The eighth annual "A Tasteful Experience" showcasing fare from Bloomfield restaurants raised more than $60,000 last Monday for children's medical treatment at Clara Maass Medical Center.
Anthony's Cheesecake, Gencarelli's Bakery, Orange Squirrel and Stamna Greek Taverna were among area restaurants to partake in the annual food tasting at Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange.
"We were so delighted at the wonderful community support and response to A Tasteful Experience," said Mary Ellen Clyne, president and CEO of Clara Maass Medical Center, in a statement. "Our medical center treats thousands of children and supports their families through that process. These funds are critical in helping them receive the best experience possible through the Child Life Program."
The Child Life Program supports children and families through tests, procedures, treatment and recovery during chronic or acute illnesses, treatment and recovery. The program also provides therapeutic, educational and recreational activities for each patient.
Chef Ryan DePersio, of Bar Cara in Bloomfield, NICO Kitchen + Bar in Newark and Fascino in Montclair, was among top local chefs at the food fest. He whipped up a pumpkin mezzaluna ravioli in sage brown butter topped with pumpkin seeds and sprinkled in cinnamon.
"Tasteful Experience" also featured dishes from Mesob, Pig & Prince and CulinAriane in Montclair.