Taste brings the towns to Nashua
Try food and wine from more than 30 restaurants
By Linda A. Thompson-Odum firstname.lastname@example.org
Satisfy any craving and help a good cause at the eighth annual Taste of the Towns to benefit the Nashua Center on Friday, March 26.
It may be more accurate to call it Taste of the Region, since the food will come from restaurants, bakeries and catering companies from all around the area.
“We get participation from restaurants as far north as Manchester, east to Salem, and south to Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. They even come from across the border to participate,” Nashua Center’s executive center Brian Young said.
This is the Nashua Center’s largest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds support programs such as The Children’s Pyramid (early intervention for kids birth to three years old), Classic In-Home Care (non-medical in-home care for the elderly and chronically ill adults), and Jobs Etc. and Residential Services (day and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders). Last year the evening raised $72,000, which brought the total from the past seven years to approximately $400,000.
Young described the evening as a “moving” event — a mobile experience: “When you walk in, we’re not going to lock you in at a round table all evening. You can move around, talk to people, and try out all the different foods. It’s important to get there on time. The restaurants and bakers are ready to go when the doors open.”
This year’s more than 30 restaurant participants cover the culinary spectrum, and include Latin food from Chipotle Grill; Asian dishes from Giant of Siam, Thousand Crane, Vietnam Noodle House, and India Palace; European-style specialties from the Peddler’s Daughter, Piccola Italia, and Cocina Toscano; and American home-style dishes from regional favorites the Puritan Back Room, Common Man and Weathervane. Area bakery participants are Crosby Bakery, Frederick’s Pastries, Jacque’s Fine European Pastries, Freed’s Bakery, Creative cakes by Debbie, and NE Country Pies. (See the Center’s Web site for the complete list.)
Wine brokers and producers will offer tastes of wines from New Hampshire and all around the world. Local producers include Candia Vineyard and Farnum Hill Ciders & Poverty Lane Orchards. The remaining wines will come from MS Walker, Perfecta Wine Company, Prestige Wine Group, R.P. Imports, and The Imported Grape.
The food and wine tasting will go until 8:30 p.m., along with a silent auction. Then everyone will gather in a special stadium seating area for the live auction. This year guests can bid for items such as tickets to the Red Sox opening day game against the Yankees, front row seats to a Boston Bruins game, a getaway to a beach house on the Cape, or a Boston getaway weekend.
The honorary chairperson for the evening will be the president of the Center’s board of directors, Jeff Schapira, who has been involved with the board for 35 years. But most important, the money raised will ensure the continuation of programs that help people from birth to old age. Young, who has been with the Center for 28 years, said, “We can’t always plan how the year is going to go and how many referrals we are going to get. For this event, every single thing is donated, so all of the money can go to the Center. This evening gives people a feel of who we are and what we do.”