PATERSON, NJ- Before the tables had even been cleared at the inaugural Paterson Plates event in 2017 then 6th Ward Councilman Andre Sayegh declared the event a success.
“We’re going to do this next year,” he promised. “It’s going to be even bigger.”
With his declaration that “Paterson has the Great Falls, great food, and great future,” now Mayor Sayegh encouraged TAPinto Paterson readers to join him for the second installment of the local food showcase to be held on Wednesday, October 17.
Tickets for the event at Planet 301 in Center City Mall from 12:00 until 2:30 p.m. are just $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
According to Ray Marrero and Jose DeLeon, two of the volunteer organizers, this year’s showcase will feature cuisine from 23 local restaurants while also giving students from the Eva’s Village, St. Paul’s CDC, and Passaic County Community College Culinary Arts Program an opportunity to show off their skills.
Proceeds from Paterson Plates, DeLeon said, will be donated to those three programs.
Taking a page out of Sayegh’s communications handbook, Marrero said that Paterson Plates is another opportunity to show one of the things that’s positive about Paterson, its diverse cuisine.
“If there’s one thing that builds bridges it’s food.”
DeLeon added that their hope is to attract not just residents but also out-of-towners that might not know yet the place Paterson has taken on the list of foodie destinations. When it comes to running a successful restaurant, he said, “regulars are great, but we have to get more people into the city and into our food businesses.”
Perhaps considering this year’s location just down yards away from the Fabian 8 movie theater Sayegh concluded that “Paterson Plates was a smashing success in 2017 that merited a sequel.”
TAPinto Paterson is proud to partner with the City of Paterson and the Paterson Urban Enterprise Zone as a media sponsor for Paterson Plates!
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