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Have you ever tried to start a fire without a match? You just rub two sticks together, right? Everyone makes it look so easy. And, in theory, it is easy… once you know what you need. It all starts with a few embers or a spark, that becomes a flame, and a flame that becomes…

Find out what it’s like to be a part of Taste Project. Meet Lindsey Goldsmith. Lindsey studies Strategic Communications at TCU where she focuses on learning and creating effective, innovating, and responsible stories about brands and organizations. Because of her hard work and commitment to Taste Project, Lindsey was awarded our 2016 Intern of the Year. …

We get asked all the time, “what kind of food will you serve?”. We used to answer, “new American” with a “local when possible” approach. But I noticed recently, Jeff, our founder, started responding differently. “We don’t exist to just serve food, so we will serve whatever food brings you through the door.” I was…

Taste is a friendly place that feels like you’ve just come home. I started Taste Project because God asked me to. But He didn’t ask only once. He spent years tugging on my heart showing me how He wants to reach people. He spent years showing me how He wants to love on people,…

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 2, 2017) – Fort Worth’s newest nonprofit restaurant, Taste, has officially announced its pay-what-you-can restaurant located at 1200 S. Main Street will open on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Taste Project, the nonprofit organization the restaurant is a part of, and its Board of Directors, encourage all Fort Worth residents to come…

Have you ever wanted to own a restaurant? What if I told you, …you already do? Taste Project is new to the Near Southside and we are still meeting each of our neighbors on South Main Street. Everyone is extremely interested, encouraging, and supportive of Taste and the work we will be doing in Fort…

Are Y’all Ready to See Your Fixer Upper? Near Southside, welcome to your new home. We picked the worst building in the best neighborhood and we’re turning it into a place everyone can call home. My husband is a chef and had crazy big vision to feed people. When he first told me his idea,…

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 10, 2017) – Fort Worth’s newest nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, has announced a change in the opening date of its pay-what-you-can restaurant located at 1200 S. Main Street. Taste Community Restaurant will now open on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 for lunch from 11:00am to 2:00pm. “The restaurant is nearly complete,…

It’s Something Much Better August 22nd will come and go, and the doors to Taste Project will not yet open. With the interior near complete, we are simply awaiting new infrastructure to support our electrical power needs. It’s not what we hoped for. But as God reveals more and more to us, we’re realizing, it’s…

But don’t miss the best part of Taste Community Restaurant! Opening day is just around the corner! Construction is in its final stage, the kitchen is coming together, the tables and chairs are here, and the electrical power pole is in place! Chef Jeff is putting the finishing touches on a Fall Opening menu. ARE…

Opening Date Update A Video Message From Chef Jeff We are so close to completion, but we are not yet where we need to be. And, as a result, we are pushing our opening day back one last time to December 5th. If you haven’t signed up to volunteer yet, now is the time. In…

Chef Jeff Williams encourages all Fort Worth residents to come show support for the underlying issue of food insecurity in our community. Here are a couple things to keep in mind for opening day…

Opening day is just the beginning… As an organization, we have so much to be thankful for this year. God’s hand of provision rings through in every step that led to opening day on December 5th. The doors to Taste Community Restaurant finally opened! And we have begun creating an impact in our community. Each…

Fort Worth’s newest nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, launches its Spring menu today. Chef Jeff Williams and the team, consisting mostly of volunteers, encourage all Fort Worth residents to come taste and see a new approach to solving the issues of hunger in our community. Taste’s new menu includes spring items such as croquettes with…

10,000 meals, and they all ate and were satisfied… I’ve always been slightly consumed with the miracle of the loaves and fishes. But I never really understood what goes into serving a multitude of people. …that is until now. This week we will hit a huge milestone at Taste Community Restaurant as we serve our…

Fort Worth’s nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, will launch launches its Summer menu on Tuesday, June 19th. Chef Jeff Williams and the team, consisting mostly of volunteers, encourage all Fort Worth residents to come taste and see a new approach to solving the issues of hunger in our community. “This is the menu I have…

September is National Hunger Action Month and Fort Worth’s newest nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, is partnering with local celebrities and notables to help encourage its community to take action and end hunger. Throughout the month of September, Taste Project will host celebrity servers at Taste Community Restaurant to help encourage all Fort Worth residents…

