March 16, 2018

Thanks to generous sponsors, participating restaurants, volunteers and those who sold and bought tickets, Taste of Williamson 2018, presented by Nissan and hosted by CoolSprings Galleria, drew its largest crowd yet, estimated at nearly 2,000 in attendance.

The 16th annual event raised $64,797, an increase of more than 14 percent over last year’s proceeds. These funds will go to United Way of Williamson County and its partner agencies. United Way works to advance the common good by identifying and supporting solutions that help children succeed in school, move families toward financial stability, improve access to health care and provide support when people are in crisis.

Guests enjoyed everything from appetizers and entrees to unique beverages and delicious desserts from both returning restaurants and new ones. At the event, the room was abuzz with talk about favorite new flavors or restaurants not previously visited. Live music provided by local favorite Ron Shuff sweetened the deal.

Congratulations to the following restaurants who received awards from judges and guests:

Judges’ Choice Award

  • Sopapilla’s, Tito’s & Pueblo Real Mexican Restaurants and Bishop’s Meat & 3

People’s Choice Awards

  • Favorite Savory: Tito’s & Pueblo Real Mexican Restaurants
  • Favorite Sweet: Gigi’s Cupcakes
  • Best New Discovery: The Butcher Block
  • Most Likely to Visit Again: Tito’s & Pueblo Real Mexican Restaurants
  • Most Festive Booth: Gigi’s Cupcakes

 Participating merchants for Taste of Williamson 2018, presented by Nissan and hosted by CoolSprings Galleria, included the following: Bishop’s Meat & 3, Blue Coast Burrito, Buca di Beppo, The Butcher Block, Catering & Events by Suzette, The Cheesecake Factory, Chuy’s, Corky’s Ribs & BBQ, Daily Dish Events & Catering, Drake’s – Cool Springs, Giardino Gourmet Salads, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Granite City Food and Brewery, Hattie Jane’s Creamery, The Honeysuckle, Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q, Juice Bar Franklin, Kings Dining & Entertainment – Cool Springs Franklin, Mafiaoza’s, Marco’s Pizza, Merridee’s Breadbasket, Newk’s Eatery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom, Padrinos Pops, Popcorn Village, Pueblo Real/Tito’s Mexican Restaurant, Sopapilla’s, Sportsman’s Grille, Taziki’s Café and Wings & Rings in Cool Springs.

Sponsors included AlphaGraphics Franklin, SVMIC, 96.3 Jack FM, Mix 92.9, i106.7, Coca-Cola, Your Williamson, The Williamson Source, The Williamson Herald, Brand Imaging Group, Publix, Tractor Supply Company, WSMV Channel 4, Shuff’s Music & Piano Showroom, Fifth Third Bank and AM 950 WAKM.

To see photos from the event, visit

About United Way of Williamson County

United Way of Williamson County is committed to creating real change and measurable improvements in the day-to-day lives of thousands of people. We bring together people, companies and organizations from across our local community to identify and support solutions to our most critical issues. Serving Williamson County for 57 years, United Way of Williamson County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. Because change doesn’t happen alone. To live better, we must Live United. To find out more, please visit or call 615-771-2312.