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West Orange Rotary’s 'Taste of the World' to Offer Tastes from 40 Restaurants Plus Pours of Wines, Beers, and Spirits

John Wise from West Orange Rotary (left) and Richard Stolz, baker and owner of Supreme Bakery in West Orange, shown at 2015 'Taste of the World.' Credits: Amelia V. Panico
John Wise (wearing tie) and personnel from Sandwiches Unlimited overlooking a small part of their "bounteous" table at last year's Rotary event. Credits: Amelia V. Panico

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The public is invited to attend the Rotary Club of West Orange’s 12th Annual “Taste of the World” event on Monday, March 7, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. The event will start at 6 p.m., with an official ending time of 9 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to sample foods from 40 area restaurants and pours of wines, liquors, and beers from local vendors.

There will also be a silent auction boasting restaurant gift certificates, entertainment events and merchandise, as well as a 50/50 raffle. In addition, Sami Eldebs will entertain the crowd by playing '60s and '70s songs and current hits, and the Bradford Hayes & Co. jazz trio will also perform.

All-inclusive $50 admission tickets can be obtained in advance HERE, or from individual Rotary members, at the Supreme Bakery, the Dunst Insurance Group, State Farm Insurance and the Prospect Ridge Veterinary Hospital. Admission at the door will be $60.

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This late-winter fixture could be the “largest ever,” according to organizers: Jeff Dunst of Dunst Insurance Group; Dr. Dorrie A. Cappiello of Prospect Ridge Veterinary Hospital; and Christos Alevras of State Farm Insurance. The trio said there will be 17 new participating vendors and over 500 attendees are expected.

“It is easily evident that the ‘Taste of the World’ draws all of the best restaurants and food and liquor vendors in the North Jersey area,” said Cappiello. “The quality of our restaurants and vendors is exceptional, the food is top notch and we have the best liquor vendors hands down. We are the premier ‘Taste’ event of the year drawing in over 500 patrons.”

Other event sponsors include the following: Levine, Jacobs and Co., Regal Bank, Glen Rock Savings Bank; PSE&G, Arkitecture Plus, Investors Bank, The Hearing Group, Cass Realtors, O’Hara Electric, Brach Eichler, Trenk DiPascuale, Dr. Bill Nadelberg and James J. Huber, DMD.

“This event wouldn't be as successful without the support of the Horns, Mayfair Farms and our sponsors,” said Cappiello.

The growing list of those who will be providing food, drinks, and services includes the following: Advantage Termite and Pest Control, Anheuser-Busch, Argyle Café, Bagelwich Bagel Bakery, Bella Italia, Benji's Tex-Mex Grill, Bill and Harry's Chinese, Chatham  Wines, Essex House, Fairchild’s Market, Fin Rawbar and Kitchen, Honey Baked Ham, Ios Naturals, Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches, Kim’s Sushi, Legal Seafood, Lithos Estiatorio, Mark and Julie's Ice Cream, Mayfair Farms, McLoone's Boathouse, Meatball Obsession, Mesob Ethiopian, Newark Wines and Spirits, Noodle Fan, Oak Barrel Pub, Papillon 25, Peter's of Millburn, The Pink Cupcake, Philly Pretzel Factory, Punzone Vodka, Purity Vodka, Ricalton’s, Romarsi Pesto, Salute Bistro, Sandwiches Unlimited, Sunrise Shoprite Liquors, Supreme Bakery, Suzy Que's BBQ, The Deli Guy, The Table Soul Food, Thom's Saloon, Vital Restaurant and Juice Bar, Warwick Distillery and Winery, West Orange Wings, Whispering Angels Rose, Whole Foods, Wilshire Caterers, Wine Legend, and YiaYia's Greek Cuisine and Pantry.

Main courses, appetizers, breads, condiments, and desserts will be among the evening's offerings, with cuisines including Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican, French, fusion, Chinese and American. Some of the items being prepared especially for Taste guests will include steak, fish, chicken, pasta, breads, bagels, sauces, cheeses, cupcakes, chocolate, and coffee. Soft drinks will also be available.

And, for guests with a thirst for adult beverages, there will be tables filled with wines for lovers of the grape, a selection of beers, plus a showcase of exotic vodkas, gins, and whiskies for spirits aficionados. 

“The taste has steadily grown over the years and we have enjoyed an increase in adult beverage companies,” Cappiello added.

All proceeds from the event will go toward funding local Rotary charitable causes, such as: college scholarships, elementary-education assistance, summer camps for disabled children, and local food banks. The West Orange Rotary also funds many international service projects including those involving disease eradication, pure water, housing, and exchange programs.

“This is our largest fundraiser of the year and the proceeds from ‘The Taste’ allow our club to give away $14,000 in scholarships to West Orange resident seniors and $11,000 in community service awards to local groups that have a great cause,” said Executive Director of the West Orange Downtown Alliance and Rotary member Megan Brill.

Dunst, who is chairing the tasting said, “The Taste of the World" is a "great example of the Rotary slogan 'service above self.'"

He added, "Hundreds of volunteered hours and gallons of sweat from Rotarians, plus selfless participation and donations from vendors will raise thousands to benefit local and international organizations and charities.”

"Best of all, attendees have a great night out with the opportunity to taste a world of flavors from fine restaurants, plus a broad sampling of hard and soft beverages all for one price,” he added. “Just picture 500 people, 40 restaurants, drinks, and music in the classic mansion-like setting of Mayfair Farms. This is truly a one-night festival of fine food and drink."

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