Photos By Sandra Small Photographer.

On June 11th, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosted the 10th Annual “Taste of La Mesa.” Hundreds of guests strolled through both sides of the La Mesa Community Center, with food displays and sponsors staged throughout the entire facility. People could eat their hearts out from over 25 restaurants, coffee stations and caterers, while sipping wines from seven different wineries/wine partners, as well as enjoy a cold beer from premier beer sponsor, Samuel Adams. As guests entered, they were tantalized by the aroma of the grills preparing freshly-grilled sliders from The Hills Local Pub, savoring the smell of fresh braised short ribs, sausages, foods from around the world and delectable desserts, including ice cream sundaes. VIP ticket holders entering at 5 p.m. were afforded an “up close and personal” visit with the restaurants and vendors as they walked around the rooms and filled their plates with their first samplings of delicious foods. At 6 p.m. the General Admission ticket holders joined the crowd and the party rocked on! All ticket holders could visit the restaurants of their choice, as many times as they wished – no limit on their visits – making this a unique tasting experience. Just when people thought they had their fill, they were tempted to try samples of tasty desserts like fresh apple pies, peach cobbler, chocolate bacon cake and of course – new to the Taste this year – ice cream sundaes. These fabulous desserts completed the evening.

There is nothing better than the winning combination of putting great people together in an interactive setting, with good conversation and then adding delicious food – this makes for a winning recipe and made the 10th Annual Taste of La Mesa, the true “feast in the east.”

We would like to thank the following food and beverage providers who took part in this year’s “Taste” and “ignited” the evening with their delicious samplings that delighted our guests:

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
Blue Lagoon Coffee
Bo-beau kitchen + garden
Brew Coffee Spot
Brigantine Restaurant of La Mesa
Cali Comfort BBQ
Continental Catering
Cucina Basilico
Curbside Eatery & Drinkery
Dream Dinners
Edible Arrangements
El Torito – La Mesa
Farmer’s Table
Golden Spoon
Himalayan Cuisine
Hooleys Public House
Luna Grill
Marie Callender’s
Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano
Pick Up Stix
Red Lobster
Riviera Supper Club
Samuel Adams
San Pasqual Winery
Sycuan Casino
Tarantino Gourmet Sausages
Terra American Bistro
The Hills Local Pub
Valley Farm Market
We are grateful to our evening sponsors – they were the “flame” that made the evening a success:
Presenting Sponsor:
Sycuan Casino
Supporting Sponsors:
Barona Resort & Casino
SDG&E
Crème De La Crème Sponsors:
American Medical Response
Kirk Paving, Inc.
Mission Federal Credit Union
Virginia Napierskie
Gourmet Sponsors:
AT&T
Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World
Bon Appétit Sponsors:
California Coast Credit Union – La Mesa
Erickson – Anderson Mortuary
Lily’s Manufactured Homes
Orangetheory Fitness La Mesa
San Diego County Credit Union – La Mesa
San Diego Eye Professionals
The Kitzman Family
Total Thermal Imaging
USE Credit Union
Printing Sponsor:
AAA Imaging
Community Relations Media Sponsor:
The East County Herald
Video Media Partner:
Community Spectrum
Graphics Sponsor:
Kostedt Design & Marketing
Photography Sponsor:
Sandra Small Photographer
Security Sponsor:
Global Protection Group
Banner Sponsor:
Mr. Neon
Linen Sponsor:
Royal Florist Design
Shuttle Sponsor:
Advanced Shuttle Services, LLC.
Specialty Sponsor:
Courtesy TV – Sales & Service
Audio/Sound Sponsor:
Studio M.I.F.
Social Media Sponsor:
Studio M.I.F.
Taste Supporter:
La Mesa Summit Estates
Beverage Sponsors:
Cali Comfort BBQ
Curbside Eatery & Drinkery
Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano
Riviera Supper Club
Samuel Adams
San Pasqual Winery
Sycuan Casino
Valley Farm Market

Watch the video of our 2018 Taste, made by Community Spectrum!