Taste of Tacoma will taste a little more like Tacoma this year. Or at least it will taste a little like Tacoma's Sixth Avenue restaurant core.
Asado and Masa, the across-the-avenue neighbors owned by X Group Restaurants, will serve marinated steak skewers from its booth at Taste of Tacoma, the annual food and entertainment event at Point Defiance Park, taking place Friday through Sunday.
Other participating Tacoma restaurants are Southern Kitchen (gumbo), Joeseppi's (tortellini and chop salad), Porter's Place (barbecue) and Katie Downs (deep-dish pizza, of course). Federal Way's Pac Island Grill, winner of 2007's best entrée, will serve Kalua pork, chicken and lumpia.
In all, 30 food vendors from around Puget Sound will serve everything from goat curry to strawberry shortcake (with fajitas, barbecue, brats, piroshky and some salmon). Single-item entrees top out at $6, combo plates $7. Some vendors will even offer $2 tastes of select items. Discounted meal tickets, sold at the gate, offer 15 percent discounts on food and beverages. Admission to the event, which features live music and other entertaiment, is free.
Wanna drink wine with mayors? From 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, five former Tacoma mayors and one current Tacoma mayor will pour and chat at the event's Wine & Roses, a fund-raiser for the Metro Parks Foundation. (Full disclosure: Wine & Roses is sponsored by the News Tribune.)
I'll be eating and reporting live from Taste of Tacoma on Friday. Check back in at Ed's Diner for some first bites.
Taste of Tacoma: Point Defiance Park, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.