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Wanda and Donnell Thompson will open their home on June 28 for Main Street’s Taste of Rutherford fundrasier. Photo courtesy of Aaron Thompson
Wanda and Donnell Thompson will open their home on June 28 for Main Street’s Taste of Rutherford fundrasier. Photo courtesy of Aaron Thompson
Wanda and Donnell Thompson will open their home on June 28 for Main Street’s Taste of Rutherford fundrasier. Photo courtesy of Aaron Thompson
Wanda and Donnell Thompson will open their home on June 28 for Main Street’s Taste of Rutherford fundrasier. Photo courtesy of Aaron Thompson

Main Street’s premier fundraiser, A Taste of Rutherford, is set to take place on June 28 at The Blue Porch, the home of Wanda and Donnell Thompson in Readyville.

The annual event is no doubt the largest fundraiser for Main Street Murfreesboro/Rutherford County, the organization that keeps downtown the vibrant hub that it is today.

Main Street Director Kathleen Herzog says the event is different than all of the other signature events such as JazzFest, Saturday Market and Friday Night Live in the fact that Taste of Rutherford is strictly a fund raising party while the aforementioned events are key promotions for Downtown Murfreesboro.

“When this party started, we didn’t have as many charity functions as we do now,” Herzog added.

With that in mind, the event is vital to the organization as it depends on community support.

As for the venue, The Blue Porch owner Wanda Thompson is delighted about the notion of Main Street hosting the party at her location.

“We are excited about the fact that we can showcase a different side of our food,” she said.

Thompson says she will have some entrees that will be “very edgy” and will also debut two new Short Mountain Distillery cocktails at the patron’s party.

The Thompson’s house was built in 2006 as it was first a bed and breakfast but later became their home. With the success of their restaurant at The Arts Center of Cannon County and its commitments, the Thompsons stopped the bed and breakfast portion this past January.

Thompson says the house is a 1910 craftsman cottage, which they built themselves.

“It was built to look like an old house, but with modern touches,” she added.

Along with The Blue Porch, other food vendors include Maple Street Grill, Five Senses, Chuy’s, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, The Parthenon, The Hamery, Slick Pig, Marina’s On the Square, Reveille Joe Coffee Co., Boro Town Cakes and Alex Belew Catering.

Casual Exchange will provide live music for the evening as well.

The event will take place on June 28 from 7-10 p.m. Reservations may be made by phone at (615) 895-1887 or email at kbherzog@bellsouth.net.

For more information on Main Street, visit http://www.downtownmurfreesboro.com.

 
 
 
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