Taste Of Rim Country This Weekend


Sample some of the best cooking in the Rim Country, along with a variety of wines this weekend at the Payson Public Library.

The annual Taste of the Rim Country is at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 5. Tickets are $30 per person, and must be purchased in advance.

With the cost of the ticket, you can sample the fare of several different cooks at 11 stations set up among the stacks at the library in Rumsey Park. The food focuses on appetizers and desserts and will be served in a French bistro atmosphere.

Guests can place bids on a large selection of items collected and created for the event’s silent auction — including autographed copies of books by authors such as David Baldacci and Barbara Kingsolver.

Master of ceremonies for the evening will be Town Councilman Fred Carpenter, who will also provide musical entertainment from his vast and eclectic store of recordings.

The chefs and cooks participating this year include Marlenea La Shomb of Au Naturalé Café (formerly Healthy Perspectives Organic Café); representatives from Ayothaya Thai Café and Sushi Bar; Lucinda Flores, pastry chef for Cedar Ridge Restaurant at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino; Brittanee Fitch from Creekside Steakhouse in Christopher Creek; Michael Seeley of Laura’s Small Café and Christine Bollier of Vita-Mart; Stephen LeMonier of Majestic Rim Senior Apartments; students with the Payson High School culinary arts program; Barbara O’Connor from The Randall House in Pine; Leonie Dobbins of Red Elephant Catering and Baking Company; and last year’s winner Maggie Evans of the Verde River Rock Bed and Breakfast.

If you’d like to have a great evening of fun, food, wine, music and more, get over to the library and get your tickets now.


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