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Ninth Annual Taste of the World Held at Mayfair Farms in West Orange

Rotary President Tekeste "Cass" Ghebremicael; Rotarians Cynthia Hadley-Bailey, Margot Hadley-Bailey, Christos Alevras, Karen Ziegler. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Pam Riley Blake and Jim Riley of Terra Luna. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Rich Stoltz of Supreme Bakery. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
WOBOE Member Sandra Mordecai, Roger Jacobs, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Town Information Officer Jessica Glicker, West Orange Cares Mickey Wagner, Outgoing Downtown West Orange Alliance President Denise Esposito, and Rose De Sena. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
WOBOE member Ron Charles, Ed Vanderhoof and Bill Kehoe of Wo Rec, Hayden Moore, Principal, West Orange High School. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Sodexho's Nick Douglas and Alex Perez. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Rotary members Fatima Maia, Ed Enginger, Cynthia Hadley-Bailey. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Woboe's Laura Lab, Councilwoman Patty Spango, Woboe member Ron Charles, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, Woboe President Michelle Casalino, Jimmy Spango. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Rotary Club held their largest annual fund raiser, "Taste of the World," at Mayfair Farms Monday evening.  450 guests attended the event, which featured samplings from local restaurants, distributors, and vendors.  Monies raised will benefit the Rotary Club and their ongoing efforts to support the community via local student scholarships, and local service organizations like the West Orange Food Pantry, West Orange Community House, West Orange First Aid Squad, West Orange Animal Welfare League, OSPAC, Main Street Counseling, PAL, and the Mayor's Program for Individuals with disabilities. In addition, the Rotary contributes to other programs and organizations nationally and worldwide.

Once inside, guests were treated to samplings from over 35 local food and drink venues, including several West Orange establishments and businesses.  From long time restaurants like Starlite Pizzeria, China Gourmet, PALs Cabin, and the Manor, to bakeries and dessert treats from Supreme Bakery, and Mark and Julie's, attendees were not disappointed with the selections.  Newer restaurants like, Suzy Que's, Sefarat Kebab, Terra Luna, Cut Steak and the Strip House, also sampled their foods.  Libretti's and Hat City Kitchen, Orange eateries, along with other South Orange venues, were represented.  Total Wine, the Wine Group, Fedway, and Anheuser Busch, were also on hand to provide samples of wine, scotch, vodka, and beer.

Regal Bank, Investors Bank, Christos Alevras, Llewelyn-Edison, PALS, Levine, Jacobs and Co., and more, served as event sponsors.

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Tonight's successful fundraiser will provide the opportunity for the West Orange Rotary to continue its mission of service to the community.  For more information on the Rotary, please visit:


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