Press for Taste of Henry

38 area restaurants showcased at Taste of Henry
Published by The Henry Times
April 2012

Henry Countians went out to dinner en masse last Friday night at the 11th Annual Taste of Henry. With 38 restaurants from which to sample, attendees had their pick of items.

Ida Hill of Dre & Ida’s Meals to Go, in McDonough serves some of
their home cooking to a guest at last Friday’s Taste of Henry.
Photo by Nick Vassy

The annual event, held at the Jason T. Harper arena, is a major fundraiser for A Friend’s House, a local home for abused, neglected and abandoned Henry County kids.

According to Nan Jenkins, Director of Development at A Friend’s House, there were around 1400 people attending and the event raised an estimated $30,000.

“With ... everything from hotdogs, to cupcakes, to tacos and ice cream … if you left hungry … it was your own fault. It was a great night where the community came together to support our home for children in crisis. We appreciate the restaurants for giving of their time and food and those that sponsored the event. My favorite comment on the comment cards: What did you like best: Everyone was so friendly! We hope that 2013 will be bigger and better than ever.”

Each year participants compete for special prizes. The trio of Jailhouse Brewery, Hayden Grove Farms and Chef Jeffrey Bell once again have People's Choice 1st Place bragging rights for the year. Best Presentation 1st Place went to Incredible Southern Poundcakes. Bliss was not only voted Best Sweets 1st Place, but also took home Kid’s Choice. Best Rookie 1st Place was El Agave.

To learn more about A Friend’s House, visit their website at

A Taste of Henry set for April 20
The Henry Times
Published April 2012

By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor

Henry County is home to hundreds of restaurants featuring everything from fine dining to down-home, stick-to-your-ribs fare and what better place to have the opportunity to try a variety of Henry County’s finest food than A Taste of Henry, this year to be held on Friday, April 20 at the Jason Harper Event Center in McDonough.

The 2011 Taste of Henry raised $25,000 for A Friend’s House,
Henry County’s home for children in crisis.
Photo by Nick Vassy

Now in its 11th year, A Taste of Henry is expected to feature more than 20 restaurants, caterers, and other epicurean experts who will whip up their culinary magic, all to benefit Henry County’s A Friend’s House. The annual food tasting event continues to grow in popularity and is also one of two major fundraisers for A Friend’s House, which is a local home for abused, neglected and abandoned children.

A Taste of Henry is the signature fundraiser for A Friends House and last year nearly 1,400 people attended and the event raised $25,000. Nan Jenkins, event organizer and Development Director for the charity said that she is hoping to top last year.

“It’s always our goal to do as well or better than the previous year,” she said.

This year there are twenty sponsors underwriting the gastronomic gala, with Piedmont Henry Hospital as the presenting sponsor.

“Having these sponsors is wonderful because that means that one hundred percent of the gate proceeds will go directly to help the children of Henry County,” said Jenkins.

According to Jenkins, area restaurants are not compensated for participating and sponsorships help pay for the event. She said that A Friend’s House currently provides care for 18 children, and has the capacity to care for up to 24 children. “It’s a great way not only to experience the best food that Henry County has to offer and leave full and happy, but to help children in need as well,” said Jenkins. “It’s a win-win.”

A Taste of Henry is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jason T. Harper Event Center at Heritage Park. Admittance is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors age 65 and older and $5 for children age 3 to12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Moye’s Pharmacies in McDonough and Stockbridge or at A Friend’s House located at 111 Henry Parkway in McDonough. For more information, contact Jenkins at 678-432-1630 or visit

"Taste of Henry Hits Record High"

Henry Daily Herald
Published April 25, 2007
By Johnny Jackson

Organizers of the Sixth Annual Taste of Henry fundraiser say this year's event raised a record $30,000. This is more than twice the amount raised last year.

It was estimated that approximately 1,500 turned out to the event Friday evening in support of A Friend's House, Henry County's emergency shelter for abused and neglected children.

The amounts exceeded the expected 1,000 patrons and $20,000 in ticket sales, said Beau Kelley, chairman of Taste of Henry.

"To me, it was just really unbelievable," he said. "We didn't expect that many people to come out. But we hope this event will grow every year. We look forward to Taste of Henry 2008."

One hundred percent of the money raised will go to the children's shelter. The Seventh Annual Taste of Henry is scheduled for April 25, 2008.

Henry County Commission Proclaims April 20 "A Friend’s House Day"
Article courtesy of Henry County Government Website

Published April 6, 2007

The Henry County Board of Commissioners presents a Proclamation
in Honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month to Taste of Henry
Chairman Beau Kelley. The Board also designated April 20 as A Friend’s
House Day, the date of which coincides with Taste of Henry, a Benefit for
A Friend’s House to be held at Avalon Park.
Photo by Julie Hoover-Ernst

The Henry County Board of Commissioners proclaimed April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in Henry County and designated Friday, April 20, 2007 as A Friend’s House Day. The action came at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday.

The proclamation was given as a way to encourage citizens to come together and take action to help prevent child abuse and reach out to these children in our own community. It also highlighted the care provided by A Friend’s House, Henry County’s emergency shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned children, which houses hundreds of children each year.

As part of the presentation, the Board encouraged citizens to attend Taste of Henry, a special event for which all proceeds will benefit A Friend’s House. This fun family outing is an outstanding opportunity to taste all kinds of culinary creations from the areas best restaurants – all in one place. And patrons can feel good about all that indulgence because it will raise money for this very worthy cause.

Taste of Henry will take place on Friday, April 20, 2007 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Avalon Park located at 1045 Industrial Parkway in McDonough. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (60+), $5 for children 3-12. For tickets, please call 678.432.1518. For more information, please visit

"Taste of Henry offers flavorful fun"

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published March 22, 2007
By Gina Simpson

Taste of Henry will be held this year on April 20. Taste of Henry is an evening of fun and fabulous food in which patrons can enjoy creations from more than 20 of the area's best restaurants, while helping to raise money for A Friend's House, Henry County's emergency shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned children.

Taste of Henry will be held at the covered pavilion at Avalon Park in McDonough from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors age 60-plus and $5 for children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. The event will include a children's play area with a clown and other fun activities. Tickets will be sold at the event for the same price.

For more information, go to or call 678-432-1518.

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