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Chefs and Designers Join Forces to Raise Funds for Project Self-Sufficiency

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Elite sponsors of A Taste of Talent gather in support of Project Self-Sufficiency at Perona Farms.
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“A Taste of Talent” will be held at Perona Farms on behalf of Project Self-Sufficiency on Monday, April 22nd, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  In addition to sampling hors d’oeuvres, entrees and desserts from more than 25 area restaurants, patrons will be invited to bid on table arrangements created by several local designers.  Each table may contain place settings for eight, art objects, and decorative items centered on the theme of “Dinner and Movie.”  The highest bidder will take home the contents of the entire table.  Now in its 17th year, “A Taste of Talent”, will benefit Project Self-Sufficiency, a local non-profit agency specializing in services for low-income families in Sussex, Morris, Warren and Hunterdon counties.  Sponsorships for the event range from $500 - $25,000, and a limited number of individual tickets are available at a cost of $200. 

Stations from more than 25 of the area’s finest restaurants will be placed throughout Perona Farms, allowing patrons to meet and mingle with the chefs while sampling some of their most renowned dishes.  Guests will be invited to stroll through the cavernous kitchen at Perona Farms and witness a cooking demonstration by Executive Chef Kirk Avondoglio.  

Hopatcong Mayor Sylvia Petillo and her husband Ron will be serving as Honorary Chairpersons of the 2013 A Taste of Talent.  “A Taste of Talent 2013 is an extraordinary event where you can gather with friends to enjoy the culinary talents of more than 25 well-known chefs from across the tri-state area,” noted Sylvia.    “This annual fundraiser benefits Project Self-Sufficiency and enables them to continue to reach out to families in need.  Over the years, Project Self-Sufficiency has been an oasis of hope throughout Sussex County giving families the strategies and confidence they need to rebuild, to strengthen and to change their lives forever.”

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Frances and George Delgado, owners of George’s Wine & Gourmet Gallery in Branchville, will be serving as Culinary Chairpersons for this year’s event.   “There is a need in this community for the kind of social services provided by Project Self-Sufficiency,” commented Frances.  “I firmly believe in education and I am a big supporter of the kind of services which help children to have a better life.  My husband, George, and I are proud to serve as Culinary Chairpersons of this year’s ‘A Taste of Talent.’”

Participating restaurants will include Perona Farms, A Chocolate Lab, Andre’s Restaurant & Wine Boutique, Café Pierrot, The Chatterbox, The Chocolate Goat Gift Shoppe, Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream, De Beragga & Spitler, Forno Italiano, Fossil Farms, George’s Wine & Gourmet Gallery, Homestead Rest, Innova Cuisine, Krave Café & Caterers, Main Street Grille, Mosefund Farm, Park West Tavern, Pig & Prince, Pizza Bistro, Ristorante Il Porto, Riviera Maya, Salt Gastro Pub, Salt Studio, Springhouse Dairy, Tanti Baci Caffe,  and Transatlantic Foods.

“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.  “We are delighted by the support we continue to receive from the restaurateurs and designers in our area.   Project Self-Sufficiency is in need of the community’s support now more than ever.  Due to the current economic situation, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of low-income families requesting assistance.  ‘A Taste of Talent’ provides a wonderful opportunity for people to reach out and help their neighbors at this difficult time.”

Esteemed local designers who will be participating in “A Taste of Talent” include Patricia Bruterri, Sweet P.E.A.’s; Holly George, Holly George Interior Design; Melissa Mauro-Duffy, Fine Design; Jacky Murphy, Victory Frame Shop; Ellyn Norwillo, AMA Designs; and Alicia Shearer, Alicia Shearer Interior Design.  Table designs will feature items associated with the movies Alice in Wonderland, Casablanca, Lincoln, The Artist, and Moonstruck.  The contents of each table will be available to patrons during a Silent Auction. 

As usual, music will be an integral part of A Taste of Talent, with ensembles and soloists set up in just about every room at Perona Farms.  The “Meant to be Jazz” trio will perform throughout the evening, along with musical siblings Katie and Andrew Van Varick, and musical artists Carol and Gary Kraemer.

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 19,500 families, including over 30,000 children

Select donation categories are available for “A Taste of Talent,” ranging from $500 - $25,000.  A limited number of tickets for individual donations are available at a cost of $200.  Perona Farms is located at 350 Andover-Sparta Road in Andover.  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, call 973-940-3500.

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