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Tour offers a 'Taste' of Seminole Heights

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS - The neighborhood is bungalow-rich, and in recent years has become restaurant-rich. The third annual "Taste of the Heights" will show off the best of both with a house-to-house stroll and culinary offerings at 10 stops on the tour. The event, scheduled for Oct. 21, is sponsored by the Southeast Seminole Heights Civic Association. A portion of ticket sales will benefit two local charities. Five hundred tickets will be sold; organizers are urging people to buy early.
"We sold out last year before the taste ever happened," said Stan Lasater, owner of Axxis Advertising. Even with 100 more tickets available this year, he said, the event is expected to be a sellout with no day-of tickets available. "The restaurants donate all the food," Lasater said. "We have to cap it at some point." At nine locations along the approximately one-mile route, restaurant chefs will serve samples of their signature dishes, and the neighborhood's home chefs will offer their "porch-party" favorites. Entertainment will be provided by local bands and performers. The route is suitable for walking or bicycling. For the first time, there will be a beer garden featuring micro-brews from local businesses such as Southern Brewing & Winemaking and Cold Storage Craft Brewery. Restaurants dishing up samples include: The Refinery, Ella's Folk Art Café, Reservations Gourmet to Go, the Original Taco Bus, The Independent, Soo Good BBQ, The Front Porch Grill and one of the neighborhood's newest restaurants, Domani's Bistro & Lounge. Local performers and bands will include Genghis Flan and Denise Moore. Organizers say the list of restaurants and performers likely will increase as the event nears. Tickets are on sale for $20 at taste-of-the-heights.com.  

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