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Taste of Mount Vernon a Big Hit

Area restaurants provide food for the masses.

Guests attending Supervisor Gerald Hyland's Annual Town Meeting Saturday, left with more than information. If they waited until after 1 p.m., they also left with a full stomach. Six restaurants and one bakery provided ample servings for attendees to choose and enjoy.

Most popular was Thai Herb, which provided more than just a taste. Attendees started lining up at 1 p.m., but the taste was delayed somewhat when the town meeting ran late. By the time they gave the word to start serving, there were probably 40 people waiting in line for Thai Herb.

There was plenty to go around. Manager Pat Thontavee and server Pinthong Boonruang, loaded plates filled with chicken satay, ginger ginger pork, pad thai, Masaman curry chicken and chicken larb.

Guests could also taste the pulled pork and chicken served on a roll by Derrick Gary from Red Hot & Blue. Then there were the fried chicken wings, Royale's crab meat wonton and barbecued chicken teriyaki. They were served by Richard Zhang and Jacqueline He from Hunan Royale and went quickly.

At the other end of the room, chamber members Jim and Peg Dunn, helped serve for Pema's Ristorante and Elsie's Magic Skillet. Pema's had tasty pasta with tomato sauce, while Elsie's provided several party trays. There was a vegetable platter, a fruit platter, platter of sandwiches and a couple of cakes. One of the cakes was made by Elsie herself.

Another chamber member, Dan Hamlin from ADT, served up the lasagna provided by Mike's Italian Restaurant. Not to be outdone, Fort Belvoir distributed MRE (Meals Ready to Eat). For dessert, guests enjoyed a variety of cakes from Hollin Hall Pastry Shop.