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Taste of Main event to benefit children's charity Aug. 20
For Ahinsa Mansukhani, the annual Taste of Main charity event is all about the food.
How often does one get to eat at Bis on Main, Cantinetta, Monsoon East and 520 Bar & Grill all in one day? And for dessert? Try Amore Chocolates, Fran’s, and Cupcake Royale.
"That's a pretty great day," said Mansukhani, who created the event three years ago as a fundraiser for Children's Response Center, a nonprofit serving children who have survived abuse, crime and other traumatic events.
This year, Taste of Main is noon - 5 p.m., Aug. 20 on Main Street in Old Bellevue. A $40 passport for adults (suggested donation for children's entry), includes a swag bag of goodies, a sampling of food and drink from the various restaurants on Main Street and access to sales, giveaways, and wine tasting from local businesses.
Attendees will enjoy complimentary chair massages, pedicures, makeup applications, and salon services, as well as live music, and a silent auction.
New this year is a boat and classic car show, a "Kids for Kids" fundraiser where the Boys and Girls Club will host a car wash at the Chevron Station and donate the proceeds to the children's charity, and an expanded menu of offerings. Pagliacci Pizza, Tuscan Stone Pizza, Cupcake Royale, La Cocina Del Puerco, Belle Pastry, Bill the Butcher and Cantinetta join the roundup of participating restaurants.
Mansukhani says one thing people appreciate about Taste of Main, is that every penny of a $40 passport goes directly toward the nonprofit and helping children.
Highlighting Old Bellevue's charm and fine retailers, restaurants and businesses was also part of Mansukhani's vision in 2009, when she started the event as a less expensive, more accessible way for people to be philanthropic in a recession.
"[Old Bellevue is] a hidden gem on the Eastside," she said.
Pre-order passports by calling Children's Response Center at 425-688-5130, visit one of the retailers pre-selling passports, or purchase passports at the event. For more information, go to www.childrensresponsecenter.org.