Valdosta Daily Times

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April 5, 2008

A Taste of Valdosta

VALDOSTA — Even a rainy night in Georgia could not stop the success of the 13th Annual Taste of Valdosta, presented by Quota International of Valdosta. Forty-eight Quota members and a host of gold, silver, and bronze sponsors presented Taste of Valdosta to provide community service for ACTO (Alzheimer’s Caregiver Time-out), Break Bread Together and Kids’ Chance of Georgia.

“This is a wonderful, fabulous event, and we are so blessed to benefit from it. Lots of food and fun for a good cause,” said Cheryl Oliver, Regional Advisor of Kids’ Chance of Georgia. Kids’ Chance of Georgia, established in 1988, strives to provide educational scholarships to the children of Georgia workers who have been seriously, catastrophically or fatally injured in work-related accidents.

ACTO provides time-out to caregivers and cares for memory-impaired clients, ensuring a real respite for caregivers during the time-out it provides.

Break Bread Together delivers hot, nutritionally balanced weekday meals to low-income senior citizens in Valdosta.

Participating vendors for Taste of Valdosta included the Atlanta Bread Company, Confetti Lace, Inc., Emma’s Fine Food Factory, Fox’s Pizza at Fun Street, Las Banderas Mexican Restaurant, Loco’s Grill and Pub, Luna Ristorante, Red Lobster, Red Velvet Bakery, Shoney’s, Sunset Farm Foods, The Flavor New Orleans and Two Scoops and Cafe.

With a lunch and dinner session Saturday, Quota served some 2,000 guests by the end of the day, said Quota’s Lynne Capece. The ladies of the Red Hat Society came out to enjoy the event. Commissioner Richard Lee also attended the event.

Emma’s Fine Food Factory opened in December, serving take-out. The business caters as well. The restaurant is named after the daughter of owners Jimmy and Sankie Hornbuckle. “Jimmy loves to and has always wanted to share his food with people,” said Sankie Hornbuckle, “Emma’s is bringing the family back to the dinner table.” Emma’s specializes in preparing homemade foods, packaged in single or family-sized servings, that are oven and microwave-safe.

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