304. Four Restaurants Receive TasteFest Voter’s Choice Awards

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Four local restaurants earned top prizes during this week’s annual Great Barrington Area TasteFest featuring a delicious menu of tastes from dozens of area purveyors of food and spirits. Throughout the night guests voted for their favorite foods in four categories including “Best Taste”, “Best Entrée”, “Best Dessert” and “Best Spirit” and we have the names of this year’s winners!

Great Barrington Area TasteFest 2014
Great Barrington Area TasteFest 2014

Hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, TasteFest was again held at the Chicago Marriott Northwest this year and hundreds of guests turned out to socialize while enjoying a sampling of local cuisine and spirits. At the end of the night, Chamber leaders announced the four winners who received the most votes of the evening. And the winners are…

Best Taste

Francesca’s Famiglia in Barrington for their Mushroom Ravioli

Francesca's Famiglia Wins TasteFest 2014 "Best Taste" Award
Francesca’s Famiglia Wins TasteFest 2014 “Best Taste” Award

Best Entrée

Mandiles Italian Restaurant in Algonquin for their Lasagna Rigatone with Vodka Sauce

Mandile's Italian Restaurant
Mandile’s Italian Restaurant Lasagna Rigatone with Vodka Sauce
Mandile's Restaurant Wins TasteFest 2014 Best Entrée Award
Mandile’s Restaurant Wins TasteFest 2014 Best Entrée Award

Best Dessert

Savory Salads for their Crack Brownies

Savory Salads Wins TasteFest 2014 "Best Dessert" Award
Savory Salads Wins TasteFest 2014 “Best Dessert” Award
Savory Salads' "Crack Brownies"
Savory Salads’ “Crack Brownies”

Best Spirits

Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant for wine


All of the dishes we sampled at TasteFest were so delicious and I highly recommend you find time to visit these participating restaurants.

Apple Villa Famous Pancake House & Restaurant * Brunch Café * Calibre Coffee * Chatterbox of Long Grove * Chicago Marriott Northwest * Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant * Copper Fiddle Distillery * Francesca’s Famiglia * Georgios Chicago Pizzeria of South Barrington * Great Harvest Bread Co. * Jennie and Vera’s Cookies * Lindy’s Restaurant and Marina * Mandile’s Italian Ristorante & Banquets * McGonigal’s Pub * Pinstripes * Savory Salads Inc. * Slyce Coal Fired Pizza * Tiburon Rum * Tilted Kilt Schaumburg

If you missed TasteFest 2014, we took photos to share a collection of snapshots from the evening.

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We’d like to say thanks to the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting another successful TasteFest, bringing us all together for a successful evening of tasting and networking our way through the restaurants of Barrington.  TasteFest is one of our favorite fall evenings of the season and this year’s event was a great success!

Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce - LogoAbout the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

Through the involvement of its nearly 900 Members, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization of businesses committed to advocating and supporting a vibrant economy for the Barrington region.

Since 1969, the Barrington Area Chamber has been facilitating collaboration among the unique communities of the Barrington area including Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, Port Barrington, South Barrington, Deer Park, Inverness, Kildeer, Long Grove and Tower Lakes.

To learn more about the Chamber’s mission and for the list of all Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce members, visit BarringtonChamber.com/list.

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