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A Taste of Summit Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

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Barbara Bate enjoys the event with longtime friend and Summit Historical Society Treasurer, Angela Schneller, who organized the event. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Natale's Summit Bakery showcased a stunning cake commemorating the 25th Anniversary of The Summit Historical Society. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Bernard Deutsch, Lorena Rodriguez, Ashling Carr and Kenneth Rodriguez relax and enjoy A Taste of Summit. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Jim and Carol Donahoo enjoy a dish from Anna's Ristorante at the event. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Summit firefighters Ken Jenks, Bill Murphy, David Guida, Thomas Murray, Chief Joseph Houck, Tim Deutsch and Lou Vecchia stand in front of the engine, which is being restored by the city's fire department and the Summit Historical Society. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Fortnightly Club members Lorraine Boyer, Eileen Rath, Lynn Reed and Lori Dahl, also a Summit Historical Society board member, socialize and sample tastings at A Taste of Summit. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Staff and family members of Joe's Pizzeria & Vittoria Ristorante serve up smiles and samples during A Taste of Summit. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Summit High School sophomores and Key Club members Nick Lalicato and James Strobley stroll through A Taste of Summit showcasing renderings of the city's historic buildings. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Summit Historical Society board member Sheila Deutsch, Mayor Ellen Dickson, Summit Historical Society board member Thomas Yoder and Maria Zazzera enjoy A Taste of Summit, where hundreds came out to support the event. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Summit Historical Society President Christine Siepert-Smith takes a moment with Brian Finn and Jim Owens of Winberie's Restaurant & Bar. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Overlook Medical Center's Executive Chef, Todd H. Daigneault, prepared Yakima Duck with Cherry Croustade for the event. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Marie Turtur stops to get some pasta from Jesse McNamee of Joe's Pizzeria & Ristorante.   Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Pat Smith, her daughter, Cheryl, and John Soltis enjoy the evening. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Zappia's Monica Rodriguez serves pizza to Marie Avagliano at A Taste of Summit. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Firefighter Tim Deutsch, drove the city's 1927 Chemical Engine No. 1 from the Summit Fire House, where it currently resides, to The Grand Summit Hotel for the 25th Anniversary of A Taste of Summit. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Carter, named for the historic Carter House, sits on Chemical Engine No. 1 outside of The Grand Summit Hotel. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Ed Natale of Natale's Summit Bakery serves a slice of cake to Nancy Boucher, Summit Historical Society board member.   Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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Zachary and Donna served up sweets and treats from Sweet Nothings during A Taste of Summit on March 25. Credits: Stacey McEvoy
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SUMMIT, NJ - Hundreds of people came out on Sunday to celebrate the Summit Historical Society's 25th Anniversary of A Taste of Summit. Attendees were treated to savory dishes and sweet treats from 20 local restaurants and food shops.
 
While the Summit Historical Society relies on membership contributions, donations and grants throughout the year, A Taste of Summit is the organization's major fundraising event that helps maintain its headquarters at the Carter House, the grounds and the archives.
 
 
Held at The Grand Summit Hotel, the event also featured the Summit Fire Department's venerable 1927 Chemical Engine No. 1, a part of the city's lore and tradition, that currently resides at the Summit Fire House.  Money is currently being raised so that the firetruck can reside at The Carter House on Butler Parkway. 
 
The engine was driven to the hotel's grounds for the event.  Friends of the Firetruck, a collaborative effort between the city's fire department and the historical society, has been restoring the engine and planning how it will be showcased. The Summit Common Council passed a resolution last year allowing the fire department to relocate the engine to the Carter House, the oldest structure in the city.

 
Friends of the Firetruck raffle prizes included a stay at the DeBary Inn, dinner at the Hat Tavern, jewelry and a Creative Wallcoverings gift certificate.
 
Participating restaurant and food shops included: Anna's Ristorante, Brownie Points Bakery, Fiorino Ristorante, food., Hat Tavern, Huntley Taverne, Joe's Pizzeria & Vittoria Ristorante, King's Catering, La Pasteria, Marco Polo Restaurant & Tavern, Natale's Summit Bakery, The Office Beer, Bar & Grill, Overlook Food & Nutrition Services, Roots Steakhouse, Starbucks Coffee, The Summit Diner, Sweet Nothings, Towne Deli, Winberie's Restaurant & Bar and Zappia's.
 
Sponsors included: Coldwell Banker Realtors in Summit, Hilltop Community Bank, Somerset Hills Bank and Overlook Medical Center.

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