MADISON, NJ - Gary’s Wine & Marketplace presented the 13th annual Taste of Madison Monday night at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park.
Wine, beer and food stations lined the venue’s perimeter while attendees sampled each station and had the opportunity to participate in the silent auction and 50/50.
Fund raised from the event will go to benefit the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Madison and the Madison Downtown Development Commission.
According to member of the Taste of Madison Committee, Danielle Dixson, $15,000 was donated last year.
“Since 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated, it really allows us to give back to the community,” Dixson said.
Dixson explained that this year’s turnout was the best yet and the venue was at full capacity, which she called an “amazing feeling”.
“This is a really big community event that both residents and local businesses look forward to,” Dixson said. “Most Madison restaurants eagerly participate and this year we were lucky enough to have the Napa Valley Vintners participate.”
Tons of Toys co-owner, Anthony Desalis, told TheAlternativePress.com that he and his fellow co-owners attended to support the town in which their local business is in as well as mingle with customers and other Madison business owners.
“This is our third year in attending and the food and wine are top notch,” Desalis said. “We are honored to donate and support the event.”
Tons of Toys donated a Melissa and Doug Jumbo Plush Giraffe, which is a staple and best-seller in their store, to the silent auction portion of the night.
Jar Goods, one of the many food stations, allowed attendees to sample their small batch, all-natural, handmade tomato sauce that’s sold in all Gary’s chains.
The chef of Jar Goods, Laura Vitelli, explained that Taste of Madison is an opportunity to showcase her and her family’s sauce.
“This is our first time at Taste of Madison, but we will definitely be participating again. It’s a great way to get out there and there is an amazing sized crowd,” Vitelli said.
According to Vitelli, 350 people were expected to attend the annual event.