After 21 years and already the largest fundraiser in the neighborhood, the annual Taste of the North End event grew to record numbers this year at Friday night’s banner celebration. Initiated in 1993 by Donato Frattaroli, TONE brings together hundreds of participants to feast on samplings of world famous North End cuisine – all generously donated by over 40 neighboring restaurants. There was a wide array of entrees, appetizers, cheeses and desserts with refreshing libations from area wine and beer distributors. Guests also supported the cause through a high-end silent auction featuring hotel and restaurant packages, Boston sporting tickets, memorabilia, and more. Proceeds are still being counted, but donations are expected to exceed $100,000.
This year’s Taste of the North End honorees were:
Carla Gomes, Founding TONE Supporter and Restauranteur at Terriamia and Antico Forno
Traci Walker Griffith, Eliot K-8 Innovation School Principal
David Taylor, National Association of Community Health Centers
Attendees voted at the event on three categories for winners of the Best Table Display to Filippo’s Ristorante, Best Food to Ducali Pizzeria and Best Dessert to Modern Pastry Shop.
Donato Frattaroli of Lucia Ristorante and James Luisi, CEO of North End Waterfront Health Center co-chaired the event, hosted by Master of Ceremonies, NECN TV Diner’s Billy Costa. Philip Frattaroli of Ducali Pizzeria was Executive Director with Event Coordinator Marianne Aiello and committee members, Daniel Leonard & Mary Wright.
All proceeds from the event are split between multiple non-profit organizations in the North End including elderly, education and health programs to help better the entire community. This is the fifth year that North End Waterfront Health has partnered with the Frattaroli family to put on and host the event. Taste of the North End has raised over $1 million for neighborhood charities since its inception. See TasteoftheNorthEnd.org for a full list of beneficiaries and sponsors.