By Alex Shelton
Gatlinburg is kicking off the fall season with a celebrity- filled night packed with delicious Gatlinburg food and hilarious comedy at the 18th Annual Gatlinburg Taste of Autumn on Thursday, September 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Taste of Autumn will feature Country Cool Comedy Tour with Emcee for the night, Nan Kelley from Great American Country Channel.
Country Cool is comprised of three female comedians traveling the nation with their no-nonsense, “tell it like it is” approach to charming and stylish southern roots comedy. Their group is made up of Emmy Award winning comedian Trish Suhr; Karen Mills, whose standup has been featured on FOX, ABC and Great American Country Channel; and Leanne Morgan, named by ABC’s The View as one of “the most hilarious housewives” and heard regularly on Sirius XM.
For 18 years, the proceeds from Taste of Autumn have been donated to support United Way of Sevier County. “We are so glad to have partnered with a great organization like United Way of Sevier County for 18 years running in support of their cause,” said Gatlinburg Director of Events Jim Downs. “The great restaurants we’re going to have mixed with a world class act like Country Cool will make for a night of food and laughs that people won’t want to miss.”
Taste of Autumn vendors will serve unlimited samples of food throughout the night and include: The Melting Pot, Great Smoky Mountain Catering Company, Vista Grill, Quaker Steak & Lube, Corky’s Ribs & BBQ, Collier Convention and Catering, Mellow Mushroom, Ripley’s Aquarium, The Fox & Parrot, Dick’s Last Resort, Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin, Big Daddy’s Pizzeria and BJ’s BBQ.
Taste of Autumn will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center Great Hall. Tickets are $25, and children 10 and under are free. A corporate table for a party of eight is available for $200. New this year, a corporate VIP package for a party of eight is available for $500 and includes priority seating, meet and greet with the talent, wine on the table and personal servers. The Hilton Garden Inn is offering special room packages for out of town attendees who wish to incorporate a weekend getaway. Call (865) 436-0048 to make reservations. 100 percent of proceeds will benefit United Way of Sevier County, an organization focused on partnering with community members and creating lasting changes in community conditions.
Tickets can be purchased at the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce office at 811 East Parkway, either Gatlinburg Welcome Center or from any United Way of Sevier County Board Member. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (865) 436-4178 or online at Gatlinburg.com/Taste.