15th Annual Grand Tasting 2010


15th Annual Grand Tasting a huge hit!

The best thing about the Grand Tasting is that the net proceeds benefit FAITH Services, a department of Hoboken University Medical Center that provides support to those living with HIV/AIDS. As I always say – it’s nice to do something for a local charity. It was great to see so many people come out last night.

The 15th Annual Grand Tasting at the Jersey City Westin Hotel was a huge success!

So much to sample; so little time

The large banquet room was completely crowded with people from Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond. Many area restaurants were out to showcase their appetizers, entrees and desserts at this event featuring close to 500 wines. The sampling tables – set up in a large oval in the middle of the banquet hall – were all packed. There were also opportunities to sample other alcoholic beverages- such as sake and infused vodka. In retrospect, though, I had a good night and it’s probably best I didn’t sample too much.

The greatest thing was seeing some familiar restaurant owners when sampling the food. I tried many excellent samplings of Hoboken and Jersey City cuisine, including: Karma Kafe and India on the Hudson’s chicken tikka masala over rice; Mikie Squared’s crab cakes; Charrito’s freshly-made guacamole; and some exotic South-American style sweets compliments of Ultramarino’s.

I did learn that a wine and restaurant tasting is challenging with a camera as well, in addition to a plate an a wine glass. I otherwise would have stopped to visit with many other area business owners, to taste the samples made by West End Station Bar & Restaurant, Zylo’s and The Taco Truck (to name a few). Everything either tasted or looked delicious!

On the way out of the Westin I noticed Fire & Oak, a restaurant on the Westin’s premises. Just a stone’s throw from the hotel entrance, the modern wood-paneled walls and dim lighting of Fire & Oak made it inviting. I wished I’d stopped to sample their food at the table upstairs, but this event was just so packed with food, wine & mixed drinks, it was hard to do it all. When it comes to food diversity, we are lucky to live in Hoboken.

Good job, everyone – looking forward to next year!

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