Delicious, fresh and simple, was how Bonnie Black of Pikesville described the roast beef, fruit and shrimp offered by Thursday night during Taste of Pikesville.
"It was delicious. They are just presenting something very simple. The lox are to die for," the Pikesville resident said.
She and her husband, David, were among the hundreds of area residents who ventured to the for the event.
"I guess I was pretty excited about coming," David Black said. While he had already eaten at many of the 30-plus restaurants represented, he hadn't tried The Fresh Market or Island Quizine, one of Pikesville's newest restaurants.
At Island Quizine, owner Donovan Murphy and staff served up Caribbean fare, including chicken, fish and rice. The line was long to try their fare, unique for the Pikesville market.
Overall, though, the ballroom at the Hilton was packed. Still, there was plenty of food and drink—including beer, vodka and wines.
"It's so much more than I expected," said Marcy Gorman, chamber vice president and a member of the programming committee.
The committee has met for the past year to put together the event—a new one for the chamber.
"Until we saw the room as it was set up, you couldn't imagine ... (how successful it was going to be), she said.
Todd Brown, a past president, and member of the programming committee, said the turnout was "better" than they had expected—at more than 500 attendees.
Past President David Elkes said he was glad to see a longtime plan at the chamber come to such a successful fruition.
His wife, Nancy, brought the idea to him after seeing a similar event held by the , he said.
If you went to Taste of Pikesville, what was your favorite among the beer, wine or food? Any comments on th event itself?