3/7/2013 - Spoil your taste buds while helping the Nashua Center at the Taste of the Towns Wine and Food Tasting.
The 11th annual event will be held Friday, March 15, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, bringing together some of the area’s best restaurants, bakeries, wineries and breweries.
The benefit supports the Nashua Center, a non-profit providing early intervention and vocational services, residential programs and non-medical in-home care. As the organization celebrates 40 years, it’s looking to the future by further defining its direction and message. This year’s Taste of the Towns theme, Black & White, encompasses the culture and principles of the organization.
Each year more than 450 people attend Taste of the Towns, which has raised more than $700,000 to date. Guests are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance, as it typically sells out.
“This event allows us to educate the public about who we are as we approach 40 years, and it is heartwarming that people outside of our direct circle recognize us,” said Brian Young, executive director of the Nashua Center. “To see the outpouring of support, it just puts into the limelight all of the services we provide for people, from birth all through their lives. It is a time to celebrate and thank people for supporting us.”
In between samples, guests can visit the photo fun booth, donated by Sweet Shot Photography, and take pictures with an array of black and white props. They’re also encouraged to share their favorite dishes on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter throughout the night using #NashuaCenter.
Area restaurants promise to tempt the palate with a variety of cuisines, complemented by desserts, wines and brews.
Visit the Bertucci’s table to sample the smoked mozzarella ravioli in a light cream sauce, finished with basil and Romano cheese. Carrabba’s will offer samples of beef brasato, which is slow-cooked boneless beef shortribs topped with rich wine vegetable sauce over orzo pasta.
Follow the shortribs up with a cannoli, an Italian pastry shell filled with a chocolate chip mixture of ricotta and mascarpone cheeses.
Rib fans will also want to make stops at Manchester’s Firefly American Bar and Bistro table for some braised beef shortribs over cheesy polenta. The Homestead Restaurant will be serving barbecue baby back ribs for a different twist.
Because everything is better with bacon, Copper Door in Bedford will be serving up bacon-wrapped shrimp with whole-grain mustard and wild honey.
Giorgio’s Ristorante and Martini Bar is offering its take on Greek cuisine with a Spartan roasted lamb gyro, lemon and thyme roasted potatoes and homemade tzatziki sauce.
For seafood lovers, Napa East Wine Lounge and Shop is bringing Maryland sweet potato crab cakes with lemon thyme aioli paired with a Napa cabbage slaw.
T-Bones is bringing chicken marsala with lightly breaded chicken in a marsala wine sauce with sautéed mushrooms.
Also serving meat will be representatives from the Meat House’s new Amherst location; they will offer steak tips and chicken breast.
If you like things a little bit more spicy, Shorty’s will be offering chicken fajitas, chips and salsa and Cactus Jack’s will be serving its homemade Cajun seafood stew with a variety of seafood including shrimp, scallops and catfish.
Irish restaurant and pub The Peddler’s Daughter will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a few days early and serve Guinness barbecue pulled pork sliders with homemade coleslaw.
On the sweeter side, Creative Cakes by Debby will serve samples of two tortes: a Bailey’s Irish Cream torte with vanilla cake and a Cookies and Cream torte with chocolate cake, both with real whipped cream.
And for drinks, Great Rhythm Brewing Company from Portsmouth will have samples of its handcrafted Resonation Pale Ale, which is balanced and hoppy with flavors and aromas of citrus and pine.
Henniker Brewing Company will be pouring their Amber Apparition, an American Amber Ale rich with caramel and toffee sweetness, balanced with hops. The brewers will also be pouring their Hop Slinger and India Pale Ale made with light caramel malts.
Shock Top from Merrimack will be offering its unique Honeycrisp Apple Wheat, a unique blend of Belgian wheat beer and sweet apple cider.
Tuckerman Brewing Company out of North Conway will serve its Pale Ale, a flagship brew released in 1998 that is brewed with specialty malts and four types of hops.
New Hampshire wineries Candia Vineyards of Candia, LaBelle Winery of Amherst and Zorvino Vineyards of Sandown will be on hand to share their wines. Some offer unique wines made from cold-hardy grapes grown in New Hampshire, in addition to a selection of fruit and dessert wines.