In 1995, the revitalization of Carson City was just beginning. Small shops and restaurants were slowly returning to downtown buildings, bringing along a sense of excitement and opportunity to an area that had been long depressed. After discovering a restaurant serving delicious creations in a hidden backroom of a bar, the idea for the Taste of DownTown was born.

Advocates To End Domestic Violence, a non-profit agency providing services to survivors, had been struggling to keep the doors of the shelter open, producing and participating in 17 fundraisers annually. The staff and volunteers were looking to replace the dozen plus annual events with one large event that could grow and produce the necessary revenue needed to provide services to those in need.