On Sunday, the first annual Taste of Indy took place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Independence High School, bringing live music, local food and a silent auction.

Hosted by the Independence High School PTSO, Taste of Indy opened the school up to the community for an evening filled with delicious samplings from local restaurants, a silent auction, cooking demonstrations by and live entertainment by the Indy orchestra and jazz band.

Participating restaurants included  &3 Foods, Bawarchi Biryanis Indian Cuisine, Bishop’s, Coffee and Coconuts, Drake’s, Jack of Hearts Bar-B-Que, Meo Mio’s Cajun and Seafood, Mimi’s Girl Artisan Bakery, Olivia Olive Oil, Padrino’s Pops, Papa C Pies, Pueblo Real and Tito’s, Rae’s Cuisine, Savory Spice, Scout’s Pub, Soulshine Pizza, Sugar Magnolia Bakeshop, Sweet Cece’s, Taziki’s, Triple Crown Bakery, Sushimaki.

The silent auction included a variety of fun and interesting items, such as two six packs of Lagunita’s Maximus Ale, four tickets to Disney World, an Indy Eagles football basket for all your football-fan needs, a Wild Ginger and AMC dinner and movie date night package, Nashville Symphony tickets, gold earrings, a King’s Bowl gift certificate package, three nights at the Cabin in Pigeon Forge, a Titans mini-helmet autographed by Delanie Walker, a Salon Blonde basket, a Tennessee Aquarium vacation package, a Darth Vader replica helmet, and more. There were 100 items up for auction.

Proceeds went to the IHS PTSO.

Olivia Olive Oil and Savory Spice sponsored a number of food demonstrations by Chef Tamie Cook. Her Cook Culinary Productions is a sought-after recipe development and culinary consulting company with clients across the Southeast and beyond, including as a personal chef to Robert Downey Jr., and with Tennessee Aquarium, Coca Cola, Florida Department of Citrus, Chef Steven Satterfield, Chef Ford Fry, Southern Foodways Alliance, and PeachDish, among others.

“We are so excited about our new annual event,” PTSO event chair, Erin Cornay said. “Parents, students, and teachers are working together to make this mouthwatering food festival a success. Our community has really gotten behind us as well. Our vision is for this food tasting festival to become an anticipated community tradition.”

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