WEST ORANGE, NJ — Nearly 50 businesses from West Orange and neighboring towns highlighted their best offerings at the Rotary Club of West Orange’s 13th annual Taste of the World event on Monday at Mayfair Farms on Eagle Rock Avenue.
The evening event featured food and beverage tastings, live entertainment and a silent auction with 100 percent of the net proceeds going toward the Rotary Club’s philanthropic purposes.
West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi said he always looks forward to this event, saying that it’s a fun event for a good cause and a unique opportunity for local businesses to promote themselves.
“This is probably the most well-attended event every year,” said Parisi. “It’s obviously a lot of good food, but also a lot of good cheer and businesses from all over town. It’s a really good vibe that Rotary captures each year—It’s always well anticipated and always good fun.”
Mike Cunningham, the General Manager of Bonds Tavern was enthusiastic about the exposure, having only opened in June. He said he hoped guests would taste something they like and come back to the tavern for more.
“I was born and raised in West Orange, so it’s nice to work at bar—I’ve been doing that for a while in West Orange now,” he said. “I’m excited to put that out there that I’m from West Orange born and raised and my family’s been here for generations.”
The Taste of the World event is also intended to support the community’s “shop local” mentality.
According to its website, the Rotary Club of West Orange actively participates in providing college scholarships, providing local third graders with dictionaries, funding a local summer camp for disabled children, supporting the West Orange First Aid Squad and local food banks as well as many other local community organizations and international projects.
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