Recent highlights: January events in The Woodlands area included Taste of the Town, I-45 dedication

Zanti Cucina Italiana, which opened in 2019 on Research Forest Drive, prepared samples of Italian cuisine at Taste of the Town. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Zanti Cucina Italiana, which opened in 2019 on Research Forest Drive, prepared samples of Italian cuisine at Taste of the Town. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Zanti Cucina Italiana, which opened in 2019 on Research Forest Drive, prepared samples of Italian cuisine at Taste of the Town. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Goode Company Kitchen and Cantina prepared barbecue dishes at the fourth annual Taste of the Town Jan. 16 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Steel Vibrations steel drum band played for event attendees at the center of the showroom floor as Taste of the Town kicked off. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Representatives from Babin’s Seafood House in Shenandoah served up plates of the rice-based dish jambalaya at their themed booth at the Taste of the Town event. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Killen's Steakhouse, which opened in Shenandoah in 2019, served samples of steak from their local menu. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A panel of judges reviewed several categories of food submitted by local restaurants for competition, such as appetizers, entrees and desserts. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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J.J. Hollie, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce president (center) is flanked by local officials at a dedication ceremony on I-45 Jan. 17. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
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U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady talked about the legacy of The Woodlands founder George P. Mitchell at the dedication ceremony. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Woodlands Development Co. Co-President Alex Sutton spoke at the event, where a portion of I-45 was named for George P. Mitchell. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
The 34th annual Taste of the Town event sponsored by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce was held Jan. 16 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Each year, the event gathers representatives from more than 40 restaurants in The Woodlands and the Greater Houston area and provides samples of food and wine for attendees. Also in January, a portion of I-45 was dedicated to The Woodlands founder George P. Mitchell.


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By Vanessa Holt

A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.


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