Olivia Shinkus, 6, of Orland Park gets her face painted Saturday during the Taste of Orland Park. | Terrance Peacock/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 4, 2014 6:57AM
The Taste of Orland Park annually draws in patrons from near.
Saturday, it drew a family from far.
Anthony Timoszyk and his family drove from Detroit — more than 280 miles — to attend the taste after hearing about the event from family members who live in the Orland Park area.
Timoszyk said he enjoyed his experience.
“The food is really good, the atmosphere is wonderful, the weather is great, the kids love it, and the beer is good,” Timoszyk said.
Timoszyk went on to say the prices are good and the portions are fair, which is something that one Orland Park business is happy to hear.
Papa Joe’s Italian Cuisine has served the Orland Park community for 22 years and has had a booth at the taste since its inception.
Michael Lorenzo, owner of Papa Joe’s, said the Taste helps his business because of the opportunity to have direct conversation with its customers.
“This is a great event,” Lorenzo said. “It’s put on by the village of Orland for the village of Orland people, with only Orland Park vendors, so it’s a great experience for us to make sure that we can get back to one-on-one with our customers,” Lorenzo said.
Lorenzo said with the hectic pace of the day-to-day operations of a restaurant, it’s hard to get the opportunity to personally speak with customers.
Lorenzo credits the village of Orland Park, which gave the restaurant an opportunity to connect with its customers.
“The village of Orland Park and their staff is just phenomenal with this thing. It’s all about the guests,” Lorenzo said.