Fort Worth’s nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, will launch its Fall menu on Tuesday, September 4th—just in time for Hunger Action Month! Chef Jeff Williams and the team, consisting mostly of volunteers, encourage all Fort Worth residents to come taste and see a new approach to solving the issues of hunger in our community. “Our…

Breakfast Anyone? Taste Project is competing in this year’s KERNEL LIVE! for seed funding to support the expansion of its pay-what-you-can meal service to include breakfast. “Currently, we are only open for lunch from 11:00am – 2:00pm which only utilizes a portion of our potential,” says Taste Project Executive Director, Jeff Williams. “Adding breakfast service…

It may look like it starts with a meal… One year ago, the vision God had given me years before came to life as we opened the doors to Taste Community Restaurant and served our very first meal. It was the start to an amazing year. I often get asked, ‘Is it working?’ Well… we…

Fort Worth’s nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, will launch its new Winter menu TODAY, Tuesday, December 11th—just as the organization celebrates its first year of open doors. Chef Jeff Williams and the team, consisting mostly of volunteers, encourage all Fort Worth residents to come taste and see a new approach to serving our community and…

Together We Can Ensure Equitable Access to Healthy Food. Improving access to healthy food in our community is a big job, and that’s why the Tarrant County Food Policy Council has added Taste Project to its growing list of member organizations. This change comes as the USDA releases news of a decrease in food insecurity…

Taste Community Restaurant is a ‘Must Try’ in 2019. Fort Worth’s non-profit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, has earned national status of “must try this year”. With over 600,000 restaurants across the U.S., it can be hard to decide where to eat. But Yelp has narrowed down the selections to the top 100 dining experiences you…

The Amon Carter Foundation has rewarded the success of Taste Project and its Celebrity Server Program with a $30,000 matching grant. The celebrity initiative engaged leaders and influencers in the community and brought increased visibility to Taste Community Restaurant and food insecurity in Tarrant County. In September, Taste Project partnered with local celebrities and notables…

Taste Project announces today the addition of Elizabeth McCarthy to its Board of Directors as the organization looks to expand in 2019. “We are excited to continue expanding our board as we also continue expanding our reach in Fort Worth,” said Jeff Williams, Taste Project Founder and Board President. “Elizabeth has played a huge role…

Fort Worth’s nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, has officially served 30,000 meals. To celebrate, the organization is partnering with local celebrities and notables to raise $30,000 and encourage all Fort Worth and surrounding area residents to become an active participant in building their community. “Everyone has the power to build community,” says Jeff Williams, Taste…

Taste Community Restaurant, Fort Worth’s non-profit restaurant, has earned Yelp’s status of ‘all-time Texas favorite’. According to the National Restaurant Association, there are nearly 50,000 restaurants across the great state of Texas. But Yelp has narrowed down the all-time top 100 Texas favorites. And, coming in at #27 is Fort Worth’s non-profit pay-what-you-can restaurant: Taste…

Fort Worth’s nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, springs into a new season this week as it launches its new Spring menu. Chef Jeff Williams and the team, consisting mostly of volunteers, encourage all Fort Worth and surrounding area residents to come taste and see a new approach to serving our community. While its new spring…

Taste Project announces today its expansion to serve brunch at Taste Community Restaurant on weekends starting Easter Sunday (April 21st). Now you have no egg-scuses not to go and show your support for the underlying issue of food insecurity throughout Tarrant County. Expansion comes as a result of the Tarrant County United Way’s 2018 Kernel…

Fort Worth’s non-profit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, is named 2019 Best of Fort Worth for Best Atmosphere (Readers Pick). Fort Worth Magazine’s ‘Best of Fort Worth’ competition highlights the best food and drink, nightlife and entertainment, people and culture, services, and shopping in Fort Worth. Readers vote, and Editors deliberate to determine both a ”Reader’s…

Taste Project announces today its second annual Summer Nights Dinner and Fundraiser series featuring several local Fort Worth chefs. Fort Worth and surrounding residents are invited to join in the fun at each Summer Nights event. Participants will enjoy a local chef prepared menu, donated by each chef, with proceeds benefiting Taste Project and Taste…

Taste Community Restaurant officially served its 1,000th brunch guest and is quickly becoming a favorite brunch spot in Fort Worth. The organization launched its weekend pay-what-you-can brunch service on Sunday, April 21st. Taste Community Restaurant’s pay-what-you-can brunch service is the first step in expanding its service hours. The organizations efforts were initiated by seed funding…

