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The Insiders: Good things do come in slider packages

We’re fans of people who make big foods into smaller foods, with the obvious exception of whoever invented those super tiny Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that are even smaller than the original mini peanut butter cups. Perhaps the grand champion of big food gone small, though, is the slider, and tonight is the perfect opportunity to celebrate them in all their glory at the 8th annual Taste of Concord event at the Grappone Conference Center.

There’s a lot more going on here than just sliders – like 35 restaurants and businesses on hand, live music, raffles, juggling elephants (note: this may not be a real thing) and a silent auction. But the real star of this show is the Top Chef slider competition, in which you are encouraged to stuff your face with a variety of gourmet mini-things.

Mouth-watering drum roll please . . . and the entries are: The Barley House (barbecue beef brisket slider), Cheers (chicken and waffle slider), Common Man (crab cake slider), Granite Restaurant & Bar (cider braised chicken slider), Hungry Buffalo (roast bison slider), Makris (Maine shrimp salad slider), O Steaks & Seafood (candy beef brisket with pork belly slider), Tandy’s Top Shelf (Cuban flatbread slider), The Red Blazer (chicken parmesan slider), and Washington Street Cafe (gyro pita roll slider).

The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 each or 10 for $250 and are available online at or by calling Jon Clay at 410-5173 or emailing clay@concord

For these with an educational jones, stop by the New Hampshire Audubon tonight at 7 for “Learning and Living with Ticks,” a presentation led by UNH professor Dr. Alan Eaton.

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