Next entrant in York’s Taste Test to compete

Winner could become permanent downtown restaurant

Scratch-made Asian dumplings, noodles and ramen bowls will take the stage in October as the latest entry in York’s Taste Test pop-up restaurant series.

The Taste Test series is giving Yorkers a chance to sample cuisines and ultimately decide what they would like to see as a permanent restaurant in downtown York. It is overseen by a partnership between the York College hospitality management program and the York County Community Foundation.

The latest entrant is a concept called STEAM: Asian Street Food. It will be featured on consecutive weekends, from Oct. 7-16, in the Taste Test YorKitchen shared kitchen incubator at 37 W. Clarke Ave. in York.

Two other concepts, Indian fusion cuisine and gourmet hot dogs, got their turns in the spotlight in August and September.

Additional entries are still being chosen, organizers said.

Four finalists will have a chance to compete to open their business in a space in downtown York at 33 N. Beaver St., spokeswoman Allison Witherow said Monday.

The STEAM entry is owned by a husband-and-wife team, Peri Papayannis and Zoey Zhang Papayannis of York.

Organizers of the contest are encouraging residents to attend the restaurant trials and answer a series of questions, with answers designed to help Taste Test leaders make a final decision on the restaurant concepts.

For hours and information on how to attend the Taste Test auditions and buy tickets, visit the Taste Test website here.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at doconnor@cpbj.com.

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