By John Lynds
For over two decades, the annual Taste of Eastie has become a local culinary tradition that brings the neighborhood and old friends together through food. The event’s success has long been attributed to its perfect blend of community, camaraderie and cuisine—and this year will be no exception.
This year’s 22nd Annual Taste of Eastie will kickoff at the Logan Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.
Each year the event’s organizer, East Boston Main Streets (EBMS), captures the experience of bringing friends and family together to enjoy great food, each other’s company and celebrate the community—because in Eastie, dinner is as much about spending time with friends and family as it is about the food.
“East Boston Main Streets is thrilled to be hosting the 22nd consecutive Taste of Eastie on January 25,” said EBMS Director Max Gruner. “The thirty or so participating restaurants are a great reflection of the diversity, hard work, and entrepreneurship that make Eastie’s culinary scene one of the best in the state.”
Food and fun highlight this wonderful evening that also includes raffles and auctions. Over thirty local food merchants will showcase their delicious cuisine, including tastes from South and Central America, the Mediterranean, China, the Middle East, Italy and Australia.
“Whether you are already an Eastie-food addict or looking to try food from our fantastic neighborhood restaurants for the first time, this is your night,” said Gruner.
As in years past, Taste of Eastie will feature a silent auction and raffle.Last year, more than 300 Eastie residents and residents from neighboring communities reached into their pockets and gave something back to Eastie by supporting this longstanding fundraiser to support of EBMS. The event raised nearly $20,000 to fund EBMS’s community improvement projects.
Restaurants from Eastie and surrounding communities will again pitch in to help EBMS pull off another successful Taste of Eastie and at the same time showcased their cooking talents.
Gruner added that the event is more than a culinary showcase and has evolved into a community gathering that celebrates Eastie’s diversity, pageantry and love of friends and family.
Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-eastie-2018-tickets-41055145044 or the Main Streets office at 154 Maverick Street. For more details or questions please contact EBMS at [email protected] or call (617) 561-1044.
Participating restaurants in this year’s Taste of Eastie include;
Peaches & Cream
Sammy Carlos Catering
Meridian Food Market
Albert Russo Imports
Fazenda Coffee Roasters