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Prepare Your Tastebuds for Taste of Ferndale on Tuesday

The strolling-dinner event, held every year on Mardi Gras, will feature samplings from more than 15 restaurants across the city.

Whether you're new to the area or a regular Ferndale “foodie,” you'll want to save your appetite Tuesday for the Taste of Ferndale.

More than 15 restaurants from across the city will participate in the fourth annual Mardi Gras strolling dinner held by the Ferndale Community Foundation from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Boogie Fever Café, 22901 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.

The concept of the fundraiser is to showcase some of Ferndale’s most popular and diverse restaurants in one location, allowing attendees to sample selections from each venue. A silent auction and giving tree will also be featured, along with live music by Metro Jazz Voices.

“There are restaurants of many types and styles in Ferndale, and this event allows folks to sample all kinds of great fare from a variety of these popular destinations,” said Dan Martin, a Ferndale City Council member and past Community Foundation chair.

Greg Pawlica, current chair of the foundation, said the event has raised more than $8,000 in previous years when it was held at the now-closed Via Nove, and he said it could raise $10,000 to $12,000 this year, thanks to the bigger space at Boogie Fever.

All proceeds will benefit the Ferndale Community Foundation, which promotes and funds a variety of programs and organizations in the city, such as FernCare Free Health Clinic and Ferndale Youth Assistance.

“There are a lot of organizations in the city that are very small, and it's hard for them to raise money,” Pawlica said.

Tickets cost $32 and are available from foundation members, at the Downtown Development Authority, at Just For Us and on the foundation's website. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Contributions are tax-deductible.

An afterglow party will be held at Howe’s Bayou, 22848 Woodward Ave., beginning at 9 p.m.

For more information, visit ferndalecommunityfoundation.org or call 248-672-4067.

Participating restaurants

Anita's Kitchen
Apple Fritter
Assaggi Bistro
Chazzano Coffee
Christine's Cuisine
Como's
Dino's Lounge
The Emory
Garden Fresh Gourmet
Grab -N- Go Sushi
Howe's Bayou
MiChigo Pizza
Pete's Broadway Cafe
Rock City Pies
Rosie O'Grady's
Torino Espresso Bar
Treat Dreams

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