14th annual Taste of Douglas County hits the spot
Article and photos by Elizabeth Wood West
This year’s Taste of Douglas County provided an outstanding food sampling line-up from some of the very best local and area restaurants. A longtime favorite with food fans, the Taste of Douglas County was launched 14 years ago by Mike Boyle, the host of the “Restaurant Show” on News/Talk 710 KNUS radio and Comcast channel 8. Boyle said, “Fourteen years ago, I realized that Douglas County had a fine selection of restaurants and I decided to put on an event that would highlight many of those places to area residents. The event has grown into the finest in the country and gives people an inexpensive evening out while enjoying wonderful cuisine from many area restaurants and food service establishments.”
This year’s participants included Black-Eyed Pea, Casa Caliente Mexican Restaurant, Cold Stone Creamery, Crave Real Burgers, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Flying Horse Catering, India’s Castle, John Holly’s Asian Bistro, Mama Lisa’s Little Italy, Old Stone Church, Outback Steakhouse, Pegasus Restaurant, Southern Hospitality, Stumpy’s Pizza, The Donut House, The ViewHouse, and many others. Several of the restaurants’ chefs competed in a cook-off; the winning chef was Adam Friesem from Manna Restaurant at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. Judges included Douglas County Commissioner candidate and former Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas, Colorado Springs Gazette food editor Teresa Farney, and News/Talk 710 KNUS radio host Krista Kafer. Check out The Connection Food & Dining guide and support our local food and dining business partners.