TASTE 2017 Showcases the Very Best of Ventura!

By Raven West

Jessica Perkins and Maya Lazos of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce greeted connoisseurs of great food and drink at the TASTE 2017 event.

Guests enjoyed a sampling of the very best of Ventura’s eateries, wineries, breweries, distilled spirits and confectioners at the annual event held at the Museum of Ventura County in Downtown Ventura where more than 40 businesses were on hand to serve their finest culinary delights to a hungry and thirsty crowd.

International delicacies were served by Lynn Mikelatos, owner of The Greek Mediterranean Restaurant with the best Mai Tai from the staff at Ventiki Lounge & Lanai. Executive chef Salvador E. Hernandez from Austen’s Pierpont Inn served Rack of Lamb Lollipops with Mint Chimichurri and Potato Dumplings.

Four Brix Wine

Aloha Steakhouse president Jim Avrea dished out samples of their classic Black and Blue cheese Crustini made with filet mignon, sautéed mushrooms, blue cheese sauce served over a toasted jalapeno cheese bread which paired perfectly with wine from Four Brix and Plan B Wine Cellars.

Jim Avrea serves guests a delicious TASTE from Aloha Steakhouse

Sub-Zero Ice Cream

For beer enthusiasts, Concrete Jungle Brewing Project poured their hand-crafted brew and Leashless Brewing served several styles of their certified organic beer.  Alquimia Organic Tequila was also on hand to share their most popular spirits.

What would a good meal be without dessert?

Andreau from SubZero Ice Cream demonstrated their instant freeze process that paired well with the cupcake samples from Esther’s Sweet SinSations, Nothing Bundt Cakes. Topping off the sweets were yummy samples from Dottie’s Sweet Delight and Auntie’s Easts & Treats.

Between the eating and drinking, Kim Mora, owner of VIP Memory Maker was snapping fun shots of the guests wearing weird get-ups, while everyone enjoyed the live entertainment performed by Joshua Lodge

Great entertainment pairs perfectly with great food, great drink and great company. It’s all about good TASTE!

For information on next year’s event, contact: [email protected]

Alquimia Tequila

Enjoying a Mai Tai from Ventiki Lounge and Lanai

Entertainment by Joshua Lodge

VIP Memory












Raven West


Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty years. She has an extensive knowledge of local wineries from Thousand Oaks to Ojai and will be covering special events which take place at the tasting rooms throughout the year.Named in the TOP 50 Authors by Authorsdb.com

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