Food & Drink

Annual Taste of Summit Draws Crowd, Raises Funds for Historical Society

Chef Jeff Wierzbicki and General Manager Jim Owens of Winberies Restaurant & Bar Credits: Kimberly A. Bolognini
James Surprenant of Marco Polo Restaurant and Tavern Credits: Kimberly A. Bolognini
Angela Schneller, chair of the event and treasurer of the Historical Society. Credits: Kimberly A. Bolognini
Summit Councilman Tom Getzendanner thanks Ed Natale (along with 20 other food establishments) for supporting the Historical Society's 26th annual fundraiser at Summit Grand Hotel Sunday night. More than 200 patrons celebrated another year of local history while enjoying food and friendship in this unique traditional gathering.  Proceeds from event benefit SHS's all-volunteer Carter House museum (constructed 1741) at 90 Butler Parkway. Credits: Tom Getzendanner

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Historical Society held the 26th Annual Taste of Summit Sunday evening at the Grand Summit Hotel.

Nearly 20 restaurants and bakeries participated in the tasting and according to Angela Schneller, chair of the event and treasurer of the Historical Society, between 250 to 300 people were in attendance.

Schneller explained that all money raised, which included the $45 admission fee per person, will go towards the Historical Society.

“This is always a wonderful event that people enjoy. It’s one of the highlights of the year for Summit,” Schneller said.

General Manager of Winberies Restaurant and Bar, located on 2 Kent Blvd Pl, Jim Owens, said that he and the staff decided to participate in the fundraiser to support the community.

“It’s important to be a part of the community and this event also gives us the opportunity to see a lot of our patrons as well as meet potential new ones,” Owens said.

Chef Jeff Wierzbicki served Cajun macaroni and cheese and according to he and Owens, there was great feedback and many came back for additional tastes.

“We love being in down town Summit and it’s a great historical town to be a part of,” Owens said.

Marco Polo Restaurant & Tavern of 527 Morris Ave also participated in the fundraiser.

Server James Surprenant said that the restaurant attends every year because they like to give back.

“We like to contribute to the community often and give back. It’s also great exposure,” Surprenant said.

The restaurant offered tortellini alfredo with peas and ham.

He added that Marco Polo is one of the original restaurants in Summit and has been in town for 50 years.

Some other participating restaurants and food shops included Brownie Points Bakery, Fiorino Ristorante, Hat Tavern and Roots Steakhouse.

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