LIVINGSTON, NJ — Showcasing the diverse restaurants of the Livingston area, the 13th annual Livingston Sunrise Rotary Food Tasting on Monday at Livingston’s Westminster Hotel will once again benefit Rotary Charities and Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

On Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., a silent auction, tricky tray, and live auction on a number of items will accompany the many local restaurants that have provided food and drink for this event. In addition to the 35 food vendors, there will also be 38 tricky tray baskets to be raffled off as well as a pair of signed Alex Rodriquez shoes, which the baseball player wore specifically for training.

“This is the Livingston Sunrise Rotary’s largest fundraiser of the year and it has grown over the past 12 years to the extravagant food and wine tasting that it has become,” said Rotary member Monte Ehrenkranz. “We look forward to hearing from Nyla Edwards, Miss Pre-Teen NJ, who was a patient of the NICU when she was born.”

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According to member Scott Maynard, the Rotary knew from the beginning that it would need a major annual fundraiser for a specific project. The Rotary chose the NICU as the recipient of their efforts because it is one of the top five NICUs in the country.

“We’ve given over $1 million to the neonatal unit since we’ve been doing this,” said Maynard. “It’s become a very well-known project that we’re continuing.”

With the first Rotary Duck Race this summer, the Rotary added a second major annual fundraising project, providing funds for several different charities.

Maynard said the Rotary expects more than 350 people to attend Monday’s event. Tickets are available for $80 each at the door or at one of the following locations: Coldwell Banker Realtors; Haven Savings Bank; Investors Bank; Jan Press Photomedia; Livingston Chiropractic; PIP Printing; Regal Bank; and Keller William.

The following restaurants will be represented at the 2016 food and wine tasting:

1) Anthony's Coal Fired

2) Baked Boquet

3) Boon Thai

4) Calabrias

5) Chef Sean Wilson

6) Coco Bella

7) Culinary /concepts

8) Dinosaur BBQ

9) Don Jose Mexican

10) Aru Sushi

11) Eppes Essen

12) Fan Bistro

13) Figenza Vodka

14) Godfather

15) Grato

16) Greek Taverna

17) Hakata Ramen

18) Jersey Spirits Distillery

19) Livingston Bagel

20) Lithos

21) Maize

22) Mark & Julie's Ice Cream

23) Neros

23) Olive Garden

24) Panevino

25) Pan & Grill

26) Porto by Antonio

27) Ritz Diner

28) Sedexo

29) Senoritas

30) Strip House

31) Super Duper Bagels

32) Tabor Road Tavern

33) The Landmark

34) Tutto Fresco

35) Wine Legend

For more information, call Monte Ehrenkranz at 973-767-0600 or visit