Taste of Tyler Garden Party


The “Man” always goes to the Annual Taste of Tyler Party.  It goes back to the leadership days of Danny Case and Jerry Bower and continues “even unto this hour” with Bob Westbrook and Roger Lumley.  These good men have taken good care of me…and this year was no exception.

The Taste of Tyler throws its big bash each spring at Harvey Convention Center and it is always a hoot!  More good food than ought to be legal, a huge array of beers, wines, and cool drinks, great music in a festive atmosphere and a first class culinary competition of our local high school students, which is judged by professional chefs.

This year 36 restaurants participated to provide a taste of their finest cuisine.  It is a whale of a bargain in that for a meager $25 ticket you sample the best of the best all night long without paying full price.  Figure it out:  $25 divided by 36 restaurants is about .69 a sample…and these are big samples, my friends.  And guess what, all of the beers and wine are free using that formula.  I’m a-tellin’ you, for about the price of two uncooked 8oz. choice fillets of beef tenderloin, you can eat and drink fine fare with super entertainment for three hours.

But, there is a deeper and more meaningful motive behind this party of all parties.  This citywide event raises money, through ticket sales, to support ProStart, a high school culinary education program across Northeast Texas.  The program provides students with opportunities to learn the art of cooking and managing restaurants through a classroom environment.  It, also, creates pathways to earning college credits while still attending high school.

So, the highlight of the event is a well-orchestrated high school culinary competition expertly operated under the Texas Chefs Association Rules of Competition.  Each team of two students was given a protein, which was pork shoulder; a budget of $14 and must prepare a meal for four which must be completed in one hour (students choose the sides).  They are graded on 1) best presentation of the protein and sides 2) most creative plating and 3) flavor.  These kids hit it out of the park.

The high school student teams were from the ProStart Programs at Chapel Hill, Tyler ISD Career Technical Education Center, Lindale ISD, and Whitehouse ISD.  The 1st place winner was Chapel Hill with a $300 prize to their program.  The 2nd place winner was Tyler ISD-CTE for a prize of $200 to their program.  The remaining three teams received $100 each for their school’s program.

This outstanding ProStart Program is based on a curriculum prepared and approved by the Texas Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association and the American Chefs Association.  It is college level work adapted to high school students.  These students get first class training and do first class work, as all five of the teams demonstrated in this competition. 

 The “Man’s” dear friend, Shelbie Glover, Executive Director of the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce, won the four free tickets to the Taste from the BSCENE Magazine contest.  So, she and three of her friends along with, BSCENE’s Tara Johnson and Bryan Stewart, were my party.  Wow, what a party we had eating and drinking and drinking and eating throughout the night.  Our rest spots were enjoying the music of Faber and Friends and the TJC Jazz Ensemble and both were fantastic.  When he was not “tending to business” my buddy, Bob Westbrook, tagged along and kept the party lively.

Well now, hope you get the picture.  The Taste of Tyler is an annual “not to miss event” to add to your “must do for fun and a good cause” list every year.

So, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about town.


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"Andy Warhol: Screen Prints & Snapshots"

Oct 01 @ 01:00 pm | Tyler Museum of Art | Tyler, TX

~~One of the most highly anticipated exhibitions in recent years comes to the Tyler Museum of Art with “Andy Warhol: Screen Prints & Snapshots,” open to the public Sunday, Oct. 1 through Jan. 7, 2018 at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus.

The exhibition, organized by the TMA, features close to 40 works by the late Pop Art icon, including a series of Warhol’s signature silkscreen prints drawn from the Cochran Collection of LaGrange, Ga., and a collection of his celebrity-centric Polaroid photographs from the Meadows Museum of American Art at Centenary College of Louisiana.

“Screen Prints & Snapshots” showcases several distinct bodies of work from the later career of Warhol, notably the silkscreen prints from the 1986 “Cowboys and Indians” he completed shortly before his death, spotlighting such iconic subjects as John Wayne, Teddy Roosevelt and Geronimo; his 1981 Myths series, featuring touchstones of American pop culture including Mickey Mouse, Howdy Doody and Superman; and selections from his “Flash,” “Flowers” and “Television” series. Rounding out the exhibition are a selection of Polaroids and silver gelatin prints, shot from 1958 until Warhol’s 1987 death and offering insight into his intimate relationship with his celebrity friends – Dolly Parton, Jack Nicklaus and Pia Zadora among them.

General exhibition admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors. Admission is free for TMA members, students, children under 12, Tyler Junior College faculty/staff and City of Tyler employees. Regular Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays and major holidays). For information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit http://www.tylermuseum.org

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