Try 30 Pasadena restaurants, plus dishes from high school chefs at Taste of the Town

You might consider eating light during the day on Nov. 3 if you plan to drop by the annual Taste of the Town at the Pasadena Convention Center later.

From 5-9 p.m. that day, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce event promises to treat attendees to an assortment of 30 restaurants with stations at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are admitted free. To order tickets, go to or call 281-487-7871.

Among the restaurants expected to participate are new entrants such as Pipeline Grill and Waffle House. Many veteran participants will also be present, such as Casa Olé, Chick-fil-A, Applebee’s, Texas Roadhouse, Savannah Cafe & Bakery, Pei Wei and Kolache Factory.

High School Culinary Departments Competing

But bragging rights are no longer limited to restaurants. Culinary departments from four area high schools — Sam Rayburn, Pasadena, Pasadena Memorial, and Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School — fought their way into the competition.

“We actually added an award this year just for them,” said Erin Webb, vice president of the chamber. “It’s going to be cool because there’s going to be bragging rights. These kids, they’re going out to win.”

What: The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of the City on Nov. 3 will feature dishes from 30 restaurants and students from culinary programs at four area high schools. An auction, trade show and seller’s market will also be included.

When: 5-9 p.m. Thursday Nov 3

Where: Pasadena Convention Center, 77902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena

Cost, information: Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are admitted free. To order tickets, go to or call 281-487-7871.

She noted that Sam Rayburn won in a few categories last year.

“They won the public’s grand prize, so they even beat some restaurants,” Webb said.

Taste of the Town will offer activities inside and outside the convention center, following the pattern of last year’s event. The pandemic can be credited for the outdoor portion, as in 2020 the event took place entirely outdoors.

“Then last year we thought about integrating a little outdoors and indoors with a live band,” Webb said. “This year, we’re going to keep the outdoor portion so we can give some exposure to our local businesses. Because we attract such a large audience, we want to provide that exposure to our small businesses.”

The outdoor part of the event will include a trade show and a vendor’s market.

About 3,000 visitors flocked to the convention center in 2021, Webb said.

Auction a highlight of the event

No taste of the city would be complete without an upstairs auction at the convention center.

“We have about 32 articles right now,” Webb said. “This year’s theme is ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’. So we want our guests to dress up in boots and a cowboy hat. Probably one of our coolest packages will be a getaway majestic in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. Our good friends at Pinnacle, the CEO, donated the prize. It’s actually a retreat and it’s one of the retirement homes.”

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