SUMMIT, NJ - Celebrity Chef Rossella Rago, from YouTube's ''Cooking with Nonna' fame, will make a special appearance as the Summit Historical Society's tasty fundraiser, "The Taste of Summit," is held at The Grand Summit Hotel on March 26.

Rago will sign copies of her just-published debut cookbook Cooking with Nonna, which features easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and mouthwatering photos. Her cookbook provides culinary journey through Italy, and includes more than 100 classic Italian recipes, along with advice and stories from 25 beloved Italian grandmothers.

The 30th Annual "Taste of Summit," beginning at 6 p.m., allows attendees to dine and socialize with their family, friends and neighbors, and offers a gourmet extravaganza featuring more than 20 of Summit’s finest restaurants and food merchants.

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Each restaurant will be serving delicious 'tastes' showcasing their special dishes spanning many cuisines, including Italian, Japanese, American and Mexican. There will also be scrumptious desserts from Summit’s finest bakers and a cash bar.

The event is designed for the entire family, with parents able to indulge in their favorite bites, while tastes children -- ages 6 - 12 -- will enjoy their own eats and special activities while listening to music from local favorite Paul Fessock of Summit’s World of Rock.  

During the "Taste of Summit," one raffle ticket will be drawn with the lucky winner receiving a Private Craft Beer Dinner for 20.  The craft beers will be supplied by New Jersey’s own Kane Brewery, and the food will be catered by chefs from the Grand Summit Hotel’s HAT Tavern.

Raffle tickets, priced at $10 each, are now on sale at the Carter House, located at 90 Butler Parkway in Summit on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesdays, from 1 - 4 p.m., or at the HAT Tavern on Monday to Sunday. 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Only 600 tickets will be sold.

The "Taste of Summit" is the key fundraiser for the Summit Historical Society, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Summit through the Carter House Museum and its archives.

All of the funds raised will help the Society continue its mission of safeguarding records, documents, maps, books and artifacts as well as antique furnishings and clothes connected to the history of Summit and making them available to the public at the Carter House, the oldest house in Summit.   

Tickets for the Taste of Summit are now on sale and priced at $50 per adult and $20 per child (ages 6 through 12).  To purchase a ticket, call 908-277-1747 or send a check, payable to The Summit Historical Society, to PO Box 464, Summit, NJ 07902-0464. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

For more information visit summithistoricalsociety.org, contact summithistoricalsociety@gmail.com or call  908-277-1747.

The Grand Summit Hotel is located at 570 Springfield Avenue.