Eyes on Arlington: ‘Taste University’ set for Tuesday at Arlington Convention Center

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Rah! Rah! “Taste University” — aka Taste of Arlington — will open to cheers at the Arlington Convention Center at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for all food lovers ready to sample a big slice of Arlington’s food scene.

Ready to raise money and raise your spirits, the event organizers cleverly chose the “Taste University” theme to help attendees get in the spirit of the festive occasion where continuous live music and silent and big-board auctions will keep guests entertained between bites.

Knowing where to find the best local cuisine isn’t easy in a city the size of Arlington, and this is a great way to discover some of the eateries you haven’t visited and to savor the foods from your favorite haunts, too.

After visiting with key organizer Kim Lawson from Theatre Arlington, it’s safe to say that guests at Taste University will definitely qualify for “graduation” by the time they’ve tried all the tasty samplings from the 50 restaurants she’s lined up to serve their signature dishes at the event.”

Auction swag includes a Rangers suite, a $250 Elfa package from The Container Store, a stay at the Sheraton, and all sorts of entertainment and sports packages. There’s even a Bell 47 helicopter ride.

Many perennial restaurant favorites will be back along with some “Freshmen” including Copper Top Saloon, Digg’s Taco Shop, Raising Cane’s Chicken, Restaurant 506 at The Sanford House, and Rudy’s Barbecue.

A sweet message from the event Facebook page says: “The decadent dessert menu keeps growing. Cacharel Restaurant, Cooper Street Bakery, Coolberry Yogurt, Nothing Bundt Cakes, the Popcorn Store and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will have something to satisfy your sweet tooth.”

Get this one on the calendar and come experience the culinary culture of your community while you enjoy Arlington’s unique food

Tickets are $40 per person in advance and $45 at the door. A $65 VIP ticket includes premium seating and a pre-event wine tasting. Advance purchase discounts are available, including savings with Star-Telegram Press Pass. All proceeds benefit Theatre Arlington and Arlington YMCA.

Details at tasteofarlington.info.

Bow & Holly Run

To get in the spirit for the upcoming Holiday Magic Gift Market, a 5K and mile fun run are planned for Oct. 26 at 8 a.m. at River Legacy Parks.

The Junior League of Arlington, host of the event, invites both serious runners and friends and family who simply want a fun, active morning to join in the fun. It’s a good way to get in shape for some power shopping during the Holiday Magic show that opens Nov. 8.

The race offers both timed and untimed participation, and a fun awards ceremony after the race will recognize winners in several categories.

In charge of the Bow & Holly Run are Jodi Garcia and Julie Meyer with help from a dedicated committee.

“We look forward to this family and pet friendly run to benefit Holiday Magic and our community. Dress in your favorite Halloween or Christmas attire,” said Laura Hayward, chairwoman of the Holiday Magic steering committee.

Advance registration is $25 for adultsand $15 for children age 4-12. Day of the race fees are $30 for adults and $20 for kids. Children under age 3 are free.

Details at www.jlarlington.org or call 817-277-9481 to inquire.

Belles and Beaus

A fashion show featuring local elected officials modeling the latest styles is set for Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. at Rolling Hills Country Club, 401 Lamar Blvd. The event, hosted by the Republican Women of Arlington, includes the style show, a luncheon and silent auction.

Event co-chairwomen Mary Jo Patten and Delores Pell say part of the fun is the mystery of who the models will be. Unwilling to spoil the surprise and reveal the full cast, Pell did report that Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will be among the models.

“Others are judges, state reps and some wives of elected officials. The beaus escorting them will be a significant other,” said Pell.

According to Patton, “These ‘Belles and Beaus’ will be modeling the newest fall and holiday fashions from Stein Mart. All plans have come together for an enjoyable afternoon of light entertainment led by host moderator Scott Murray.”

Among several silent auction items are a crystal beverage dispenser, a weekend trip and a champagne celebration basket.

Luncheon tickets are $35 each, and the event is also the annual membership drive. To make reservations, contact Pell at 817-572-9447.

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