Rotary Club of Elizabeth   News Release

Contact: Doug Harris
(908) 994-5138


TV Chef Mario Batali Will Join
Elizabeth Rotary's "Taste of the Towns"

     Television Chef Molto Mario Batali will join the Rotary Club of Elizabeth's 10th annual "Taste of the Towns" food tasting event on Monday, October 21 from 5PM to 9PM at the Pantagis Renaissance, Route 22 East, Scotch Plains. Batali is known to Food Network viewers as the host of Molto Mario and Mario Eats Italy. He will autograph copies of his cookbooks, which will be on sale during the event.

     "We are thrilled and honored to welcome Mario Batali to Taste of the Towns," stated Rotary Club President Tom Wacaster, who described the event as "a unique dining experience that features more than 40 of the areas finest restaurants, bakeries and wine merchants." Proceeds from the event provide scholarships and grants to area charities. In addition to the Rotary Club of Elizabeth, "Taste of the Towns" is cosponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce.

     This year's "Taste of the Towns" vendors include: Ahrre's Coffee Roastery, Westfield; Allied Beverage Group, Inc., Carlstadt; Beana's, Rahway; Bella Palermo Pastry Shop, Elizabeth; Casa di Trevi, Roselle Park; Civile Ristorante Italiano, Kenilworth; Climax Brewing Company, Roselle Park; The Crossroads, Garwood; DiCosmo's Restaurant & Italian Deli, Linden; Domanis, Roselle Park; Freshwater Southern Sensations, Plainfield; Gallo Wine Sales of New Jersey, Elizabeth; Garden Restaurant, Union; Giovanna's, Plainfield; Great Expectations Catering, Plainfield; Charles Jacquin's, Clark; Jeffrey's of Westfield; Kahunaville, Elizabeth; Kobrand Corporation, Netcong; Linden Pastry Shop; Los Faroles, Elizabeth; Maize, Newark; McLynn's, Springfield; Morris Thai Cuisine, Union; Nuts n' Plenty, Scotch Plains; Piece of Cake, Rahway; Pinho Bakery, Roselle; Raagini, Mountainside; Red Parrot Caffe, Elizabeth; Sandy Spector Caterer, Plainfield; Town & Country, Westfield; Trader Joe's, Westfield; Twinings Tea, Paramus; Union County Vo-Tech, Scotch Plains; The Wine Library, Springfield; and Wyndham Newark Airport Hotel, Elizabeth.

     Tickets to "Taste of the Towns" are $35 each in advance and $45 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Elizabeth Rotary website ( or by calling (908) 355-9622. "Taste of the Towns" will also feature door prizes and a 50-50 drawing. Ad journal and sponsorship opportunities are also available by calling (732) 845-1337.