A “Night in Old Mexico” in Harlingen


A “Night in Old Mexico” in Harlingen

Rewind at the Taste of Harlingen 2018Sample the cuisines from local restaurants and chefs while enjoying live music and a silent auction all while helping the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum. 

That and more are in store for attendees of the 17th Taste of Harlingen fundraising event, which uses the proceeds to maintain the historic buildings, curate artifacts, fund exhibits and promote the facility. 

Around 400 people were in attendance at the 2018 Taste of Harlingen. Organizers expect the around the same number for the Oct. 17 event this year.
Around 400 people were in attendance at the 2018 Taste of Harlingen. Organizers expect the around the same number for the Oct. 17 event this year.

This year’s “Taste” theme is A Night in Old Mexico. Sombreros and serapes will be everywhere Oct. 17 as organizers expect more than 400 to attend, many in costume. 

The decorated courtyard will provide the perfect backdrop for an evening of food and festivities. Those in attendance can stroll around the grounds while listening to the live band Jaime G. and the ADEL’s. They may also visit 15 to 20 participating restaurant tents to sample the cuisines. 

A delicious affair

Some of the participating restaurants this year include Classics Bar & Grill, Gracie’s Goodies, Hime Sushi Bar and Grill, Keto Mini Donuts, La Playa Mexican Café, Longhorn Steakhouse, Applebee’s, Cheddar’s, Russo’s, Tropical Smoothie Café and Schoolhouse Creamery. These restaurants will battle it out for top awards, including People’s Choice, Best of Taste and Best Presentation. An awards presentation takes place near the end of the event. 

The main building houses a silent auction, where patrons may bid on item donations from businesses and individuals. There is also a photo booth to create a souvenir from the evening. 

Funding the future

Money raised from Taste of Harlingen will specifically be used to repair the historic buildings, which are always in need of work. Projects this coming year include painting and repairing the Hill home and Historic Harlingen Hospital. The latest project, the Historical Museum Building is under way and will feature Harlingen’s history. There also will be commissioned permanent artworks in the museum courtyard. “Taste” proceeds also fund exhibitions and receptions.

Inform. Educate. Entertain. Inspire. Those are the four key components Lisa believes must be present in “the perfect story” and accomplishing that is her goal every time she sits down to write. Lisa is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years in the industry as a newspaper reporter, editor, photographer and page designer. In June of 2019, she left the Valley Morning Star after four years as its editor. During her stint at the VMS, she also created and was the editor of Valley Women Inspire, a magazine published by AIM Media Texas, owners of the Valley Morning Star, McAllen Monitor and Brownsville Herald. Originally from Southeastern Wisconsin, Seiser was the editor of a weekly newspaper, the Lake Geneva Regional News. She then moved to Junction City, Kansas, to be the editor of the Daily Union in that city before relocating to the RGV to work at the Valley Morning Star. Seiser has lived in Harlingen since June of 2015 and loves palm trees, the beach, traveling, golfing and her three rescue dogs.