Barnes Museum draws locals to a ‘Taste of Southington’

Taste of Southington-Scott Uhlman a chef at Smokin with Chris

Scott Uhlman, a chef at Smokin’ with Chris restaurant at 59 West Center St., entices visitors at the Taste of Southington with the tantalizing smells of Southington barbecue.


Southington answered that classic question, “What’s for dinner?” last Wednesday as residents celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Taste of Southington. The lawn of the Barnes Museum was brimming with people from town and surrounding areas for a sampling of cuisines from a dozen of Southington’s best area restaurants, caterers, and bakeries.

Each vendor selected a few items from their menu to offer to the evening’s attendees. The walkway was flanked by chefs, restaurant owners, wait staff, and bakers. With the combination of choices offered, it was possible to start with an appetizer, sample a salad, try a main course, and move right through dessert.

The evening was a way to show what Southington cuisine has to offer. “We are just finally settling into the town since moving here last year. I happened to see the sign tonight on my way home. My husband and I decided to come and see what it was all about. It’s great,” said Amy Dauphinias. “I decided to try the mac and cheese fritters from Geno’s. Needless to say, I am not disappointed.”

The Taste of Southington gave people the opportunity to try multi-cultural dishes as well.

“Tonight you can taste Japanese food in one spot, then Indian food in another, and maybe some Irish food in between,” said Catherina Carlette, owner of CC Carvers. “ I look forward to this night every year. This is my fifth year participating.”

Taste of Southington- Apple Harvest Hostesses

Apple Harvest hostesses, above, great visitors.

Jane Cove, of Southington, enjoyed trying some international food as well. “I just had some delicious Indian soup from Namaste,” she said. “I am waiting for a friend to bring me some Japanese sushi to try next.”

The Taste of Southington was also a night that young volunteers had an opportunity to socialize with the people of the community.

This year’s 2016 Apple Harvest hostess were in attendance to mingle with the crowd with smiles and conversation. Plantsville and Southington’s queens were greeting guests at both entrances with menus for the evening.

“It’s always a fun night,” said Jr. Teen Miss Plantsville Haley Derwin. “I enjoy meeting new people.”

Entertainment was also a part of the evening. In a make-shift stage on the porch of the Barnes Museum, Malorie Leogrande filled the lawn with jazz-styled vocals. Under the gazebo, Puttin’ on the Ritz took root to offer face painting and balloons to younger guests.


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