The Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties announced last week that Root restaurant on Front Street was winner of this year’s Taste of Georgetown People’s Top Choice Award. It was Root’s first year participating in the event, which is a fundraiser for the Family Justice Center. Root served meatballs over grits with homemade marinara sauce for the event.

he Taste of Georgetown took place Nov. 2. With ideal weather, the event attracted about 3,500 people — a 25 percent increase over the prior year. After expenses, the Taste of Georgetown raised about $40,000 for the Family Justice Center, a nonprofit organization serving victims of domestic violence in Georgetown and Horry counties.

Event organizers heard positive comments about the Front Street setting and the quality of the food offerings. One guest who brought five members of her family said it was absolutely perfect and she could not have asked for a better experience. However, the Center recognizes that, due to the rapidly increasing popularity of the event, it will need to expand the number of restaurants and the size of the main tent food service location to better accommodate patrons. That will be its focus as the board and staff plan for next year’s event.

ne of the highlights of a food tasting event is the quality of the food served by the many participating restaurants. Spiced, rubbed flounder with bacon and cheddar grits; crab balls; tacos; Cajun shrimp with chicken and sausage; beef short ribs; seafood chowder; carrot cake; homemade ice cream and Winyah Bay Chowder were some of the top favorites this year. Attendees are asked annually to pick the the restaurant with the best food sample. The top seven restaurants in alphabetical order were “All About You” Personal Chef, Buzz’s Roost, Graham’s Landing on Front, Root, Southern Comforts, Sweeties Homemade Ice Cream & Sweets, and Manor House Restaurant At Wedgefield.

The board and staff at the amily Justice Center would like to offer a huge thanks to all the restaurants that participated and all the individuals who came out to support the Family Justice Center at this event.

For more information about the Family Justice Center, visit www.fjcgtownhorry.org.