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Festival of Flavors offers culinary treats

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The fifth annual Festival of Flavors, sponsored by the Monett Chamber of Commerce, will be held Thursday at St. Lawrence Catholic School gym. Cindy Stephens, at left, event chairperson, holds a copy of the chamber's cookbook of vintage recipes, which will be available for sale at the dinner. Regina Bowsher, at right, has been the top ticket seller to date for the festival. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Tomorrow night will be the fifth annual Monett Chamber of Commerce's Festival of Flavors, a culinary treat giving local restaurants, food industry providers and area retailers a chance to show off their specialties.

The event will be held at the St. Lawrence Catholic School gymnasium at Seventh and Cale Street. Parking is available across the street and around the block.

Tickets are $12. Cindy Stephens, event chairperson, reported more than 200 tickets were already sold. A maximum of 300 tickets are available.

Tickets can be purchased from the chamber office at 200 E. Broadway, UMB Bank, Connoisseurs at the Old Towne Mall, Mailboxes and More at Kyler Corners or from chamber board members. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door and have been in short supply in the past.

Nineteen vendors will be offering items from their daily menus and specialties for the hoidays. Diners will get to sample brisket, chicken Alfredo, chicken tenders, beef and chicken enchiladas, home style chicken noodle soup, meatloaf, chicken toes with sauce, chicken salad, steakhouse chili, peel and eat shrimp, Baby Bleu and bucket salads, Greek pasta, assorted pizzas, barbecued shrimp and gourmet sandwiches.

A wide range of desserts will be available as well, including snickerdoodles, harvest apple cake, carrot cake, blackberry cobbler and New Orleans bread pudding with rum. A number of vendors will have a wide range of appetizers and specialty drinks.

Vendors that will be participating in the Festival of Flavors include: Alice and Irene's restaurant from Marionville; the Blackbird Grill from Aurora; Camp Barnabas cafeteria; Connoisseurs; Denali Dreams; Freda Mae's Lunch bucket; Grant's restaurant, International Dehydrated Foods; Kaffé Metropolitan from Aurora; Maggie Mae's Tea Room from Miller; Mailboxes and More; Mazzio's; Mocha Jo's; Monett Lions Club with their apple butter; Red Barn Café and Hen House Bakery in Mt. Vernon; Southern Missouri Beekeepers of Monett; the culinary arts class from the Southwest Area Career Center; the Bayou; and Walmart. A late addition will be Race Brothers, cooking on a specialty grill available at the Monett store.

The Monett High School Jazz Band will provide entertainment. Decorations will be provided by Wickman Gardens.

Doors open promptly at 6 p.m. Serving will continue until 8 p.m.

"We're really excited. This will be a special night of fun," Stephens added.

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