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Food: an introduction to Woodbury

A wide variety of options was absolutely crucial when Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce event manager Amanda Roseth and the rest of her team picked vendors for this year's Woodbury Community Expo.

They appear to have accomplished the goal with seven confirmed vendors scheduled to attend the Woodbury Community Expo -- with two more potential vendors in the works.

"It's great for the people coming through to have so many options," Roseth said. "We know that everyone has different preference when it comes that. So we wanted to make sure to focus on that."

Roseth listed Ronnally's Pizza, The Tavern Grill, Ze's Diner, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Noodles & Company, Famous Dave’s, and Dorothy Ann Bakery and Cafe as the confirmed vendors as of Feb. 18.

The vendors will serve the following items:

- a variety pizza slices and tiramisu (Ronnally’s);

- chopped salad, bruschetta, and key lime pie (The Tavern);

- gyro sandwiches served with homemade chips (Ze’s Diner);

- a variety of submarine sandwiches (Jersey Mike’s);

- macaroni and cheese (Noodles & Company);

- pork sandwich served with chips, coleslaw, and baked beans (Famous Dave’s);

- and doughnuts, cookies, and cupcakes (Dorothy Ann).

The process of booking vendors for the event isn't too troublesome, Roseth said.

"We send the info out and, for the most part, businesses sign on because they know the reputation of the Woodbury Community Expo," she said.

It's a good chance for businesses to introduce their items to a new base of customers without having to compete with the other businesses at the event.

"We make one item exclusive for each vendor," Roseth said. "That way they aren't competing against one another. It makes sure the event is good for everyone involved."

There has been a change this year. In the years past the vendors have been instructed to bring an item to sell as well as an item to sample. That's no longer the case.

"It's just food for sale this year," Roseth said. "We changed it to be more consistent with other events like this. We also want it to be something that is successful for the vendors and that's not always the case with free samples."

IF YOU GO

The 2016 Woodbury Community Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at East Ridge High School, 4125 Radio Drive, Woodbury. The event, which is free and open to all, will include booths for more than 175 local businesses and restaurants, activities for kids, entertainment and opportunities to win cash and gift cards.

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