Tasty Towson: Local restaurants show off their finest food on campus

By: Annie Sragner, Associate Arts and Life Editor 

One of the greatest aspects of the Towson community is the variety of food choices scattered around the area.

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, over 30 restaurants from the community congregated for the fourth annual Taste of Towson hosted in SECU Arena and presented by the Towson Chamber of Commerce.

Local chefs cooked up samples on-site and in advance for guests to try and discover the different kinds of food available in the area.

Dining Director Kathleen Smith represented Brightview Senior Living to show the Towson community what their residents and family members are eating.

Photo by Annie Sragner/The Towerlight
Photo by Annie Sragner/The Towerlight

“A lot of people don’t think of assisted living communities as having upscale restaurant-quality food, but we do,” Smith said. “We hire people that have strong restaurant backgrounds in our kitchens and we have a very eclectic kitchen staff that brings a lot of different styles and techniques to the kitchen.”

TU alum Kimberly Chambers brought her business and catering skills back to campus with her fresh-food company, Rouge Fine Catering.

“Our food is house-made in our facility up in Hunt Valley, but for bigger events we make all of our food on site where we bring the kitchen to the event,” Chambers said.

Sheraton Baltimore North on Dulaney Valley Road brought a popular display of mini chicken and waffle cones along with smoked Gouda macaroni and cheese that sustained a crowd throughout the event.

Executive sous chef Abby Swisher said she tries to maintain “a new play on old favorites. There are southern classics that I try to keep alive in a way that has fresh ideas.”

Towson Hot Bagel, a staple for students on weekend mornings, also brought a display for diners to enjoy.

THB has been in Towson since 1999 and has since expanded to Timonium and Canton.

“Our bagels come from high quality product, freshly baked every morning and couple hours,” co-owner Ciro Scotto said.

Other restaurants also involved with this year’s Taste of Towson include On the Border, Food by Fire, BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse, Black & Gold Catering, 7 West Bistro Grille, La Cakerie, Strapazza, Noodles & Company and Cunningham’s.

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