Commonwealth Journal

June 8, 2014

Taste of the Lake’ a downtown hit

by Chris Harris
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset —

Perfect weather and delicious smells in the air helped make for a heaping portion of people at Friday’s “Taste of the Lake” event.
The second-annual downtown “Taste” brought 19 local restaurants and eateries together at the judicial center plaza Friday evening to help raise money for a good cause.
Over $2,900 was brought in to help fund Operation Angel Care, a charitable initiative designed to help provide a better holiday for families in need in this area.
Organizer Wynona Padgett was pleased with the turnout — and what was turned in — to this year’s “Taste of the Lake” event, after rain put a bit of a damper on it last time.
“I’m really pleased with that amount (raised) because it’s about $1,000 more than last year,” she said. 
Padgett estimated that several hundred visited “Taste” during the course of the night (the event started at 6 p.m.).
“I know Pub 311 brought 400 burgers to grill and divided them into fourths ... and they were out if them by about 8:30 p.m.,” said Padgett. “So that alone would have been 1,200 tickets.”
Tasting partners included: Arby's, Diamondz and Divaz Catering Inc., Expressions Tea, Fazoli's, Granny's Tasty Treats & Catering, Here Comes The Cake by Judi, Kroger, Main Street Bistro & Catering, Pepsi-Cola, Penn Station, Prairie Farms, Pub 311, Ruckel's Restaurant, Catering & Paylake, Subway, Texas Roadhouse, Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill, and Two Tails Steak & Seafood Market.
“Taste of the Lake” was sponsored by Clear Channel-Lake Cumberland and the Alton Blakley Family of Dealerships. 
Chris Harris is a staff writer for the Commonwealth Journal. He can be reached at