Taste of the Triangle returns Feb. 28

Carlo Busceme III

It’s a Fat Tuesday celebration like no other. The long-standing tradition of Taste of the Triangle will celebrate 34 years on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center.

Fat Tuesday is a day synonymous with food and festivity, and Southeast Texas’ premier foodie fest and fundraiser will have everything your belly desires. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Beaumont Civic Center box office at 701 Main St. in downtown.

The Taste of the Triangle raises more than $40,000 for scholarships for area students who represent the future of the food service industry and for charitable organizations. Much of the funds raised at the event each year are used to purchase livestock at the Southeast Texas State Fair. The meat is processed and distributed to local nonprofits who feed people such as the Southeast Texas Food Bank, as well as Girls’ Haven and Boys’ Haven 

“This year’s event will feature the return of dozens of taste-goers’ favorite eateries, as well as a few new restaurants offering both savory and sweet treats, such as custom-made flash frozen ice cream,” said Monica Roberts, SARA board member and Taste Committee chairperson.

Some of the restaurants that will be have your mouth watering including Republic Chicken, Pei Wei, Cheddar’s, the Rodair Roadhouse, Lupe Tortilla, McAlister’s Deli, Sweet Basil, Jason’s Deli, Twin Peaks, J Wilson’s, For the Love of Foods, Anna’s Bakery, Suga’s, Chaba Thai Bistro, Moncla’s and more, plus beer, wine and soft drinks.

Texas Coffee Company, a Southeast Texas icon, plans to serve up Seaport Coffee, which has been named the official coffee of Texas by the state legislature. But this year, more than just their well-respected perk will be bringing rave reviews. As the 2017 honoree, the company’s president, Carlo Busceme III, along with family members Joseph Fertitta and Donald Fertitta, will also receive accolades for their valuable contributions to both SARA and the community

“For 96 years, Texas Coffee Company has provided Southeast Texas with consistent employment opportunities and quality local products that showcase great innovation,” said SARA President Jay Jenkinson.

Busceme said he looks forward to the Taste of the Triangle all year long.

“It brings the restaurant industry in front of the community in such a positive light,” said Busceme. “Plus, since there is so much to sample, it’s the perfect way to set your taste buds to dining plans for the next year.

When his family is not out enjoying a great meal from a local eatery, Busceme explained you might find them sharing a meal prepared by his brother-in-law, Steve Lyle, who he named as the family’s best cook.

“There is always a lot of food and a lot of people when my family eats,” he said. “No matter who walks in, they will get something to eat. Something for everyone, just like the Taste of the Triangle.”

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Though food will get most of the attention, the entertainment will be A-plus when award-winning Blues musician Mike Zito takes the stage. Zito has a huge local following, and his latest album is titled Make Blues Not War.