ELIZABETH, NJ – Hundreds of hungry and thirsty patrons filled the ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel, October 17, for the Tenth Taste of Elizabeth, a favorite, annual fundraising event.

This unique food-tasting event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Elizabeth and co-sponsored by the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, brought together 42 food vendors, including local restaurants and beverages providers.

The Taste of Elizabeth raises funds for Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth, Inc.  Since 1986, the Rotary has raised $500,000 in scholarship money for graduating Elizabeth high school students, according to the event chair and Trinitas vice president Doug Harris.

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The Rotary has also pledged $10,000 to the Trinitas emergency room renovation project that was matched by a generous donor. “This event has a big, positive impact on our community,” said Harris.

“This is a win-win,” explained Harris. “Restaurants get to showcase their finest fare. Everyone loves good food and when it is a great cause like ours, everyone benefits. It is a win-win because we in turn funnel it back to the community.”

This year’s vendors include: Alvarez Café, Bayway Liquors, BarCode, Beach Haus Beer, CATB Liquor Imports, Charles Jacquin Cie, Inc., Climax Brewing Company, Come Grow With Us Gardens, Don Felix Bar & Restaurant, Thomas A. Edison Academy  Culinary Arts School, Eli’s Pizza Pasta, Elizabeth High School Interact Club - Sorbet Table, First Republic Restaurant and Lounge, Gallo Wine Sales of NJ, Garcia’s   Liquor Depot, Garden Restaurant,  Ipanema Restaurant, Leno’s Bar and Grill, Liberty Hall Museum, The Lobby, Nicastro Gourmet Sauces, Noches de Colombia, Noodlefan, Parador Rojo, Pied Piper Liquors, Pinho Bakery, Purity Vodka, Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel, Senor Sangria, ShopRite of Clark, Tequila Bistro, Torna a Sorrento, Tricolory Café & Restaurant, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Tropicana Diner & Bakery, Tumi International Restaurant, Urban Griddle, Valenca Restaurant, and Yoly’s Cuban Café, and World of Liquor.