WEST ORANGE, NJ – The 18th annual Taste of Essex, hosted by the North Essex Chamber of Commerce (NECC), aims to be better than ever this year with dozens of restaurants participating, special activities, such as chair massages and a 50-50 drawing, as well as prizes for best savory and sweet dishes at The Manor in West Orange on April 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The evening will also include entertainment, courtesy of Any Excuse for a Party! Of Fairfield, Magician David Corsaro, The Creativity Caravan, Musician Tom Pimpinelli, Elements Massage of Nutley and Maxum Cigars.

Taste of Essex showcases dozens of Essex County restaurants, as well as spirits purveyors, all in one location. It is an opportunity for restaurants to promote their offerings and grow their business and for attendees to sample food from a variety of restaurants across the county.

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“Essex County continues to grow as a popular dining destination,” said Michael Daniels, president of the NECC. “We hope that people will join us for what promises to be an exciting evening of outstanding food and much more.”

The cuisine at the Taste of Essex will include Mexican, Italian, Asian, Brazilian, Greek, American, Irish pub food and lots more. Awards will be presented for the best savory and sweet cuisine.

Tickets for the 2018 Taste of Essex are $40 for chamber members and $50 for non-members if paid by April 8, or $80 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

Participating restaurants this year include:

Ah' Pizz

​Ani Ramen House

Asahda's Restaurant & No. 413 Banquet Hall

Baccus Fine Wine

Benji's Taqueria Mexican Grill

Bom Bom

Brick Lane Curry
Caldwell Market Place

CATB Liquor Import

Claremont Distilled Spirits

Cowan's Public

Culinary Academy 360

Dingman's Dairy

Frank Anthony's Gourmet Italian

Green Point Juicery

Horseneck Tavern

Jerry's Vodka

Jersey Spirits Distilling Co.

Juli-Anne's Tropical Kitchen

Krunch Kitchen

Luna Woodfire Tavern

Mark and Julie's Homemade Ice Cream

Nellz Sweet Retreat

Organic Vintages

Par 440

Rooted Pear

Saki's Cuisine

ShopRite of West Caldwell/Liquors

ShopRite of West Caldwell/Sunrise Kitchen

Spectrum Spirits

The Barrow House

The Eclectic Chic Boutique

The Guac Spot

The Manor

This event has been made possible through financial support from United Way of Northern New Jersey, Lifelong Investments, Spencer Savings Bank - North Caldwell, Van Dyk Manor Nursing Home, Caring Hands Healthcare Services, Inc., Kearny Bank – Fairfield, K Macken Landscaping LLC, Smolin & Co. P.A., and Asahda's Restaurant & No.413 Banquet Hall.

A portion of the proceeds from the Taste of Essex will go toward the North Essex Chamber Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to high school seniors in Essex County.