Chamber cooks up success at annual ‘Taste’

EDISON — Nearly 600 people sampled a variety of culinary delights at the Edison Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Taste of Middlesex 2004.

The event was held recently at the Pines Manor on Route 27 in Edison. The theme was "Eat, Drink and Be Charitable."

Gloria Dittman, executive director of the Edison Chamber of Commerce said, "More and more people are getting to know and enjoy the good quality restaurants we have in Middlesex County by attending the Taste of Middlesex."

"Twenty-seven of Middlesex County’s finest restaurants provided guests with their unique specialties."

Attendees were asked to donate a non-perishable food item for the St. James White Church’s soup kitchen, which is located in the township.

The winner of the raffle was Mr. and Mrs. Chris Advanitis, owners of the Millennium Restaurant, Edison.

The couple donated $50 of their $700 prize to the soup kitchen.

An international cookbook, designed and written by students at Thomas Jefferson Middle School garnered $625.

The proceed will benefit the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Art Department.

Participants in the event included: Akbar Restaurant, American Harvest, B.B.Q. Cowboy, Benihana, Bev’s Melting Pot, Carmella’s, Chick-Fil-A, Christie’s Steakhouse, Climax Brewing Company, Clouseau’s Restaurant, Dan’s on Main, Edison Job Corps Academy, Four Points Sheraton, Freshwater’s Restaurant, HomeTown Buffet, Kings Village Chinese Restaurant, Lily’s Restaurant at Sheraton Edison, LouCas Restaurant, Metuchen Inn, Millennium Restaurant, Mulberry Street, Salson’s Bakery, Starbucks Coffee, The Barge, Water To Go, and William Grant & Son.