This year’s Taste of the Town couldn’t have tasted better.

Hundreds turned out Tuesday as New Braunfels Independent School District Education Foundation’s ninth annual Taste of the Town served up samples of local food and drinks to patrons who packed into the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center.

“We had over 650 people in attendance and raised more than $75,000,” said Reagan Parks, NBEF executive director. “We had a great turnout with 39 establishments participating in this year’s event.

“We would like to thank our new participants, as well as those that have been with us year after year in providing scrumptious bite-sized tastes to all of our patrons.”

The event, co-sponsored this year by True Blue contributor ($5,000) Hill Country Tech Guys, is the NBEF’s top annual fundraiser. Founded in 1999, the nonprofit has distributed more than $525,000 in grants and supplemental funding for NBISD teachers and classrooms since 2001. 

For between $75 and $85, attendees sampled fares from participating venues while enjoying selections by New Braunfels High School’s Jazz Band and School of Rock and contributed more through raffles and silent auctions throughout the evening.

Gold sponsors ($2,500) were H-E-B, Martin Marietta, McKenna Foundation, Stantec Architecture, MVBA Law Group, and Valero Energy Corp.

Samplings of food and drinks were offered by 2Rivers Coffeehouse, 2tarts Bakery, 7 Monks Café – Comics and Games, Alpine Haus, Black’s Barbecue, Box Street Social Catering, Buffalo Wings & Rings, Capitol Wright Distributing, Clear Springs Catering and Decorating, Cravings, Double Schotts Sports Bar and Grill, DownTowner Bar and Kitchen, Dry Comal Creek Wineryand Vineyards, Freebirds World Burrito, Freiheit Country Store, Fresh Healthy Café, Granzin’s Bar-B-Q, H-E-B, Huisache Grill and Wine Bar, Krause’s Café and Biergarten, and Las Fontana’s Mexican Kitchen.

Also featured were Montana Mike’s Steakhouse, Muck and Fuss Craft Beer and Burgers, New Braunfels Brewing Company, New Braunfels Smokehouse, On the Grind, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Pokey O’s Cookies and Ice Cream, Popbelly’s Popcorn, Rhea’s Ice Cream, Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q, Sweet Dreams Bakery, Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater, Texas Bistro, Tin Top Burgers and Beer, Tipsy Cow Ice Cream, Tri-City Distributors and Water 2 Wine.

“We’re very thankful for the support of our sponsors and individuals in the community for helping raise funds that will become grants benefiting NBISD teachers and students,” Parks said. “A special thank-you goes to the Education Foundation Board and all of our volunteers who helped make this event another success.

“We’re already looking forward to next year, which will be our 10th anniversary,” she added. “So save the date for the first week of February.”

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