Downtown Aurora Taste is May 12

Downtown Aurora Taste

It’s that time of year again when you can sample all of the wonderful food in downtown Aurora. This year on Tuesday, May 12 the Downtown Aurora Taste offers up a dozen restaurants to sample. Visit downtown from 5 to 9 p.m. and get a taste of downtown! Free trolley rides, too.

Ticket books cost $25 and can be purchased from an Exchange Club member, at the City of Aurora Office of Special Events (Downer/Stolp parking garage), or at a participating venue.

The 13th Annual Downtown Aurora Taste will be hosted this year by the Exchange Club of Aurora, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The event was developed by the former Aurora Study Circles organization, which ceased operation in the fall of 2007.  The Exchange Club of Aurora is now the eighth year host for this community fundraising activity.


Proceeds from Downtown Aurora Taste are allocated by the Exchange Club of Aurora, to benefit area youth, via scholarships and philanthropic contributions to local agencies that serve children.


Ticket booklets are available for $25 and will include four restaurant coupons, free rides on a trolley sponsored by Downtown Aurora (, a map showing the participating restaurants’ locations and a ticket that will be stamped at each restaurant visited, ensuring eligibility for a prize drawing.


For 2015, participating Aurora restaurants include: Ballydoyle Pub, Doughballs Pizza Palace, La France Bakery, La Quinta de Los Reyes, Paramount Theatre, River’s Edge Café, Reuland Food Service, Two Brothers Roundhouse and Tecalitlan.


Live entertainment will be featured as follows:  At La France Bakery: Treble Vocal Ensemble “Acora Imparo”, led by Meg Papadolias, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; at Ballydoyle, Dave Eno, professional smooth jazz guitarist, 5;30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and “The Swirls”,  husband and wife musical duo  Annie and Frank Craig, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.;  at River’s Edge, Dave Byron, instrumental blues and Latin rock guitarist, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; at Paramount Theatre, Metea Valley High School String Quartet under the direction of Mark Liu.


Chartered in 1937, The Exchange Club is one of Aurora’s oldest service organizations.  It is composed of businessmen and women who are committed to a variety of community causes, among them the prevention of child abuse, the encouragement of patriotism and the provision of scholarships for youths who have overcome personal or physical challenges.  The Exchange Club of Aurora also holds the annual recognition tributes for Aurora police officers and firefighters, and one for those individuals who go above and beyond, in helping children at risk.


Anyone interested in learning more about the spirit of Exchange, is invited to join the group as a guest for one of its Tuesday luncheon meetings, held at noon at Provena Fox Knoll, 421 N. Lake St., Aurora.
Those interested in the Downtown Aurora Taste on May 12th may purchase them from any Exchange Club of Aurora member, or by calling (630) 415-1263 and leaving a message.  Ticket books may also be purchased at the Mayor’s Office for Special Events, Ste. A, Aurora, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2015 venues:

Ballydoyle Pub

28 W. New York Street

Authentic Irish Pub which provides award winning food and music to all of our guests.

Serving Corned Beef Slider, Corned Beef Bite and Chips w/Blue Cheese


Chef Amaury

33 W. New York Street

Eclectic, Contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on obtaining products from the finest local sources.

 (We apologize that Chef Amaury is no longer part of the Downtown Aurora Taste.)

Doughballs Pizza Palace

40 W. New York Street

Ridiculously Awesome Pizza that actually tastes as good as it looks.

Serving 6” Buff-Off Buffalo Pizza, 6” Popeye Spinach Pizza, Garlic Doughballs


La France Bakery

118 E. Galena Boulevard

Creating that special touch for that special occasion.

Serving Cheesecake Slice, Tres Leches Pina Colada Cake, Chocolate Cake, or Flan


La Quinta de Los Reyes

36 E. New York Street

Come in and taste the different flavors of Mexico.


Paramount Theatre

23 E. Galena Boulevard

The one and only historic Paramount Theatre presents critically-acclaimed Broadway shows, concerts, comedy and more.  The Paramount Theatre is happy to partner with Reuland Food Service this year.

Serving Meatballs, Pasta Salad and 1 complementary Beer, Wine or Soda.


River’s Edge Café

14 W. Downer Place

River’s Edge Cafe is a family-owned, American-style cafe using fresh and wholesome ingredients, where you can savor made-to-order items while enjoying a historic view of the Fox River.

Serving our “almost famous” Chicken Salad Wrap with Craisins or our Veggie Wrap with homemade hummus.  Both served with a sample of Watermelon Gazpacho.

Reuland Food Service

115 Oak Avenue

Providing catering to the Fox Valley for 60 years.  Food that says “You’re Home” and service that says “You’re Special”.

Serving samples of some of our most popular entrees: Cabbage Roll, Roast Beef Sandwiches and Hot Chicken Salad


Two Brothers Roundhouse

205 N. Broadway

An upscale pub and brewery offering American locally sourced food and artisian beers.

Serving House Brined Ebel’s Weiss Ham with Gruyere Cheese and Blackberry Onion Crostinis



35 S. Broadway

Authentic Mexican Food

Serving Taco or Enchilada with Rice or Beans

$2.99 Margarita will be available for purchase