Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

July 13, 2012

Taste of Hendricks County raises funds for non-profits

By Brenda L. Holmes

PLAINFIELD — Hendricks Power Cooperative, Hendricks County Flyer, and the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau once again came together to offer a “Taste of Hendricks County.”

Eateries from throughout the county came together this week to show off their food, and to raise funds for Leadership Hendricks County and the Hendricks County Community Foundation.

About 650 people attended the event at Five Star Catering at Primo West in Plainfield.

Suzanne Whicker is director of Leadership Hendricks County, a non-profit organization that educates people on the county and how it works with the purpose of creating leaders.

“It’s really good this year,” she said. “I mean the food is really good.”

Whicker said she was pleased with the turnout.

“There were people lined up at 5 o’clock,” she said. “There are lots of hungry people here. This is a fun evening where you come and get to socialize. We are very thankful to the Flyer, Hendricks Power, and the (Hendricks County) Convention and Visitors Bureau.”

Susan Rozzi echoed Whicker’s appreciation for the event.

“The Flyer, Hendricks Power, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau are wonderful supporters,” she said. “I just love it. The food is great and you get to spend time with people you don’t always get to see. It’s just so much fun.”

Hendricks Power Cooperative is the only sponsor of the event. The Hendricks County Flyer and the HCCVB plan, promote, and execute the annual fundraiser.

Harold Allen, publisher of the Hendricks County Flyer, said he was very happy with this year’s event.

“I was really pleased with attendance,” he said. “There’s a lot going on and with school’s having shorter summer breaks, there are a lot of people gone on vacation.”

He said there were the normal lines when the doors opened and there was a  continuous influx of people throughout the evening.

“I think the restaurants had lines throughout the evening,” he said. “There was a good steady flow of people.”

Allen said the restaurants that participated did a great job.

“There were just a few that ran out (of food),” he said. “And people were smart about their eating this year. They came in, got their appetizers and main course. Then went back for their desserts.”

Jamie Bohler Smith of the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau said the Taste of Hendricks County is a showcase event.

“It really showcases our community and food from all over the county,” Bohler Smith said. “We have places here from Plainfield to Danville. Gosh, this year we even have Pittsboro represented.”

She said she enjoys seeing the mix of locally owned restaurants as well as “those places like Applebee’s and Chick-fil-A, which are great community partners.”

Bohler Smith said the HCCVB is having a great summer travel season and will soon be welcoming the winners of the Win & Grin Getaways contest.

“We have people coming from out of state to Hendricks County over the next 12 weeks,” she said. “Then we’ll learn from them their first-person experience. We’re hoping for some great visitor experiences.”

The next big event for the HCCVB is Wings of Golf, which takes place Aug. 15 at West Chase in Brownsburg. The event starts with registration at 10 a.m.