Taste of Essex Returns March 31

Taste of Essex event

On Monday, March 31, more than 30 Essex County restaurants will participate in the 14th annual Taste of Essex. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange. Musical entertainment will be on hand throughout the evening, and will feature a cappella group Gimme Four, the Greg Buford Trio, and the Montclair State University All-Star Jazz Ensemble.

“Essex County continues to grow as a popular dining destination,” said Jo Ann Short, President of the North Essex Chamber, “and we hope that people will join us for what promises to be an exciting evening of outstanding food and music.” Selections for best appetizers, entrees, and desserts will be judged by Chef Ariane Duarte of CulinAriane, Nancy Painter of Edible Jersey Magazine, Jeff Shanes of Edge Magazine, and Jersey Bites’ own editor, Rachel Bozek.

Tickets are $35 in advance, and $45 at the door. Proceeds benefit the North Essex Chamber scholarship fund to provide scholarships to young people in Essex County. Go to tasteofessex.com for a complete list of participating restaurants.

Financial support for the event has been provided by Investors Bank, M&T Bank, Aciem Studios, Lakeland Bank and RFK, LLC.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please go to www.tasteofessex.com. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is located at 350 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange.