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Serving up samples from Firefly American Bistro & Bar. Photo courtesy of Taste of the Towns.




Taste of the Towns

When: Friday, March 27, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Radisson Hotel Nashua, 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua
Tickets: $65 
Visit: nashuacenter.org/taste-of-the-towns or facebook.com/NashuaCenterAnnualTOTs 




Many towns for many tastes
Annual tasting benefit returns to Nashua

03/26/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Instead of highlighting the cuisine of just one town, Nashua Center, which provides community-based programs and services to those living with developmental disabilities, will bring together restaurants, winemakers and beverage distributors from multiple communities for the 13th annual Taste of the Towns wine/food tasting and benefit auction on Friday, March 27.

Brian Young, Nashua Center executive director, noticed the rise of local tastings over a decade ago and thought a different approach might work too. 
“We said, ‘Let’s look out beyond this one community, because Nashua Center … [has] a strong presence in Hillsborough and Rockingham county,” Young said in a phone interview. 
This year’s 18 participating locations are a mixture of returning restaurants that have been a part of the event for many years as well as newcomers that join together at Radisson Hotel Nashua to create “a wonderful smelling grand ballroom,” Young said.
“We have restaurants as far east as Salem, as far south as Chelmsford/Tyngsboro [Mass.], as far west as Milford, as far north as Manchester,” he said. “So we are a very inclusive event for southern New Hampshire and the border state.”
A new feature this year is the introduction of craft beers, with Craft Beer Cellar and From The Barrel Brewing Company joining in. Those pouring wine include Pine State Trading Co., Kinky Liqueur, Labelle Winery, Candia Vineyards and Zorvino Vineyards.
The diverse cuisines at Taste of the Towns include B. Good, Ipswich Clambake, Creative Cakes by Debby, Kurry Masala, Mr. Mac’s, Peddler’s Daughter, Pressed Cafe, Shade Bar and Grille and more. 
“We try to do that on purpose just to give people different options,” Young said. “It’s a moving activity, we like to say, so people aren’t stuck at tables because people are moving, walking around, taking little samples. And these restaurants, they come prepared.” 
The restaurants are given free rein as to what items they choose to bring, Young said.
The tasting portion of the evening will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m., followed by a live auction and silent auction, a wine raffle and a Fund-A-Need. For this year’s Fund-A-Need, Young will talk about employment for people with disabilities and then lead a time for guests to contribute at different levels. 
“When Fund-A-Need happens, the event becomes intimate because they know they’re investing in people, for the people of Nashua Center with disabilities to go out and find work,” Young said.
“You get to eat, drink, be happy and give to a great cause,” he said. “My feeling is how lucky are we to have so much support and generosity from corporate sponsors, local restaurants, local wineries, beer, individuals, just the community at large has been really supportive. We have such incredible food that’s coming our way.” 
 
As seen in the March 26, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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