NILES - The public's tastebuds were working overtime Wednesday sampling everything from pasta, seafood and beef to candy and cakes at the fourth annual Taste of Trumbull.
The food sampling event, which was attended by more than 380 people and held at McMenamy's restaurant in Niles, is a major fundraiser for the GFWC Ohio Warren Junior Women's League to benefit the Life Enrichment Activities Program.
LEAP was established in 2005 for special needs young adults, and provides various recreational and educational programs and activities.
Steve James, chef / owner of the Fifth Season Restaurant / Banquet Center in Mineral Ridge, right, prepares spaghetti squash for sampling at the fourth annual Taste of Trumbull held Wednesday at McMenamy’s in Niles. Assisting are Sarah and Melissa Trickett.
Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland
Twenty-two vendors offered Taste of Home employees everything from Syrian chicken, hamburger sliders, pastas, various appetizers and lots and lots of desserts. Local celebrities acted as judges, and attendees chose the People's Choice and Best Table Decor awards.
Attendee Sharon Klingman of Warren said, ''There is a nice variety of food to sample. The food was awesome and everything was so tasty.''
Cindy Orslene of Taste of Temptations in Cortland said people enjoy the chocolate candies and the nostalgia items like gumballs and other sweet treats.
Winners of the GFWC Ohio Warren Junior Women's League fourth annual Taste of Trumbull were:
People's Choice - Ohio Inn Family Restaurant
Best Table Decor - PMG Chocolatier
Best of Appetizer Firebird's WoodFire Grill
Best of Beef - The Reef Restaurant / Sandbar
Best of Cake - TCaKz Cupcakes and Cakes
Best of Candy - PMG Chocolatier
Best of Chicken - Little Damascus
Best of Cookies - Just Pizzelles
Best of Ethnic - Ghossain's Gourmet Mediterranean Foods
Best of Pasta - Sunrise Inn
Best of Pork - Perfette's Sausage LLC
Best of Seafood - Ohio Inn Family Restaurant
Best of Vegetarian - The Fifth Season Restaurant and Banquet Center
Karen Scher of Champion and with Uncle Jim's Foods of Warren said the event gave her a chance to try the foods made at the local establishments.
''This not only helps the community and educates the public about what we do but also helps the businesses get a little recognition,'' Scher said.
Kellie Pope, event co-chairperson, and Karen Margala, president of the WJWL, said the success of the event in the past three years was the decision to continue the event again this year.
''We have done very well with this event. People love the many appetizers and desserts,'' Margala said.