MADISON, NJ - The new more casual twist proved a recipe for success at The Taste Of Madison Monday evening at the Park Avenue Club. 

Hundreds of local attendees enjoyed the areas top food and drink presentations from area restaurants and retailers.  

New to the 'Taste' for 2016 was an upstairs beer garden room with small batch and interesting micro brews. 

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"The beer was a great addition," said one party goer.  "It is great to enjoy a few brews after all the wine we tasted downstairs in the ballroom."

Also on hand was a rum distillery and craft cocktails poured by a mixologist from The Park Avenue Club.

"The Taste this year drew in an even bigger crowd," said Karen Giambra Executive Director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce. "We had nine new restaurants join in the event this year, which is fantastic."

Attendees were treated to specialty bites by many restaurants, including seared scallops over creamy polenta, braised short ribs, sushi, gourmet burger sliders and lobster ravioli.

The Taste of Madison is an annual event.