The 24th Taste of the North End brought out hundreds to support neighborhood charities on Friday, April 28th. This is perhaps the last year the community fundraiser will be held in the iconic Steriti Skating Rink as organizers seek a larger venue. Over 40 North End restaurants, pastry shops and vendors brought their world famous cuisine and beverages.
Special honors were awarded to TONE supporter Sal DiMasi, accepted by his wife Debbie DiMasi, and Taranta’s Jose Duarte as Restauranteur of the Yearand Community Activist.
Billy Costa of NESN’s Dining Playbook was this year’s Master of Ceremonies with co-chairs Donato Frattaroli of Il Molo and James Luisi, CEO of North End Waterfront Health Center. Zach Goodale was Event Coordinator with committee members Donato Frattaroli, Gianni Frattaroli, Patrick Lyons, Daniel Leonard & Mary Wright.
Proceeds are still being counted, but donations are expected to exceed $100,000 supporting non-profit organizations in the North End including North End Waterfront Health (NEW Health), Eliot K-8 Innovation School, St. John School, North End Athletic Association (NEAA), North End Against Drugs (NEAD), North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) and ABCD Center (North End / West End). 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. Photos by Matt Conti.
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