Community Food & Drink

“Taste of the North End” Draws Record Crowd to Support Local Charities

Record crowd gathers at Steriti Rink (sans ice) for 2015 Taste of the North End (Photo by Matt Conti)

The largest fundraiser in the neighborhood, Taste of the North End, was a roaring success on Friday night with record attendance to support local non-profits. 

This year’s Taste of the North End honorees were Angela Menino, Filippo Frattaroli and Joseph Giangreggorio. Attendees voted at the event on three categories for winners of the Best Food to Lucia Ristorante, Best Display to Filippo’s Ristorante and Best Dessert to Mike’s Pastry.

Angela Menino is honored at 2015 Taste of the North End. From the left, NEW Health CEO Jim Luisi, Master of Ceremonies Jenny Johnson, Honoree Angela Menino, TONE Founder Donato Frattaroli, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, TONE Organizer Philip Frattaroli, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and City Councilor Sal LaMattina. (Photo by Matt Conti)

Jenny Johnson of NESN’s Dining Playbook was this year’s Master of Ceremonies. Event organizers Donato Frattaroli of Lucia Ristorante and James Luisi, CEO of North End Waterfront Health Center co-chaired the event. Philip Frattaroli of Ducali Pizzeria was Executive Director with Event Coordinator Marianne Aiello and committee members, Donato Frattaroli, Daniel Leonard & Mary Wright.

Restaurant owners and vendors gather before the opening of the 22nd Taste of the North End (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography)

Since 1993, TONE  has brought together over 40 North End restaurants and vendors to offer a sampling of world famous cuisine and beverages. All the food is generously donated. 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 silent auction. Proceeds are still being counted, but donations are expected to exceed $100,000.

Proceeds from the event are split between multiple 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), ABCD Center (North End / West End) and Boston Youth Wrestling. This is the sixth 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 for a full list of beneficiaries and sponsors.

More photos from 2015 Taste of the North End.