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Thousands Come Out To "Taste of Downtown" in Carson City

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Thousands of people came to the 20th annual "Taste of Downtown" in Carson City to try the culinary delights of dozens of restaurants in the area Saturday evening.

It was a foodie's dream down there as people packed the downtown streets and sampled dozens of entrees for a very important cause: the Advocates to End Domestic Violence.

"Since we have the largest shelter in northern Nevada for victims and their children, we have a lot of expenses with that," said Lisa Lee, Executive Director of the organization. "A lot of it goes toward our utility cost and our food cost for the year. So, while you're eating here, the money you're spending while eating here tonight will help the clients in our shelter eat for the rest of the year."

The funds raised from Saturday's event also helps the group with other needs.

"This event provides unearmarked funds for our shelter, which allows us to do things grants don't provide for services," said Terri Farnworth, Office Manager with the Advocates to End Domestic Violence. "We can provide them with gas cards. We can provide them with prescription medications. We can provide them with anything: shelter, food and utilities."

44 restaurants served food across 13 blocks of the downtown Carson area. That's the most  this event has ever seen.

"In the first hour, we already fed a thousand people," said Scott Doerr, the owner of Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint.

But, it didn't just end at the diverse cuisine, there were also a number of shops, along with live bands that performed.

I talked to restaurant officials who say they love doing this event year after year.

"This particular event brings out the best in people," Doerr said. "It's a family event."

"I love the fact that everybody's joining together for this beautiful cause," said Shelby Hughes, Food and Beverage Manager with the Casino Fandango.

Some of the locals who came out believe more needs to be done to help victims of domestic violence.

"Domestic violence is way underreported," said Jessica Roew of Carson City. "There's not enough people getting help, and there's probably not enough services here. So, any money that they can get is fantastic.

Organizers hope to raise about $50,000 from this year's event.

People who came out also got a chance to vote for their favorites of the night:

Best Overall- Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint
Best Atmosphere- Jimmy G's
Best Taste- The Basil Restaurant
Best Overall- Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint
Best Discovery- Centro Market
Best Shop- Artsy Fartsy
Best Band- Hired Gunz

Written by Adam Varahachaikol
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