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Taste of the town is Saturday at BJs
Event showcases local restaurants
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Forsyth County News

The BJ’s Taste of the Town event is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at BJ’s Membership Club, 1725 Market Place Blvd. in Cumming. For more information, call (770) 781-8735 or visit
BJ’s Membership Club in Cumming will be the Taste of the Town on Saturday.

The club will welcome about a dozen Cumming restaurants and food vendors to its Market Place Boulevard location for the inaugural event.

Taste of the Town originated about two years ago at a Florida BJ’s location. This year, all eight stores in Georgia will participate.

Doors are open to the public, including non-members, and there is no charge to sample foods, said BJ’s spokeswoman Susie Meacham.

“When people come in, we give them a plate at the door and they just go around to each of the restaurants and they’ll give them a free sample,” she said.

Food vendors include Atlanta Bread, Bello Italian, CiCi’s Pizza, Creations Bakery, Edible Arrangements, Firewater Chophouse, Honey Baked Ham,
Lenny’s Sub Shop, Outback Steakhouse, Panda Express and Stars and Strikes.

The event will be a bit of a homecoming for Ana Warren, who owns Edible Arrangements with husband Mike.

“I used to work at BJ’s,” she said. “I used to be a baker at BJ’s and I know everybody there.”

While she’s excited to spend some time with her former co-workers, Warren said the event is also a great tool for her business.

“It’s good marketing for me because I get to have all the people that are shopping at BJ’s try my fruit,” she said. “I’m sure once they try they’ll come and buy from me, so it’s a good opportunity.”

Meacham said the event will take place inside the store, noting that “it’s too hot to be doing this outside in Georgia.”

In addition to food, the event will include activities for children. Meacham anticipates about 800 people will attend.

“With the economy how it is, we wanted to help them out,” she said of the local restaurants. “It also helps us out because it brings people to the store.”