Last night's Taste of the Nation event was the largest in its history in Ithaca, raising a record $54,500.
Underwriting by the Sysco Company, the Strebel Planning Group, and others allows the full money raised to go to the event's beneficiaries, local groups working against hunger among children.
Ithaca is the smallest city in the country to hold an annual Taste of the Nation event. Not surprising, given the giving nature of this town.
Over 50 restaurants, wineries, and breweries provided food and drink.
Southeast Asian seems to be the hot cuisine of the moment among local chefs. GreenStar Co-op (first-time participant in the event) and Hazlenut Cafe, of Trumansburg, were among many offering stellar stuff in this style.
The wineries were too numerously good to pick a best. For presentation and fervor, however, we will mention Ravines Wine Cellars of Hammondsport. H'port is one of the local towns we always mean to visit. Now we have an extra reason.
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