Vanessa Smith, owner of Night Owl Bakery in Marinette, will be one of the businesses participating in the Taste of the Town event Friday at Riverside Country Club in Menominee. <br>EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Vanessa Smith, owner of Night Owl Bakery in Marinette, will be one of the businesses participating in the Taste of the Town event Friday at Riverside Country Club in Menominee.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
MENOMINEE - Need a break from the winter blahs? Try something different at the 12th annual Taste of the Town event Friday at Riverside Country Club.

Whether it's hors d'oeurves or an entrée from a local restaurant, cupcakes or cakes from an area bakery or a new wine or distilled spirit from local wineries - the evening will offer the opportunity to taste, sample and enjoy.

Taste of the Town is an annual event to raise money for the Twin Counties Free Clinic, which provides services for the uninsured and underinsured residents of Marinette and Menominee counties. Even with the coming of the Affordable Care Act, there will still be a need for the free clinic, said director Marilyn Lawson.

Along with food and drink, those attending the event Friday can participate in individual bucket raffles, a silent auction and a "Wheel of Fun," where people can pay $20 to spin a prize wheel.

According to Trisha France, resource development coordinator, the bucket raffles will include theme baskets, such as a camping basket, a movie night and a dining out basket.

Some of the silent auction prizes include stays at vacation homes in Florida (three) and one in Hawaii; golf packages; a Door County weekend get-away; Milwaukee Brewers' tickets; Lloyd Flanders furniture; quilts; and gift certificates for dining and services.

Entry to the event, which starts at 6 p.m. at Riverside, costs $25 per person in advance and $30 per person at the door. People may purchase tickets at the Marinette Menominee Chamber of Commerce, both Angeli Foods location and at the Bay Area Medical Center Finance Building, where the Twin Counties Free Clinic office is located.

Area businesses participating in this year's event include:
- Angeli Foods - Crab cakes, Fontanini meatballs
- BAMC Dietary Department - Buffalo chicken dip, spinach artichoke dip
- Finishing Touches Wedding Cakes - Raspberry almond cake
- Forgotten Fire Winery - Assorted wines
- Night Owl Bakery - Lavender mini-cupcakes, mini-Napoleons
- Perkins - Chicken pot pie with a homemade crust, chocolate peanut butter muffins
- Riverside Country Club - Haystack onion rings
- Sassy Little Cupcake - Chocolate Irish cupcakes
- Schloegel's - Applewood salmon
- The Serving Spoon - Indian tacos
- Northwoods Distillery - Heath rum