To me, nothing is more fun than going on a new culinary adventure! That’s why I appreciated the chance to explore what Berwyn has to offer.

On Thursday, August 27, 2015 the annual Taste of Main Street took place on Cermak Road between Lombard and Kenilworth. For three hours, locals could bring their ticket to any or all of the thirteen participating establishments to receive anything from a crispy chicken sandwich to pulque, a Mexican milky alcoholic beverage made of fermented agave nectar. Tickets only cost $10 each – a great deal because that value of everything available to sample was over $100! 

Not only was the event a perfect opportunity to connect with neighbors, but the fact that most business owners were serving the samples themselves made for a more unique interaction. For example, I went into Vesecky’s Bakery and was greeted by the smiling faces of owner Nancy Vesecky and employee Laura Surprenant. After getting two flakey ko%u0142aczkis (round sweet cookies with filling in the center, kind of like a miniature Danish), Nancy was happy to tell me that Vesecky’s Bakery has been around for over 100 years.

Over 250 people came out to experience new places and everyone was welcome to wrap up the food tour with an after-party at Wagner’s Lounge, complete with live music by Caliente and a contest to win an iPad.

The Taste of Main Street was organized by the Cermak Road Special Events Commission of the Berwyn Development Corporation and Berwyn Main Street. 

Photography by Alicia Plomin

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Alicia Plomin

Alicia, who has lived in Oak Park for over half her life, graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Journalism and Media Management. She's been with Wednesday Journal Publications since...