Keego to host A Taste of Keego Harbor, celebrate 60 years

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published August 26, 2015


KEEGO HARBOR — The Keego Harbor Parks and Recreation Commission will host the third annual A Taste of Keego Harbor at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at Santia Hall.

Adults are invited to join the commission in tasting appetizers, main dishes and desserts from 18 local restaurants, including Bachelor’s One, Bellacino’s, Bosko’s Coffee & Kitchen, Yard Bird and Paradise Cakes. This year, two new restaurants have been added to the list — Indo Indonesian Restaurant and Filo Fresh.

About four years ago, the Parks and Recreation Commission held a grub crawl, but because officials couldn’t line up enough restaurants to participate, the commission decided to hold A Taste of Keego Harbor, said Eleanor Girard, chair for the event. Since its inception, the event has pulled in 150-300 people annually.

“It just makes more sense, and the restaurants are really happy,” Girard said about A Taste of Keego Harbor. “Last year it got to the point where we had to close sales.”

Tables will be dressed in Keego Harbor colors, and in honor of the city’s 60th anniversary, the Parks and Recreation Commission will be wearing navy blue shirts with the city’s logo and “Keego 60 Years” on the sleeve so attendees know whom to speak with if assistance is needed.

City Manager Linda Voll said the 60th anniversary was in April, but “it’s nice we’re trying to roll that together” with A Taste of Keego Harbor.

“It’s a good way to check out all the different restaurants in the areas between Sylvan Lake, Waterford, West Bloomfield and Orchard Lake,” Voll said. “It’s a wonderful thing for people even outside of Keego Harbor to try.”

A Taste of Keego Harbor will feature a silent auction, which will include homemade items like wreaths, a Santa Claus chair, a decorated sled and baskets made up for children. Money raised from the auction will benefit the commission, which will use the funds for the parks and for kids’ activities.

“We have a little bit of everything for everybody,” Girard said. “Someone donated an old watering can, and I sprayed it with primer paint, and I stenciled it and did a bouquet of flowers in it. Everybody wants it.”

Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased at Keego Harbor City Hall or Gino’s Restaurant. For more information, call City Hall at (248) 682-1930. Santia Hall is located at 1999 Cass Lake Road in Keego Harbor.