Gatlinburg is kicking off the fall season with a celebrity filled night packed with delicious food from area restaurants and hilarious comedy at the 19th Annual Taste of Autumn on Thursday, September 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year, Taste of Autumn will feature the hilarious stand-up comedy of one of America’s funniest and most recognized comedians, Henry Cho.
Cho is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and has been entertaining fans for more than 30 years, often using his childhood experiences as an Asian American in the South in his comedy performances. “I’m an Asian with a Southern accent,” said Cho. “To a lot of people, that right there is funny.” Cho’s most notable appearances have been on television. He first stepped into the national spotlight appearing on Bob Hope’s Young Comedian Special. Since then, he has performed on the Arsenio Hall Show, made six appearances on The Tonight Show, toured with Reba McEntire, Amy Grant, Brooks and Dunn, and appeared in the films “McHale’s Navy” and “Say It Isn’t So.”
For 18 years, the proceeds from Taste of Autumn have been donated to United Way of Sevier County, raising more than $175,000 for important community programs provided to the residents of Sevier County. “We are so glad to have partnered with a great organization like United Way of Sevier County for so long in support of their cause,” said Gatlinburg Director of Events Jim Downs. “The great restaurants we’re going to have combined with such a highly recognized act like comedian Henry Cho will make for a night of food and laughs that people won’t want to miss.”
Taste of Autumn will be held in the Ballroom at Mills Conference Center. Tickets are $25, and children 5 and under are free. A reserved table for a party of 10 is available for $300. A corporate VIP package for a party of 10 is available for $500 and includes priority seating, meet and greet with the talent and wine on the table. Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg is offering special room packages for out of town attendees who wish to incorporate a weekend getaway. Call (865) 436-0048 to make reservations. A portion of proceeds will benefit United Way of Sevier County, an organization focused on partnering with community members and creating lasting changes in community conditions.
Food for the event will be provided by:
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Taste of Italy
Corky's Ribs & BBQ
The Melting Pot
Collier Convention and Catering
Flapjack's Pancake Cabin
The Fox and Parrot Tavern
Wine A Little
Dick's Last Resort
Big Daddy's Pizzeria
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Sugarlands Distilling Co.
Tennessee Homemade Wines
Cowboy's on the Water
Tickets will be available at the door tonight, September 15 beginning at 4:00 pm.