Fort Worth’s nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, launched its new Summer menu TODAY, Tuesday, June 4th. Chef Jeff Williams and the team, consisting mostly of volunteers, encourage all Fort Worth area residents to come taste and see a new approach to serving our community and making sure kids and families have access to healthy and…

Taste Project announces today its list of upcoming Celebrity Servers. September is National Hunger Action Month and Fort Worth’s newest nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, is partnering with local celebrities and notables to help encourage its community to take action and end hunger. Throughout the month of September, Taste Project will host celebrity servers at…

Taste Project’s Taste Community Restaurant is joining with nearly 50 independent nonprofit cafes across the country for National Everybody Eats Week, August 25th – 31st, 2019. National Everybody Eats Week is a nationally coordinated campaign, produced by One World Everybody Eats, to help consumers understand the power they have in ending hunger in their community….

Fort Worth’s nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, launches its NEW Fall Menu today—just in time for Hunger Action Month! The menu features a mixture of healthy and hearty dishes including: a Turkey Burger with Gruyere cheese and pomegranate mayo (vegetarian option with Beyond Beef also available); a Classic Corned Beef Reuben with house-fermented sauerkraut on…

Fort Worth’s nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, will now also be open for breakfast starting Tuesday, October 22, 2019! Now you have no egg-scuses not to come and show your support for the underlying issue of food insecurity throughout Tarrant County. Expansion comes as a result of the Tarrant County United Way’s 2018 Kernel Award. …

It has been two years since we opened the doors to Taste Community Restaurant. I will never forget our first service. It was Thanksgiving Day 2017, and I was a wreck. The team and I had just gone through a tedious construction period and we finally obtained our Certificate of Occupancy. There was little time…

Fort Worth’s nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, launches its NEW Winter Menu today—just as the organization celebrates its second anniversary. In its first two years, the organization has served over 50,000 people. 15 different seasonal menus provided over 90 different made-from-scratch entree choices consisting of over 33,000 pounds of fresh produce. And, nearly 2,000 volunteers have…

Taste Community Restaurant launches its new spring menu today. With more produce than ever before, this menu is marked by its lighter, fresher fare. Dishes include Spring Hash and Eggs, Caprese Salad, Tabbouleh, Nicoise Salad, Banh Mi, a lighter and leaner bison burger, and many other new selections. “With spring comes a freshness and renewal,”…

In light of the recent COVID-19 mandates and recommendations by the Tarrant County Public Health Department and the City of Fort Worth, and to help keep our community safe, Taste Community Restaurant will be closed to the public until further notice. Community is an important part of who we are; and connecting with people over…

Food has the power to bring people together, even during these times. Over the last three weeks, we have served over 1,000 people in need at Taste Community Restaurant. Some are our neighbors who work at the hospital, many are families seeking healthy food to meet dietary needs, some are our volunteers who have recently been…

We miss you! Fort Worth is an incredible community of people. And we miss bringing everyone together at Taste Community Restaurant. It has been 45 days since we have seen many of our Taste Buds in person. But all of you have risen to the occasion to ensure we can meet the needs of our…

When the pandemic hit, we closed the dining room at Taste Community Restaurant to the public; but the needs of our community were growing. People were out of work and schools were closed. In the first week, one of our District Managers at the City of Fort Worth received phone calls from 51 families looking…

Taste Project announces today the opening of the outdoor patio at Taste Community Restaurant. The space doubles the restaurant’s limited occupancy by providing an additional 8 dining tables each spaced 6 feet apart. “We want to be sure everyone in our community has a place to go for a healthy meal,” says Jeff Williams, Founder…

Taste Community Restaurant launches its NEW Fall menu this week, as a part of the organization’s continued commitment to be open for good. “We are committed to remain open to feed everyone in our community regardless of means,” said Chef Jeff Williams, Founder and Executive Director. “And we hope that our Fall menu creates a…

Taste Project announces today the addition of three new members to its board of directors: Greg Nelson, Bonnie Wilson, and Bill Chubb. These three individuals have played a huge role in the organization’s commitment to be open for good. During its COVID Response, Taste Project has served over 8,000 people and continues to feed, educate…

