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Taste of Honey Brook returns to Harmony Day


By Matthew D’Ippolito, Editor@TriCountyRecord.com

Monday, September 9, 2013

Honey Brook residents can prepare their taste buds to find out what their community tastes like on Harmony Day.
A Taste of Honey Brook will return to Harmony Day for the second year. This time around, it will be held at the American Legion hall, 4820 Horseshoe Pike, and will feature six area eateries.
This year’s participants include Jerry’s Pizza, Little Anthony’s and Bistro on 10, as well as Heatherwood and Tel Hai Retirement Communities and Hickory House Nursing Home.
The event is an opportunity for restaurants from around Honey Brook to come together in one place on Harmony Day and provide samples to the public of their specialties. This year, event-goers will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $25 gift cards to the participating restaurants.
“It’s really to showcase the growth this town has experienced over the last five years to a decade, and to show how far this community has come along,” Chris Darmstaetter, Heatherwood’s chef and one of the Taste of Honeybrook chairs, said.
“We had over 200 people come to Taste of Honey Brook last year and we’re hoping to have the same results this year,” Heatherwood Sales Director Heather Goodno added. “It gets exposure for the restaurants, but it also connects them to the community.
Many of the participating restaurants are excited to interact with the community.
“They do a lot of community outreach and participate in a lot of events,” Janet Heinis, the Harmony Day chair, said of Jerry’s Pizza. “And they’re a business that will really go the extra mile for you.”
The staff at Bistro on 10 are also participating as a way to reach out to the community.
“The owner wants to be very community-oriented,” said Chef John Stanley. “We want the community to know we’re still here. They’re coming here to have dinner, why shouldn’t we give back?”
He added that the Bistro is also planning to start using local produce and participate in more community events.
Bistro on 10 will serve its signature house pulled-pork sandwiches topped with Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce. Stanley said he makes the pork himself, even brining it. They will also have samples of their specialty mushroom bisque, and will serve pulled-pork sandwiches with a bag of chips for $5 in the park and peanut butter and jelly clubs for the kids for $4.
Danny Stanford, of Little Anthony’s, is also interested in the community engagement – he already works with residents to make big orders for block parties and other big events. But he said he also got involved in Taste of Honey Brook out of curiosity. He said he wanted to try something different and see how it goes.
While he was still unsure of what exactly he’d make for the event as of press time, he hinted that the restaurant makes some really good bruschetta.