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Tasting event benefits United Way
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The Flavors of Forsyth event benefits United Way of Forsyth County. - photo by Submitted
At a glance

The Flavors of Forsyth runs from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at The Avenue Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Parkway. Admission is free, however food samples are priced between 50 cents and $3. The event features music, children’s activities, art and retail promotions at the outdoor shopping mall. Online:
Jon Adams has his sights set on today’s Flavors of Forsyth.

Adams is a chef with Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, which is one of about 25 area restaurants participating in The Avenue Forsyth-sponsored event that benefits the local United Way.

Awards will be given for best entrees, appetizers, desserts and other menu items. While Adams wants to win, he said the event is more than a friendly competition.

“We’re big members in support of the United Way and we do a lot of events with United Way ... to help them as much as possible,” he said.

“It would be silly for us not to be there to support The Avenue and just be out there with our neighboring restaurants.”

The restaurants — including Tin Drum Asia Café, Which Wich sandwich shop, Ichiban Steak and Sushi and Ted’s Montana Grill from The Avenue — will be offering up fan favorites.

But Megan Jurkovic, marketing manager for the outdoor shopping mall off Peachtree Parkway, said the event has also drawn neighboring restaurants.

“We always want to feel like we’re establishing a sense of place for the community, so we felt like Flavors of Forsyth presented a unique opportunity for us to be able to bring in outside restaurants to participate,” she said.

“All of our restaurants were on board and thought it was a great idea and are actually excited about the culinary competition component.”

Among the neighboring restaurants taking part are Jim ’N Nick’s, Norman’s Landing and Los Maguey.

Carmen Pacheco, assistant manager of Los Maguey, said the restaurant will serve beef and chicken nachos, cheese dip and authentic sopapilla dessert.

“This is our first year being here in Cumming, so we just wanted to have our products out there for people to come and see our authentic Mexican food,” she said

Jurkovic said the event is being held on a Thursday to avoid pulling from heavy weekend business.

Adams will provide samples of ribs, sandwiches and pork tacos.

Jim ’N Nick’s, which has collected top honors at tasting events across the metro Atlanta area, will also have blues music and a portable smoker to demonstrate the barbecue process.

“Any opportunity we can get to put our food in people’s hands who haven’t had it, it may take a week to turnaround, but they always come back,” Adams said.

Flavors of Forsyth is a new experience for The Avenue, but Jurkovic said the goal is to make it an annual event.

“We always knew this would be a successful event, it was just a matter of partnering with the right nonprofit,” she said.

“Tasting events are also very popular in outdoor lifestyle centers ... so there’s a lot of excitement going around.”