Popular Annual Fundraising Event
Earmarked for MU Hospitality Management Scholarships
Something yummy is coming to mid-Missouri—and everyone in the area who enjoys good food and drink is invited.
It’s the 32nd annual Taste of Mid-Missouri, a special night featuring good food, drink, entertainment and interaction, hosted by the Mid-Missouri Restaurant Association (MMRA), a group whose members represent the majority of restaurants, cafés and bistros doing business in Columbia, Jefferson City and the Lake of the Ozarks.
When a happening of this magnitude reaches its fourth consecutive decade, you know you’ve got something truly eventful in your midst, and this year promises to be no exception. The celebration of Taste of Mid-Missouri number 32 will be held Monday, March 13, 2017 at the University Club of MU at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the University campus, at the corner of Tiger (formerly Maryland) and Conley Avenues. Doors will open at 5:30; park in the Turner Avenue garage across the street for this “all you can eat” affair.
Those new to this event—often referred to as “The Taste,” will find a significant number of mid-Missouri restaurants and beverage vendors scattered throughout the second floor of the MU Alumni Center, presenting their tasty products from individual booths, creating a special experience for guests and servers alike.
Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30 at the door. Members of the Voluntary Action Center, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and Meals on Wheels will be available to direct buyers to the site—with tickets also available at Schnucks and Hy-Vee grocers, and online at www.tasteofmidmissouri.com/tickets.
Proceeds go to create scholarships, which benefit students in the University of Missouri’s Hospitality Management program, and to promote food education at the high school level. In recent years, MMRA has presented over $170,000 to these fine programs.
The Missouri Restaurant Association, to which most Columbia and Mid-Missouri restaurants belong, administers to the needs of more than 1,300 members statewide, over 200 of which belong to MMRA. Its objectives are to enhance and improve member growth and development by assisting them in becoming more effective operators, and improving the political and social environment in which the industry conducts its business — for the benefit of patrons, employees, and communities served.