MADISON, NJ - Despite rain that was heavy at times, Monday night's 9th Annual Taste of Madison drew hundreds of business and community leaders as well as public officials and residents to Farleigh Dickinson University for an evening of mouth-watering food and wine tastings. Over twenty-four local restaurants offered food tastings while dozens of wineries provided more than 100 wines that were poured. Silent auction items included Napa Valley wine tastings, New York Jets autographed jerseys, as well as a luxury box donated by the Somerset Patriots, among other items.

Gary Fisch, owner of Gary's Wine & Marketplace and Presenting Sponsor of the Taste of Madison, said that the event is "a great opportunity for the community to get together. " He continued, "The Taste of Madison showcases great food and great wine and the end result is money for local charities, a true win-win."

Noting that last year's Taste raised $45,000 for local charities, Madison Councilman Bob Conley told The Alternative Press, "It's our 9th Annual Taste of Madison. It's been incredible every year and it's getting better each time."

Karen Meyer, Executive Director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce said, "There's no better venue to be at. We have all of Madison in one place here tonight." "I'm very proud to support the Taste of Madison in all three of my capacities - as a Chamber member, a member of the DDC and as a member of the Rotary Club of Madison," added Marsha Ann Zimmerman of Investors Savings Bank.

54 Main was one of the restaurants that participated in the Taste of Madison this year. General Manager Bobby Bunio said that he and his staff were excited to be participating. 54 Main served sesame encrusted scallops with mango aioli and Texas barbeque pulled chicken. Robert Ubhaus, owner of both Rob's Bistro and Resto in Madison added that participating in the Taste of Madison, "is a great way to support the community."

All proceeds from the event will be equally divided among the three non-profit organizations involved with the Taste of Madison Committee: the Rotary Club of Madison, the Madison Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Development Commission. The funds will then be used for town events, business development, and to benefit local, national, and international projects, charities and other area non-profits. Some of these local charities and non-profits include the Madison Arts & Cultural Alliance, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, the Madison Senior Citizen Center, the Madison Teen Center, and many others.