The event, which occurred on Saturday, Nov. 4, is a fundraiser for the Family Justice Center, a nonprofit that aids victims of domestic violence in Georgetown and Horry counties.
Pictured from left are Dick Clute, Family Justice Center Board Chairman, and Eddy Chacon, owner and executive chef at Alfresco Georgetown Bistro. The restaurant served chicken osso bucco at the festival, winning the People’s Top Choice Award by a landslide. The award is based on taste, creativity and presentation.
Family Justice Center staff said about 3,000 people attended the event this year, sampling food from 19 participating restaurants and Bethel AME Church. In addition, participants enjoyed music from three bands spread out along Front Street, including Jessie Wilson Jr. and Friends, Mike Thompson/Dale Baker and Tom Cowieson.
The event raised more than $46,000 to help support the free, confidential and comprehensive services provided by the Family Justice Center.
Students from the Georgetown School of Arts and Science helped the Family Justice Center conduct a survey of participants as they were leaving the event. The five top rated restaurants receiving votes for “top choice” in alphabetical order were Alfresco Georgetown Bistro, Harborside Seafood and Italian, LUNA Mexican Bar & Grill., Rollin Local and Rustic Table.
The Family Justice Center appreciates the generous support of the community at this event and throughout the year. That support enables the organization to provide essential services to the community.