The 20th Taste of the North End brought out the several hundred people to the Steriti Rink for a night of charitable giving to benefit community non-profit organizations. The annual fundraiser is celebrating 20 years and featured over 40 of the North End’s best restaurants giving back to the neighborhood. There was also a high end silent auction with hotel and restaurant packages, Boston sporting tickets and memorabilia. Organizers said the event was the largest TONE yet and likely to raise over $100,000.
Donato Frattaroli of Lucia Ristorante and James Luisi, CEO of North End Waterfront Health Center co-chaired the event, hosted by NECN TV Diner’s Billy Costa. Philip Frattaroli of Ducali Pizzeria was Executive Director with Event Coordinator Marianne Aiello and committee members, Daniel Leonard, Noreen Manning & Mary Wright.
This year’s Community Service Awards went to Barbara Summa, Founding TONE Supporter of La Summa Ristorante and your very own NorthEndWaterfront.com editor, Matt Conti.
New to the event this year were “Best Of” Contests voted on by attendees. Winning for Best Food and Best Display was Joe Bono’sAl Dente Ristorante & Benevento’s while Mike’s Pastry took the crown for Best Dessert.
First responders received complimentary admission this year and there were several attendees from Boston Police, Fire and State Police including many that were at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013. Part of this year’s TONE proceeds will also go to The One Fund for victims of the tragedy.
Local celebrities and officials attended including Mayor Thomas Menino and his wife, Angela. TONE organizers presented a special “Thank You” plaque for the outgoing Boston Mayor for his years of support. Also in attendance were State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, State Rep. Marty Walsh, City Councilors Sal LaMattina and Rob Consalvo.
Initiated in 1993 by Donato Frattaroli, Taste of the North End brings together hundreds of participants to feast on samplings of world famous North End cuisine – all generously donated by our neighboring restaurants.