Gemas’s, Valle Grande shine at Taste of Chilton
Published 4:37 pm Friday, October 20, 2023
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Valle Grande Mexican Grill took home the savory and overall category wins with their meat and cheese quesadillas. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Gema’s Cupcakes won the sweet category with their variety of different cupcakes. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Hundreds of hungry Chilton County residents packed Senior Connection to try the county’s best food establishments. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Impact Catering dished up a variety of food including chicken dressing and macaroni and cheese. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Farm House Cafe brought some of their fan favorites for the attendees to enjoy. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
The Frozen Goat had a variety of chicken salads available to taste. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Ascension St. Vincent’s Chilton provided their popular chicken alfredo dish. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Pierce Farms was in attendance serving cornbread and a dessert. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Neighborhood Grill & Catering had their signature Chilton Chicken Bites and shrimp and grits for attendees to indulge in. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Milos had some of their popular chicken nuggets at the event. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Lickin Good Donuts and China Buffet provided dessert options for attendees. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Maplesville Florist and Bake Shoppe had a cobbler during the event. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Ellianos Coffee had their brew and food options for attendees. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Lake Mitchell Marina had their signature hot hamburger on deck for the event. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
Domino’s Pizza had a variety of pizza at the event. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
King’s Table Catering made their signature gumbo and rice for attendees. (CAREY REEDER | ADVERTISER)
By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor
The fifth year of Taste of Chilton saw a familiar winner, and a first-time winner on Oct. 16 at Senior Connection in Clanton. The event has become a Chilton County staple since its inception in 2018, and it again welcomed in hundreds of hungry residents who made a line out of the door when the event began at 5:30 p.m.
Attendees got to taste close to 20 of the best restaurants and eats Chilton County has to offer under one roof. Once they tasted all of the booths, they voted for the best sweet, savory and overall food at the event.
In the sweet category, Gema’s Cupcakes made it three consecutive years winning the category with their variety of miniature cupcakes that came in different flavors.
“It is a joy to do it, and it comes easy to me,” Gema’s Cupcakes owner Lillian Rogers said. “It was an awesome thing to win, and I am so grateful I have this gift in my hands to do it.”
The flavors of cupcakes Rogers brought to the event included pecan pie, sweet potato soufflé with candied bacon, red-devil and strawberry cheesecake, red-devil cupcakes with and without nuts and key lime.
Maplesville’s Valle Grande Mexican Grill won its first, and second, Taste of Chilton crowns taking not only the savory category, but the overall win as well. Valle Grande’s Sergio and Monica Sanchez served up delicious meat and cheese quesadillas that wowed the tasters enough to win both categories.
Taste of Chilton is the Rotary Club of Chilton County’s and Senior Connection’s biggest fundraiser of the year.