Many of our neighbors in our community are experiencing food insecurity for the first time during this pandemic. For 3 years now, Taste Project has fed our community regardless of their ability to pay. And during the COVID-19 pandemic we have already served over 12,000 people at Taste Community Restaurant. Today, more than ever, many of our…

A Note from Chef Jeff Williams, Executive Director… Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. As a child, I looked forward to the Christmas lights most; and it always seemed as though the more lights a display had, the better it was. Now, as an adult, and as a believer in Christ, I…

Taste Project exists to feed, educate, and serve our community so they may, “…taste and see the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). The organization started in June 2012 and in December of 2017 launched it’s first project: Taste Community Restaurant. Find out how it all started, learn about our COVID Response, and see how…

Our new spring menu is now available at Taste Community Restaurant! With more produce than ever before, this menu is marked by its lighter, fresher fare. Dishes include Spring Hash and Eggs, Potato Leek Soup, Strawberry Salad, Niçoise Salad, Spring Fattoush, Pasta Primavera, and many other new selections. While seasonal menus are not a new…

Taste Community Restaurant, Fort Worth’s nonprofit restaurant, has earned a place on Yelp’s 2021 Top 100 Places to Eat in Texas! According to the National Restaurant Association, there are nearly 50,000 restaurants across the great state of Texas, but Yelp has narrowed down the top 100 places to eat. And, coming in at #78 is…

Our new summer menu, with a focus on locally grown produce, is now available at Taste Community Restaurant! While seasonal menus are not a new concept in Fort Worth, Taste Community Restaurant is located in the city’s largest food desert where access to affordable good-quality fresh food is limited. “We continue to explore ways to…

Our NEW Fall menu is now available at Taste Community Restaurant! While the menu is marked with apple, grape, and pumpkin flavors; it’s what’s not on the menu this season that is most remarkable. “We are grateful to be able to serve our 100,000th guest this season at Taste Community Restaurant,” says Jeff Williams, Founder…

We have officially served over 100,000 meals at Taste Community Restaurant! This is an amazing milestone that demonstrates what God can accomplish through Taste Project. Since God gave me the vision for Taste Project years ago, I continue to be amazed at His faithfulness and provision. And it brings me great joy to see those…

Our NEW winter menu is now available at Taste Community Restaurant! This menu marks 4 years of service to our Fort Worth Community and includes some favorites from our very first menu including Curried Carrot Soup, and Chef Jeff’s favorite: Risotto. The seasonal menu also includes a Winter Power Bowl, Migas, Ribolitta Soup, a Warm…

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County recognized the Fort Worx Job Training Program with the 2021 Apprenticeship Partner Award at its 25th Anniversary Celebration. Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks, Arlington Mayor Jim Ross, and Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker presented the award to the program’s collaborative partners: Taste Project, Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB), and the Culinary School of Fort Worth.

Our new spring menu launches this week at Taste Community Restaurant. This menu is marked by its lighter, fresher fare with some ingredients harvested from our on-site garden. Dishes include Buckwheat Pancakes, Shaved Asparagus Salad, Vietnamese Noodle Bowl, Southwest Burger, and so much more. “With spring comes a freshness and renewal,” says Chef Jeff Williams, Founder…

We have earned a place in Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in Texas once again! With nearly 50,000 restaurants across the state of Texas, it can be hard to decide where to eat. Each year, Yelp narrows down the selections to the top 100 dining experiences that are a ‘must try’. And, coming in…

Taste Project and the City of Arlington are partnering to bring the nonprofit’s pay-what-you-can community restaurant concept to the heart of Downtown Arlington. Taste Project, an organization designed to help feed, educate and serve Tarrant County’s food insecure residents, has served more than 125,000 diners since its initial Taste Community Restaurant opened in Fort Worth…

Our new Fall Menu launches at Taste Community Restaurant this week. This season, in partnership with local growers, we continue our commitment to provide healthy nutritious food regardless of financial means. According to the most recent Consumer Price Index Summary, the cost of food rose 10.9% in July. Low-income families are especially burdened since they…

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Fort Worth Restaurant Welcomes All (Fox 4)

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Fort Worth ‘Pay What You Can’ Restaurant Helps Feed Hungry (NBC 5)

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New Restaurant Wants to Feed Souls. You Decide What to Pay (Star-Telegram)