The Best Thing to Get at Taste, According to the Chef

The chef at pay-what-you-can restaurant Taste talks food and philanthropy.

A Chat With Chef Jeff Williams of Taste Community Restaurant:

What’s the last thing you cooked?
A Bacon and Apple Sandwich. It’s our take on the ever-popular BLT. We cure our own bacon and pickle our own apples, and serve it with cheddar cheese on a toasted sourdough bun.

What’s your favorite part of the new restaurant?
Our goal is to create a space where everyone feels welcome and can enjoy a meal regardless of their means. We want the atmosphere to be inviting and comfortable. Taste Project is not segregated like a shelter, where servers are on one side of the counter and recipients are on the other.

What was the hardest part of all of this?
It’s a bit of an education curve. We need to educate our customers about the pay-what-you-can concept. And, along with hiring a few more key staff, we really need to broaden our volunteer base to keep costs down.

What’s the best thing on the Taste menu?
Our menu will change seasonally, but based on sales so far, it must be our hamburger. I think our Farro Salad is one of the hidden gems on the menu. I love the chewiness of the farro served with hearty roasted vegetables.


1200 S. Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
tasteproject.org