Since the beginning of human existence, food has been a way people for to sit down together and divulge on daily topics and ideas. More importantly, sharing a meal not only lets us celebrate one another’s company, but it lets us celebrate one another’s culture.
Currently, the United States seems to be divided by a plethora of political and racial issues . It’s time to put these differences aside. When it comes to food, boundaries are broken by breaking bread and sharing meaningful conversation over a meal. Food helps bring unity to communities nationwide, and it’s happening here in York at Taste Test.
Since our inception, we’ve hosted chefs and aspiring restaurateurs from all around the world who have made Central PA their home. We’ve had Indian food, Afghan, Chinese, Belgian, Italian, French-Creole, and Mexican among several spins on classic American foods. We have plans to feature Cambodian, Southern, Japanese, and Puerto Rican food in the future.
Many of these pop ups have been Yorkers’ first time tasting food from these locales. As attendees experience these new flavors, they get the chance to talk to the presenting chef and learn their story. They gain insight into cultures that were previously foreign to them and along with that comes a new appreciation for a life different than theirs.
“The creativity and collaboration between cultures here on a daily basis never ceases to amaze me,” said co-owner and Creative Director Allison Witherow. I love seeing how our staff thinks creatively about food and is always experimenting with flavor and bringing their own cultural background to the table.
Whether it’s a mashup of Japanese and Indian cultures coming from Infusion Indian Kitchen or an experimental menu that Bistec, the european bistro, has put together for our outdoor Cantina bar, there is always something new and exciting to taste that tosses your notion of traditional food out the window.”
Internally we often refer to Taste Test as a “safe place.” We are referring to the fact that aspiring chefs can test their ideas here with little risk and valuable feedback on how to improve their concept. But over time, we’ve also found that we’ve created a safe place where a diverse mix of culinary minded chefs, dishwashers, servers and diners can all sit down and taste new foods together with an open mind.
Ultimately, the Taste Test dining style lets Yorkers from all over the county try new and ethnically diverse meals in a tasteful downtown atmosphere.