Good Food At Annual Taste Of Rim Helps Library

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The support of Rim Country residents and visitors for the Payson Public Library has never been more important. So, get your tickets now for this weekend’s Taste of Rim Country at the Payson Public Library.

Half of the $30 tickets are tax deductible and the proceeds make it possible for the library to continue its many great programs. Without community support, the library may have to scale back its offerings in the future as the Town of Payson continues to see shortfalls in its revenue.

The Taste of Rim Country event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 6 at the library and features appetizers and desserts from many of the Rim Country’s best restaurants and other businesses.

Enjoy food from The Randall House, Verde River Rock House Bed & Breakfast, Majestic Rim, The Rim Club, Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, Creekside, Chili’s, The Red Elephant Bakery & Cafe, the Thai restaurant to be opened at the corner of Highway 260 and Manzanita, and the student chefs of Payson High School. Plus guests may take part in a silent auction for lots of great gifts, including such things as a Doggie Gift Basket, prepared by Terry Morris, library director with homemade doggie treats and $1,000 airline voucher.

Call (928) 474-9260 for details.

Much of what will be offered by the participating chefs is yet to be decided, though a few mentioned what they hope to feature. Kenny Tassell, manager of Chili’s, said he plans to share the restaurant’s new soups: a vegetarian sweet corn soup and a chicken, green chile and avocado soup. Maggie Evans of Verde River Rock House Bed & Breakfast will have monster strawberries and Belgian chocolate again, plus something she calls “lambcicles” and a surprise.

Gerardo Moceri will be featuring his protégé at the Taste of Rim event. Andrew Winiecki started work for Moceri’s restaurant almost four years ago. His first job was washing dishes and now he is a master at all the food preparation stations, but is especially passionate about the baking. He plans to share a seafood appetizer and either gelato or cannoli.

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