AND THE WINNER IS ó Rosemary Miner of Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary announced the best dishes at the Taste of the Southtowns, held March 30 at St. Aloysius Hall. Photos by Lizz Schumer.
SPRINGVILLE ó The 10th annual Taste of the Southtowns filled bellies in Springville on March 30 at the St. Aloysius Hall. The event, which featured seven restaurants offering more than 40 food items, 50 theme baskets for auction and live music, had lines out the door for parts of the day, full tables and happy tummies, all to benefit the Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary.
The restaurants put their recipes to the test to win a slate of awards from judges Chief Dan Langdon Ellicottville CTC, Stephanie Blair from Perry, Mary Beth Huestis, Travis Webber, Nick Rhinehart and Emilee Langdon.
Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary volunteers sold tickets and merchandise.
Colden Country Inn won best overall; Main Street Grill won the Judges Choice Award; Sweet Nicís took home best dessert, for their salty caramel cupcake; Theoís Family Restaurant cleaned up Best Chicken Dish, for open chicken Souvlaki; Desperados had best meat award, for their pulled pork and Chandersonís garnered the best appetizer, for their soups.
Entertainment included Wagner and Friends and the Rustic Ramblers, with Gene Hilts playing steel guitar, while guests chowed down and perused the basket options.
Chicken and mango sauce egg rolls from Colden Country Inn
Culinary offerings included exotics like elk chili, frog leg soup, Asian BBQ pork belly and bacon-wrapped shrimp, as well as down-home comfort food like meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter pie and plenty of stick-to-your-ribs soups and chowders.
The event was sponosred by Platinum Sponsor Emerling Ford, Gold Sponsors Blyís Clock Shop, Farm Family Insurance, Sears and Twin Lakes Homes and a number of silver sponsors.
Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary is located at 5076 Townline Road in Delevan, and is home to more than 700 species of endangered and protected ducks, geese and swans from more than 65 species.
The sanctuary can be visited on Sundays in July and August, from 2-5 p.m.
or call 942-6835 for more information on the sanctuary and upcoming events.