ELIZABETH, NJ – The 400 ticket holders at the Annual Taste of Elizabeth got their money’s worth and went home with a full stomach on October 19, after sampling the best dishes and beverages from the area’s restaurants and food vendors.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Elizabeth, the Taste of Elizabeth, which took place at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel, in Elizabeth, has become a tradition in the city with a growing following each year.

“I chaired the first event when it was The Taste of the Towns, and it has become a winning formula because every year we see it getting better and better," said Rotary member Doug Harris, vice president of marketing and public relations at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. "Food tasting was a novelty when we started. You just didn’t hear of them, but is a win-win for everybody. It’s a win-win for restaurants because they get to put their best dishes into the mouths of hundreds of people. It’s a win-win for visitors because they get to taste samples from 40 vendors. It’s a win-win for non-profits because they sell tickets.”

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Ken Richuso who organizes the event added, “Every penny goes to scholarships. We also give dictionaries to every third grader in Elizabeth, Hillside along with thousands of dollars to non-profits.”    

Taste of Elizabeth was co-sponsored by the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, and Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

The list of participating vendors:

Alvarez Café

Bayway Liquors

Beach Haus Beer

CATB Liquors

Charles Jacquins Cie. Inc

Climax Brewing Co

Come Grow with us Gardens

Thomas A. Edison Academy Culinary Arts

Elizabeth Avenue partnership

Gallo Wine Sales of NJ

Garcia’s Liquor Depot

Garden Restaurant

Leno’s bar & Gril

Liberty Hall Museum

The Lobby


Nicastro Gourmet Sauces

Noches de Colombia

Pinho Bakery

Premier Vodka

Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel

Senor sangria

ShopRite of Clark

Tapeo Restaurant

Tequila’s Grill

Torna a Sorrento

Tricolory Café & restaurant

Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Tropicana Diner & bakery

Tumi International restaurant


Valenca Restaurant