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A taste of what’s to come

First Southern National Bank holds Taste of the Taste event

By Anne Carmichael
For The Jessamine Journal

If you’ve noticed the blue and white tents and smelled food coming from First Southern National Bank’s parking lot around lunchtime this summer, but didn’t stop to check it out, you’re in luck – there are still two Friday food truck events left for you to find out what you’ve been missing.
The next two events will take place at 204 Fairfield Drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 and Oct. 4.
Residents are probably familiar with the annual Taste of Jessamine County that First Southern has hosted at the R.J. Corman Hangar for the past 22 years.
Those events have benefited over 75 charities. These Friday food truck events are called the “Taste of the Taste,” sharing a little more of what the annual event has to offer the community, and a preview of what is to come at next year’s event.
First Southern Community President Sam Lee said, “Taste of the Taste has been modeled after Taste of Jessamine. A portion of the proceeds from Taste of the Taste will go towards making the annual Taste of Jessamine County 2020 event even bigger and better.
Since July, we’ve had a food truck one Friday a month from one of the best restaurants in the area in our parking lot. Folks around town can come, buy their lunch, and sample some great dishes. These are the same restaurants and chefs who will be participating in next year’s Taste of Jessamine, so you’ll be getting a preview of what that event in 2020 will have to offer.”
Teller Alexis Stewart and her team have helped to organize Taste of the Taste this summer.
“So far this summer, the bank has hosted food trucks from Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill and Drakes,” Stewart said.
“The final two remaining food truck Friday events in the Taste of the Taste series will be on Sept. 27, when Red State BBQ will be serving up their delicious specialties, and the final Friday will be Oct. 4, when Pasture by Marksbury Farm will be cooking.”
Sam said the Taste of the Taste monthly events have been so popular, he hopes to offer the food trucks two Fridays per month next year.
Following the Taste of Jessamine County event this past May, First Southern National Bank presented checks totaling $25,200 to Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes, the Jessamine County Food Pantry and Lord’s Legacy Life Ministries, Inc.
Additionally, attendees bid on over 200 silent auction items, as well as four live auctions and two raffles at the annual event.
“This year was our most successful Taste of Jessamine County yet,” Lee said.
“We owe that in large part to the Jessamine County community and business leaders. We are looking forward to next year. I think that with the funds we’ve raised at Taste of the Taste this summer, we can meet and exceed our goals for 2020.”