Northwestern New Jersey’s premier culinary fundraising event, A Taste of Talent, will be held at the Conservatory on the Sussex County Fairgrounds on behalf of local non-profit agency Project Self-Sufficiency on Monday, May 4th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Patrons are invited to mingle with chefs from more than 40 celebrated area restaurants while feasting on appetizers, entrees and desserts.  The epicurean event raises funds for the non-profit agency which specializes in services for low-income families in Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon and Warren.  Sponsorships for A Taste of Talent range from $500 - $30,000, and a limited number of individual tickets are available at a cost of $200.  The event will take place in the Conservatory, as well as the adjacent buildings and courtyard; on site tents and food trucks will round out the affair.  Volunteer musicians will perform throughout the space.  A cooking demonstration will be given by Culinary Co-Chairpersons Andre de Waal, Executive Chef of Andre’s Lakeside Dining, and Perona Farms Executive Chef Kirk Avondoglio.


Invited restaurants include Perona Farms; Andre’s Lakeside Dining; 4 Seasons Mediterranean Restaurant; 403 Broad; Alice’s; Asian Island; Atlantic Manor; Black Forest Inn; Benares; The Bernards Inn; Bistro 46; Bistro Leo; Bloom; Blossom Asian Bistro; Blue Fish Grill; Blue Heron Tavern; Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse; Buck Hill Brewery; Café Chameleon; Café e Dolci; Café Pierrot; Caffe NaVona; Candy Apple; Chianti Cow; Cinder’s Woodfire Grill & Craft Bar; The Chocolate Goat Gift Shop; The Clay Oven; Claremont Tavern; Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream; Cloveberry; Columbia Inn Restaurant; The Committed Pig; Cravin Thai; Crepe Time Catering; David Burke Tavern; DeBragga, New York’s Butcher; Domodomo; Fascino; Faubourg; Felina Restaurant; Fenwick Catering & Events; Fogwood & Fig; Forager’s Market & Table; Fordham University, Lincoln Center; Fossil Farms; Fran’s Farmhouse Kitchen; Front Porch Organics; George’s Wine & Gourmet Gallery; Grain & Cane; Grand Café; Green Cart Catering; Gourmet Gallery; Hayek’s Market; Heirloom Kitchen; Horseshoe Tavern; Hotel Fauchere; The Hummingbird House; Hyde Away Restaurant & Tap Room; Inspiration Roll; James on Main; Jesse Jones, Chef to the Stars; Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen; The Inn at Mill Race Pond; Krave Café & Caterers; Krough’s; Lake Mohawk Country Club; L’Amico; Lola Restaurant; Lorraine Cake Shop & Tea Room; Mad-Mac; Mama’s Café Baci; Maria Bonita; Meeting House; Mr. Crabby’s; The Mohawk House; Newton Sports Bar & Kitchen; Ninety Acres Culinary Center; Non Pareli; North Shore House; Oldwick General Store; Pandan Room; Park West Tavern; Pattycakes Bake Shop; The Pasta Shop; Pies on Wheels; Pluckemin Inn; Portofino’s; Restaurant Latour; Restaurant Serenade; Ristorante Il Porto; Riviera Maya; Rod’s Steak & Seafood Grill; Ryland Inn; St. Moritz Bar & Grill; Slamich Scratch Kitchen; South + Pine; Shannon’s Eyes on the Pies; Spoonful; The Station at Mountain Lakes; Stone Water; Springhouse Creamery; SubUrban Bar & Kitchen; Sussex County Community College Culinary Arts; Tanti Baci Caffe; Tap House Grill; Toscana Trattoria Ristorante; Town Bar & Kitchen; Twist on Thai Café; Two Teaspoons; Viaggio; Walpack Inn; wheelHouse Kitchen & Bar; White Birch; Windy Brow Farms; Yetter’s Diner; and others.

“A Taste of Talent is our signature fundraising event and the cornerstone of our annual campaign,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “Funds raised by A Taste of Talent make it possible for Project Self-Sufficiency to provide the programs and services necessary for families in northwestern New Jersey to attain economic self-sufficiency.  We continue to be humbled by the support we receive from the restaurateurs in our area and we are looking forward to a delightful event.”

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Project Self-Sufficiency is a private non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey.  The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to improve their lives and the lives of their children while achieving personal and economic self-sufficiency and family stability.  Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 25,000 families.


Select donation categories are available for A Taste of Talent, ranging from $500 - $30,000.  A limited number of tickets for individual donations are available at a cost of $200.  The Conservatory is located at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta.  To make a contribution to Project Self-Sufficiency, to obtain tickets to A Taste of Talent, or to find out more information about the programs and services available at the agency, visit or call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.