LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting its 12th Annual Food and Wine Tasting at the Westminster Hotel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 for the benefit of the Saint Barnabas Medical Care Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Rotary Charities and other 501©(3) charities. Tickets are now available for $80 online, at different locations around town and at the door on the day of the event.
This event, which typically attracts more than 400 guests, will showcase the diverse restaurants and merchants of the West Essex area, including Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Mark & Julie’s Ice Cream, Philly Pretzel and more. The Rotary Club invites anyone in the area to join them as they host all-you-can-eat samples of fine food, wines and liquors and a “tricky tray” with raffles, gift baskets and more.
“Every year is a huge success and somehow it keeps getting better,” said Damien Caillault, Livingston Sunrise Rotary President. “This is our biggest annual event; it allows us to make a significant impact by helping the Saint Barnabas NICU, to which we donated over $100,000 over the years. It literally helps us save children.”
According to Caillault, the Livingston Sunrise Rotary is most looking forward to meeting four-year-old girl who was born at 24 weeks and spent 99 days at the Saint Barnabas NICU. In addition to helping save children, the money raised also allows the Sunrise Rotary to fund projects that help Nepalese rebuild their homes and schools, kids in Orange get their own dictionaries, or the local First Aid Squad.
“We would like to thank all the restaurants that are coming to satisfy our appetite and our curiosity, as well as all the local businesses who donated gifts,” said Caillault. “It seems that our “gift baskets” are going to be more tempting than last year.”
According to Caillault, people who come to this event always come back. Caillault said he hopes the usual guests continue to bring friends so that the Rotarians can make and even bigger difference.
Tickets are being sold around town at Coldwell Banker Realtors; Haven Savings Bank; Investors Bank; Jan Press Photomedia; Livingston Chiropractic; PIP Printing; Regal Bank and Weichert Realtors.
The following is the current list of vendors attending the event:
Anthony's Coal Fired
Cedar Hill CC
Chef Sean Wilson
Delightful Abundence/ Culinary Concepts
Desserts by DeMunno
EH & Brookside Diner
Figenza Mediterannean Fig Vodka
Mark & Julie's Ice Cream
Martini Bistro/ Bar
Pan & Grill
Super Duper Bagels
Vital Restaurant & Juice Bar
Zizza Bakery/ Deli
The Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace. The Club embraces the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” through its numerous service projects during the year.