SUMMIT, NJ - Over three hundred residents, business owners and public officials crammed the ballroom and Atrium of the Grand Summit Hotel on Sunday night for the Summit Historical Society's twenty-third annual "A Taste of Summit." Those spotted in the ballroom included Councilman Tom Getzendanner, Councilman Steve Murphy, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, CEO of the Summit Area YMCA Darrell Johnson, and Maureen Kelly of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce, among others. Twenty-one local restaurants volunteered their time and food for the event and offered everything from tomato bisque to cannoli.
Chris Siepert, a trustee of the Summit Historical Society and coordinator of this year's Taste of Summit said, "It came together really nicely. The twenty-one restaurants participate at their expense and it is great to have so many willing to participate." Lynn Forsell of the Society added, "This was a board-wide effort to put together. We're hoping we have something for everyone." "We are hoping for a great turnout again this year. This is the main fundraiser that supports the Society. The Society is only supported through private donations," Forsell said.
Twenty-one restaurants participated in this year's Taste including Applegate Farm, Bona Vita Osteria, Brownie Points Bakery, Fiorino Ristorante, food, The Hunt Club Steak & Seafood Grill, Huntley Tavern, Joe's Pizzeria & Vittoria Ristorante, King's Catering, La Pastaria, Marco Polo, Natale's Summit Bakery, Negeen Persian Grill, The Office, Roots Steakhouse, Starbucks, The Summit Diner, Sweet Nothings, Tito's Burritos, Towne Deli, and JB Winberies.
David Murphy and Anthony Ferratti from Towne Deli were dishing out some delicious favorites to a long line of attendees. Murphy said that it is Towne Deli's third year participating. "We love coming here. We really get to put our food out there for many people of Summit and we enjoy doing so."
Leslie Johnson, the Catering Coordinator for the Kings in Short Hills, said that Kings has participated in the Taste for over twenty years. "This is a great tasting to attend. It helps remind customers of our offerings. We're a full service catering service, soup to nuts. We can cater for a group as small as four and up to four hundred."
"Winberies is celebrating our twenty-fifth anniversary this year and we love doing the Taste every year. We're happy to be part of the Summit community," said owner Jim Owens.
Rob Markowitz from Tito's Burritos was busy providing tastes of burritos for the attendees. He said, "We're just doing our part to keep the burrito element alive and well in Summit."
Summit resident and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-21) told The Alternative Press, "I'm thrilled to be here. It's great for downtown Summit that we do this. It's always good for the economy if we have people support our businesses."