Hundreds enjoy local cuisine at Taste of Mecosta

Jonathan Eppley and his daughter Madeline enjoy samples provided by Tullymore Golf Resort during the 14th annual Taste of Mecosta Tuesday evening. Hundreds of area residents gathered at the Holiday Inn Big Rapids ballroom for the event. (Pioneer photos/Taylor Fussman)

BIG RAPIDS — The sites and smells of garlic mashed potatoes, roast beef and much more made the mouths of hundreds of area residents water Tuesday evening during the 14th annual Taste of Mecosta.

Presented by the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Lake-Osceola State Bank, this culinary experience offered residents a chance to sample and learn about the signature dishes of a variety of Mecosta County’s restaurants.

The theme of this year’s event was “A Taste of Home,” and vendors provided attendees with a wide array of comfort food even the most discerning palate could enjoy.

“I think the response has been really great. People are really excited,” said Nicole Martinez, owner of Coco Renee, a bakery which she currently operates out of her home, as she passed out a variety of sweet treats. “I feel like you can’t go wrong with having dessert in your home.”

Nicole Martinez, owner of Coco Renee, serves attendees of the 14th annual Taste of Mecosta. Among the array of sweet treats provided by the growing business were brownies, cannoli cake and cupcakes.

Restaurants and caterers who provided delicacies for the evening included, Three Girls Bakery, Cran-Hill Ranch, Tullymore Golf Resort, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals, Holiday Inn Big Rapids/52 Sports Bar and Kitchen Big Rapids, The Pie Hole, Coco Renee, Leadership Mecosta, Planet Fitness, Domino’s Pizza, Bob Evans, Ferris State University Catering, Cranker’s Brewery and Fatbelly Deli and Creamery, among others.

Proceeds from the annual Taste of Mecosta benefit the Leadership Mecosta program in the form of scholarships.

Members of the community sample an array of savory treats provided by Ferris State University Catering.


Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the city/county reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at

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