Cost: Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 the day of the event
Visit: mhttaste2016.eventbrite.com




Downtown flavors
Sample dozens of restaurants at Taste of Downtown

09/08/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Discover new restaurants, rediscover established ones and see what’s trending in the food scene of downtown Manchester when Intown Manchester presents its annual Taste of Downtown event the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 14. Restaurants will be serving samples in the Brady Sullivan Plaza (1000 Elm St.), in their own locations and in partnership with other downtown businesses at those businesses’ locations.

There will be a number of ethnic cuisines represented, including Brazilian, Mexican, Greek, Italian and Japanese, as well as American fusion, diner favorites, cupcakes and gourmet chocolates and candies. Most restaurants serve samples of one or more of their most popular or trademark menu items. 
“It’s a huge variety of food to choose from. There’s pretty much something for every palate,” Intown Executive Director Sara Beaudry said. “It’s a fun evening to stroll and check out different spots and really experience everything about downtown.”
There will be about 50 restaurants and businesses participating. They will have balloons and event posters outside their storefronts so that tasters can identify them easily. The plaza will feature up to 15 restaurants including Red Arrow Diner, Thousand Crane and more, plus live music and local artists with their work on display.
The restaurant and business pairings are assembled based on their requests if they have them, or by matching fledgling restaurants with longstanding businesses, or vice versa.
“It’s nice to have some of the newer ones paired with established ones, to give them an opportunity to get out there and meet the businesses’ patrons,” Beaudry said.
New participants this year will include B&B Cafe & Grill (25 Stark St.) and Gale Motor Co. Eatery (36 Lowell St.), which opened in April. Queen City Cupcakes will be serving at its new sister shop Pop of Color (816 Elm St.), which just opened last month and features locally made home decor and gifts.
Returning restaurants will include Firefly American Bistro & Bar serving at E-Vision Eyecare (1093 Elm St.), Dancing Lion Chocolate serving at Studio 550 (550 Elm St.), Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse serving at its restaurant location (62 Lowell St.), and others.
“Gauchos is one of the best spots along the route,” Beaudry said. “They have a chocolate fondue station, wine samples, appetizers. They put out one heck of a spread. It’s like you go in there and it’s a party.”
There’s a lot of ground to cover, so Beaudry encourages people to walk the route in an organized fashion so they don’t get overwhelmed or miss anything. She suggests starting at the north end by E-Vision Eyecare and progressing down Elm Street on the eastern side, turning down Lowell Street to check out the stops along there, returning to complete that side of Elm, then walking back to the north end on the other side of the street.
“I always like to tell people that it’s not a race. They don’t need to rush,” she said. “People think if they only get a taste at each place, they aren’t going to get their money’s worth, but it’s actually a lot of food. The point is to stop and chat with the people and really take it all in and enjoy it.”





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