By Morgan Bryce
Associate Editor

Samples from some of the area’s best food-and-beverage establishments will be available during the 6th annual “Taste of the Town” April 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Museum of East Alabama.
The annual event, which serves as a fundraiser for the museum, will feature food and drink samples, live music from Opelika musician Dallas Dorsey and a silent auction.
Following is a current list of restaurants and caterers participating: Acre, Amsterdam Cafe, Butcher Paper BBQ, Cafe 123, Chicken Salad Chick, Irish Bred Pub, Jefferson’s, La Cantina, Longhorn’s Steakhouse, Niffer’s Place, Outback Steakhouse, Southern Hospitality Catering, Sweet Malisa’s, Ursula’s Catering, Zazu Gastropub and Zoe’s Kitchen.
Beverages served during the event will include tastings from Warm Springs Winery and Hodges Winery, specialty coffee from Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium, cups of Toomer’s Lemonade and bottled soft drinks and water.
MEA Director Glenn Buxton said the event is not only a good way to promote the area’s culinary scene but continue the museum’s mission of preserving the pieces of East Alabama’s past for generations to come.
“We don’t charge any admission – we rely strictly off of donations of people that come to the museum. This fundraiser covers a good chunk of our operating expenses, and we wouldn’t be able to operate as much as we do without it,” Buxton said. “There’s a lot of items here that aren’t exactly valuable, but they don’t exist anymore, and I think that people come to see that.”
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at or at the museum on the day of the event. The museum is located at 121 S. 9th St. in downtown Opelika.
For more information, call 334-749-2751. Businesses sponsoring the event include: Alligare, Auburn Bank, East Alabama Medical Center, Glynn Smith, Henry J. Stern Family Foundation, J. Smith Lanier Co., the Opelika Observer and Smith T Building Supply.