Continuing a longstanding neighborhood tradition, the 26th Annual Taste of the North End brought top elected officials and hundreds of festival-goers for a night of food and charity on Friday, April 26th at the Steriti Memorial Ice Rink in Boston’s North End.
Joining the crowd were US Congressman Stephen Lynch, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and local elected officials including State Senator Joe Boncore, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and City Councilor Lydia Edwards. Former City Councilor Sal LaMattina was also on hand with event organizers Donato Frattaroli of Il Molo and James Luisi, CEO of NEW Health.
This year’s 2019 “Restauranteur Award” was presented to longtime Taste of the North End supporters, The Picariello Family (accepted by Rosaria Picariello) owners of Hanover Street’s iconic bakery, Modern Pastry. Receiving the 2019 TONE Community Supporter Award was Dr. Elizabeth Turnock from NEW Health.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Taste of the North End without showcase samples from more than 30 popular North End eateries with a wide array of delectable appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts. Revelers also sipped on refreshing libations from area wine and beer distributors.
Billy Costa, radio personality and NESN’s Dining Playbook host, was the emcee for the event that included a high-end silent auction with iconic local photographs, hotel and restaurant packages, tickets to Boston sports events and memorabilia.
Event organizers Donato Frattaroli of Il Molo and James Luisi, CEO of NEW Health co-chaired the event. Zach Goodale was the event coordinator with committee members Donato Frattaroli, Gianni Frattaroli, Daniel Leonard, Mary Wright and Patrick Lyons.
The Taste of the North End benefits the North End Waterfront Health Center’s critical medical and social service programs, as well as other local organizations such as: the Eliot School, St. John School, Harvard-Kent School, North End Against Drugs, North End Athletic Association (NEAA) and the North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC).