The burgeoning restaurant scene in Keller has inspired a dining event to celebrate the leaps and bounds growth of local eateries and other businesses in town. Dozens of dining establishments will serve up tastings of signature dishes at the inaugural Taste of Keller on April 18-19 at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway.
Executive Director Melissa Steen’s vision for the festival, produced by Keller Business Connections, is “to reflect the hometown culture of Keller and make our festival a County Fair with a Keller Flair.”
The tasty weekend, presented by Bud Light and 95.9 FM The Ranch, will offer festivalgoers a blend of food, music, art and a ton of hometown fun. It will feature “restaurants serving generous samplings of their menus at reduced prices along with a side of hit entertainment and a huge serving of fun all weekend for everyone.”
KBC Program and Events Coordinator Beth Murray said: “Keller Business Connections has an amazing group of ambassadors that are serving as our volunteer zone leaders. We also have co-chairs who are members of our organization directing our zone leaders and an army of volunteers to make sure this event is seamless.”
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Highlights of the festival are the T.O.K Tasting Tent, a 10,000 Egg Drop, a Battle of the Builder, the Miss Taste of Keller Pageant, a sanctioned barbecue competition, a Motorcycle Poker Run, a 1K fun run, eating contests, and arts and crafts.
On Friday evening, T.O.K. Tasting Tent will have more than 25 eateries serving generous portions of their favorite dishes. More fun is on tap as six local bartenders battle it out in the Shot Showdown. Attendees will compete to earn the Community Choice Award during 1-ounce tastings for $10 to raise money for the Greater Keller Women’s Club Foundation.
Nonstop music on three stages will feature performances by Robynn Shayne, Jason Ashley, The Nate Kipp Band, Derek Anthony and the Battle of the Bands performers.
Celebrate Easter weekend with the kids when 10,000 eggs are dropped on the festival grounds via Epic helicopters on Saturday at 4 p.m. Businesses will duke it out to build custom dog houses in the Battle of the Builder contest. Houses will be auctioned to benefit the Keller Humane Society. A slew of activities awaits guests at the event including electric boat races, the Barnyard Gymboree, a play area for kids and fun on the county fairgrounds.
“From tot to teen, we’re crowning six lovely local ladies based on personality, poise and attire in the Miss Taste of Keller Pageant to benefit the Keller ISD Education Foundation,” Murray writes.
Among the restaurants participating are Baja Grill, Brownson Rock, Elote Mexican Kitchen, FnG Eats, Keller Tavern, Lupe’s Tex-Mex Grill, Oliva Italian Eatery, Pickles BBQ & Icehouse, Devivo Bros. Eatery, Hook & Ladder Pizza, Shannon Brewing Co. and Bone Daddy’s.
“We really feel that all of the elements of Taste of Keller are so centered in what we are as a community. We are coming together to celebrate the best of everything that is Keller — the art, the vendors, the food, the music and the people that have made this event possible,” Murray said. “We are so proud that proceeds from our event are going to so many great local charities.”
Saturday Walk-a-Thon in honor or in memory of beloved pets
Love your pet? Then honor your fur baby by heading out to the track at Trinity High School, at 500 N. Industrial Blvd., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon for the GAP Club Walk-a-Thon.
Club members are inviting individuals and teams from the community to walk in honor or in memory of a favorite pet.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Trinity GAP Club Spay-Neuter Fund for Euless Animal Shelter pets. The festive occasion will have breakfast tacos for sale catered by Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, and Three Dog Bakery will have special doggy treats.
GAP is an all-girls club at Trinity High School with the mission of “giving girls a positive outlet for their time and to show them positive alternatives for their lives.” The club works with the Euless Animal Shelter to sponsor animals to help get them adopted into good homes.
Keller Crawfish Krawl is Saturday
It’s that time again for the Crawfish Krawl in the heart of Old Town Keller. On Saturday, Olive Street will come alive with music and many booths with wonderful merchandise and creations by artisans.
But the star of the show is, of course, the heaps of crawfish and savory selections of delicious Cajun food. Continuous live music, food and fun for the whole family will start at noon and continue all day until 9 p.m. Kiddos will enjoy bounce houses, games and munching on kid-friendly foods.
Admission and parking are free. Learn more at www.oldtownkeller.com.
Thanks for the Memories event benefits Alzheimer’s Association
Guests at the annual Thanks for the Memories event will doubtless say it topped the charts after an unforgettable performance by renowned Elvis Presley tribute artist Kraig Parker in his Remembering the King show. Along with the Elvis tribute, there’s a special dinner and fabulous auctions planned at Ridglea Country Club on April 24.
Chairing the event is Pam Bookout, and the honorary ones are Debbie and Dan Powell.
“Our Thanks for the Memories dinner-auction has a reputation of a fun event. This year will be no different. On behalf of those we serve each day, we appreciate the outpouring of support this event continues to receive,” said Lyn Downing, director of development at Alzheimer’s Association.
The acclaimed Ridglea chef will prepare a scrumptious buffet sure to please any palate, and a cash bar will serve libations of choice. Casual attire is the order of the evening and will keep party people happy and comfortable.
Think music, think fun when you decide how much to bid on the seven original “art” guitars created and donated by local artists. Or how about a traditional English beefsteak dinner with a Texas twist offered by celebrity Fort Worth chef Lou Lambert, or a week at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., near Disney World? And, a lively game of Heads or Tails will end with someone taking home a $1,000 American Airlines gift card.
Following the live auction, open your hearts and your wallets during a call to support the Louise C. Harrington Respite Fund established by Roxy Stevenson in memory of her mother.
Get tickets now and prepare to be “All Shook Up” at the 13th anniversary of this event. Tickets are $150 each, or tables can be reserved starting at $1,500. Contact Bonnie Fowler at 817-336-4949 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire or reserve online at www.alz.org/northcentraltexas.
Christian Arts Museum ‘Ark of the Covenant’ display
The Ark of the Covenant built by Scott McCune is now on display at the Christian Arts Museum in Fort Worth. Well known as the carpenter and co-founder of Ark of the Covenant Replicas Llc., McCune is highly regarded for his handcrafted genuine wood replicas of the biblical Ark of the Covenant used by Moses to store the Ten Commandments.
“This sacred chest is mentioned more than 40 times in Scripture. It is an exact copy as given in Exodus 25,” said museum spokeswoman Ann Geer. “Scott McCune has provided Arks to churches, ministries and fraternal organizations around the world.”
An additional component of the exhibit are tablets of the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s staff and a pot of manna placed with the Ark created by Janie Davis, Christian Arts Museum resident artist.
Geer said the creations are beautiful pieces of artwork and are on display for all religions to enjoy as they become a permanent display at the museum, located at 3221 Hamilton Ave. in the Cultural District.
Call the museum at 817-332-7878 with questions. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special tours can be arranged on request.