A taste test in Troy

Eager foodies crowd the streets of downtown Troy’s Prouty Plaza for their taste of fine cuisine at 2010’s Taste of Troy. Eager foodies crowd the streets of downtown Troy’s Prouty Plaza for their taste of fine cuisine at 2010’s Taste of Troy.

The Taste of Troy draws foodies from all over the Miami Valley

By Tim Walker

Eager foodies crowd the streets of downtown Troy’s Prouty Plaza for their taste of fine cuisine at 2010’s Taste of Troy.

Eager foodies crowd the streets of downtown Troy’s Prouty Plaza for their taste of fine cuisine at 2010’s Taste of Troy.

Who doesn’t love to eat?

Whether trying out a new restaurant with some friends, dining in with loved ones, or just firing up some burgers and dogs on the grill, these long summer days in the Miami Valley offer a wide variety of food choices to those with culinary leanings. And having a wide variety of foods to choose from is exactly what the upcoming Taste of Troy is all about.

Imagine a group of 15 booths, each representing one independent Troy-area restaurant. Now imagine that each of these booths is preparing and selling samples of the restaurant’s signature dishes, for prices ranging from $1 to $5 per dish. Here’s the procedure: You buy a handful of tickets and you get to sample some great food from a variety of eateries in a fun, casual atmosphere and all in one place — what could be better for a hungry foodie? Throw in a lineup of great live music, some beautiful summer weather and the company of about 5,000 of your closest friends and neighbors, and you have a mental picture of what the Taste of Troy will be offering to local food lovers at Prouty Plaza in Troy, on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s an annual event that we hold here in downtown Troy,” said Karin Manovich, organizer of the festival and executive director of the Troy Main Street organization. “We’ll be featuring food samples from hometown restaurants, the independent restaurants of Troy. We’ve invited 31 local restaurants to participate – last year we had 15 businesses participate and we anticipate having approximately the same number this year. Two of our downtown restaurants, La Piazza and The Caroline, will be offering wine and beer tastings on their outdoor patios; La Piazza will be offering wine, and The Caroline will be featuring beer.”

The Caroline and La Piazza are just two of the well-known area establishments who have committed to participate in the event at press time. The Caroline, located at 5 S. Market St. in downtown Troy, features a menu of classic American fare, while La Piazza, situated nearby at 2 N. Market St., offers an Italian menu and was created by Michael and Leo Anticoli, members of the longest continually operating restaurant family in the Miami Valley. Other participants who’ve already committed to participating this year include LeDoux’s Restaurant, which serves Louisiana-style Cajun cuisine; BakeHouse Bread and Cookie Company, which makes artisan bread and baked goods; first-time participant Balance Meals Bistro, whose menu states that they provide healthy, convenient and delicious food created by “blending modern dietary science and culinary techniques;” and Fat Boyz Pizzeria, who will also be participating in the show for the first time.

“All this started out as an art show seven or eight years ago and it has really evolved to focus on the food,” continued Manovich. “It’s really a lot of fun – LeDoux’s Restaurant won ‘Best Entree’ at last year’s Taste of Troy. We usually have a panel of judges that walks around during the event and awards prizes for Best Entree, Best Decorated Booth and Best Dessert. Everyone gets into the spirit of the event and really enjoys it.”

Don LeDoux, proprietor of LeDoux’s Restaurant and a former Dayton radio personality, agrees. “We really enjoy the event. We won Best Entree last year …” he said about some of the menu items they served at the Taste last year, including Crawfish Étouffée, the Grilled Veggie Pasta and the Red Beans and Rice.

“In addition to the Taste of Troy festival, our weekly Farmers Market will be taking place just across the street, and will be going on at the same time, which will give people a chance to enjoy that as well,” continued Manovich. “There’s really something going on that day for everyone.”

Past participants in the Taste of Troy include such local eateries as Winan’s Fine Chocolates & Coffees, Sakai Japanese Bistro, Night Sky Coffee House, La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant and Al’s Pizza — always a crowd favorite.

The Taste of Troy will take place at Prouty Plaza in Troy on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to all ages, there is no admission charge and food prices will range from $1 to $5 per serving. Tents and seating will be available. For more information, visit www.troymainstreet.org.

Reach DCP freelance writer Tim Walker at TimWalker@DaytonCityPaper.com.

Tim Walker is 51 and a writer, DJ, and local musician. He lives with his wife and their two children in Dayton, where he enjoys pizza, jazz, and black T-shirts. Reach DCP freelance writer Tim Walker at TimWalker@DaytonCityPaper.com

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