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Taste of Madison Announces Participants for Fundraiser Event 


MADISON — Twenty-five outstanding local providers of fine food and drink will be offering samples of their best at the 2019 Taste of Madison on Monday, March 18. Tickets are on sale now.

Celebrating its eighteenth anniversary, the Taste of Madison is the warm and welcoming wintertime extravaganza that benefits several local non-profit causes in Madison, organizers said.

The Taste will be held at Brooklake Country Club, 139 Brooklake Road, Florham Park. VIP Admission at 6:00 p.m. is $100.00. Regular General Admission at 7:00 p.m. is $65.00. The event ends at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace at 121 Main Street and online by clicking here. Certain Madison PTO’s are selling tickets as a fundraiser to enrich their programs. Check your school for details.

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace will be providing samples of fine wine, beer and spirits. All Taste purveyors of food and drink donate their time, expertise, personnel and provisions to the event.

The participating food and drink establishments in alphabetical order are:

1)   Baba’s Bakery and Café
2)   Bottle Hill Tavern
3)   Brooklake Country Club
4)   Central + Main American Eatery
5)   Crowley Cupcakes
6)   Daddy Matty’s BBQ & Catering
7)   D’licious
8)   Drip Coffee
9)   Frutta Bowls
10) Gary’s Wine & Marketplace
11) GK’s Red Dog Tavern
12) Harvest Bistro
13) Healthy Italia
14) il Mondo Vecchio
15) Lenny’s Cocina De Abuelita
16) Lucco Cucina & Bar
17) Madison Bagel Café
18) Main Street Wine Cellars
19) Mexican Spice
20) Pascarella Bros. Delicatessen
21) Rocco’s Bar & Grill
22) Rod’s Steak and Seafood Grille

23) Short Stories Book Store & Café

24) Slamwich Scratch Kitchen
25) Stop & Shop

As in previous years, Avenue Travel, 62 Main Street, will raffle a $250.00 travel voucher and Salvatore Minardi Salon, 8 Park Avenue, will provide general hospitality to Taste guests.

For more event information, contact one the Taste’s co-chairs: Karen Giambra at and (973) 214-7014; David Morozoff at and (908) 377-1113; or Michael Pellessier and (360) 581-2910.

Festivities will include a beer garden, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and a tricky-tray event. Madison’s businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to donate products and services to the silent auction and trick-tray. Please contact Jim Hollenbach at for information.

The longtime Presenting Sponsor of the 2019 edition of the Taste of Madison is Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, 121 Main Street, Madison. The Platinum Sponsor is Saxum Real Estate, 359 Springfield Avenue, Summit. The Gold Sponsors are Adams Dental, 1 Kings Road, Madison and Stop & Shop, 133 Main Street, Madison. The Silver Sponsors are L’allegria, 11 Prospect Street, Madison; Lakeland Bank, 265 Main Street, Madison; and Turpin Real Estate, 186 Main Street, Chatham. The Silent Auction Sponsor is Haven Savings Bank, 177 Main Street, Madison.

The Taste of Madison is produced by a non-profit partnership of the Madison Downtown Development Commission, the Rotary Club of Madison and the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, for the betterment of the local community.  

In its previous seventeen editions, the Taste has raised almost $550,000.00. Proceeds fund local charitable causes, business development and civic improvements in Madison.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the event. Guests must be at least 21 years old. The dress code is business casual.

Brooklake Country Club, which just completed a major redecoration of its ballroom areas, is a short distance from historic downtown Madison. Valet parking will be available.

The Taste is a celebration of the best of Madison and the must attend party for lovers of food, drink and fun. For news, links and updates, please click here.

Frank Cahill
Frank Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town, and Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board. Owner of the Morris now app serving small business in Morris County.


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