The 37th Annual Taste of the Town

The 37th Annual Taste of the Town Image

Join The Salvation Army for a wonderful evening of food and fellowship in support of The Good Samaritan Health Clinic on Friday, April 28th, 2023, at the Hilton Hotel Mayo Clinic Area. 

This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Nandan Anavekar, of Mayo Clinic Cardiology. 

Born and raised in Melbourne Australia, Dr. Anavekar grew up in a very nurturing and close family environment. He left home at the age of 17 to pursue Medical Studies in Dublin, Ireland, and pursued his post graduate medical training in the USA. He completed his Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases in 2011, and has been a general cardiologist in the cardiac intensive care unit with an imaging subspecialty since that time. 

Dr. Anavekar started volunteering at The Salvation Army's Good Samaritan Health Clinic in 2018, and he believes his greatest journey has been the inward journey of self discovery as a student in human philosophy, engagement, and service, of which The Good Sam has been his greatest teacher.

This event's menu, was created with the theme, "All Around the World." Every dish in this year's menu has been inspired by a different country or region of the world. 


Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Elote Style Sauteed Shrimp with Avocado Crema

Tuscan Cheese Truffles with Chopped Pistachios


Cantaloupe and Mozzarella Caprese Salad Over Fresh Greens

Fresh Baked Focaccia


Indian Spiced Bone In Chicken Thighs

Vegetable Stir Fry with Cruchie Noodles (Vegetarian)

Colcannon Potatoes

Chinese Garlic Broccolini


Baked Pavlova Topped with Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries

Baked Orange Scented Chocolate Pots de Crème

Sponsorship opportunities and table reservations are now available. The Salvation Army would like to extent special thanks to Mayo Clinic for their title sponsorship of this event, Rochester Chevrolet, Olmsted Medical Center, and Cardinal of Minnesota for their Gold Sponsorships, J. Powers at the Hilton, Think Bank for their Silver Sponsorship, and Grinde & Dicke Law Firm P.A., the Rochester Area Foundation, LRS Recycles, ONB Bank, Edina Realty, Nuss Truck and Equipment, Elcor Construction, Family Dentist Tree, and Home Federal Bank for their Bronze Sponsorships.

Please contact Rebecca Snapp at or 507-288-3663 with any questions about this event.