"Come fill your soul."

That's the mission of the Taste of Soul Savannah, hosted by Urban Savannah Chamber of Commerce. The event will feature the "best soul and comfort restaurants, caterers and chefs" from the Savannah area and offers guests a chance to enjoy great food, live music and entertainment.

The Taste of Soul Savannah takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 at Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Drive. Admission is free and food tickets are $1 each and are required to sample the food. Parking is $5. A special VIP ticket is available for $40 and includes free parking, 15 food tickets, two drink tickets and designated seating.

Event CoordinatorTonice Cooper wants everyone to know this family-friendly event is "for everyone."

"Our mission is to showcase minority-owned restaurants and catering companies in the area," she explains. "This gives 'underdog' businesses the opportunity to have the spotlight on them ⦠They can come out and showcase their incredible talents and be recognized."

She says the recognition part of the event is important because there are registered several vendors that she didn't know existed in our community.

"Hopefully this event will draw some much needed attention to these business owners."

Cooper says the mission of the Urban Savannah Chamber of Commerce is to provide a platform for urban entrepreneurs and professionals in the Savannah area that will foster a thriving and sustainable business environment.

And as the owner of a local travel company, Cooper says the group has been beneficial to help grow her business.

"For me, it has helped enlarge my network and meet new people in the area."

She adds that the group offers services and helpful learning sessions for business owners; they even offer sessions to teach you how to write a successful business plan.

"This event will give people a chance to enjoy live entertainment, eat great food and network ⦠We will have about 22 food and beverage vendors in attendance," say says, "and we already have a lot of interest in next year's event as well. We are very excited."


What: Taste of Soul Savannah

When: 5-9 p.m. Sept. 7

Where: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Drive

Cost: Admission free; food tickets $1; parking $5; VIP ticket $40

Info: urbansavannah.cc, eventbrite.com