Taste the Town, the one-stop progressive dinner hosted by Takeout 25 Oak Park is set to highlight Austin and Galewood establishments on June 24. Tickets are now on sale for the third event of its kind intended to raise funds for New Moms, 5317 W. Chicago Ave., a non-profit focused on empowering and educating young mothers. New Moms also has an Oak Park headquarters.
Each takeout bag, containing food from five restaurants to be reheated at home, feeds a family of four and will be picked up in six predetermined time slots from New Moms. Ben’s Bar Be Cue, Butter and Brown Bistro, Catering Out of the Box, Schweet Foods and Wild Fish and Beef are offering everything from catfish and brussels sprouts to spinach pie and artisan cupcakes.
“I always see people lined up at Ben’s Bar Be Cue when I drive my son to school,” said Allison Cummins, volunteer Taste the Town organizer. “It smells amazing, and I am super excited to try it. There are so many Austin area restaurants that are just waiting to be discovered by the Takeout 25 community.”
Tickets, available at www.givesignup.org/TicketEvent/TasteTheTown3/Info, are $85 and must be purchased by June 21. Forest Park resident, Kate Nolan, donated $500 to cover upfront event costs and organizers have set a goal of selling 300 tickets and raising an additional $5,000 for New Moms through donations.
Prior Taste the Town events have benefited Housing Forward and The Day Nursery and raised $38,000 and $31,000 respectively for the organizations and participating restaurants.
Melissa Elsmo, Oak Park Eats editor