Taste of Talent - Northwestern NJ’s Premier Culinary Fundraising Event

Chefs from more than 40 area restaurants will join forces to support Project Self-Sufficiency at A Taste of Talent on May 4th

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Northwestern New Jersey’s premier culinary fundraising event, A Taste of Talent, will be held at the Conservatory on the Sussex County Fairgrounds on behalf of local non-profit agency Project Self-Sufficiency on Monday, May 4th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

Patrons are invited to mingle with chefs from more than 40 celebrated area restaurants while feasting on appetizers, entrees, and desserts.  The epicurean event raises funds for the non-profit agency which specializes in services for low-income families in Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon, and Warren.  Sponsorships for A Taste of Talent range from $500 - $30,000, and a limited number of individual tickets are available at a cost of $200. 

The event will take place in the Conservatory, as well as the adjacent buildings and courtyard; on-site tents and food trucks will round out the affair.  Volunteer musicians will perform throughout the space.  A cooking demonstration will be given by Culinary Co-Chairpersons Andre de Waal, Executive Chef of Andre’s Lakeside Dining, and Perona Farms Executive Chef Kirk Avondoglio.

Invited restaurants include:

4 Seasons Mediterranean Restaurant

Lake Mohawk Country Club

403 Broad

Lola Restaurant


Lorraine Cake Shop & Tea Room

Andre’s Lakeside Dining


Asian Island

Mama’s Café Baci

Atlantic Manor

Maria Bonita


Meeting House

Bistro 46

Mr. Crabby’s

Bistro Leo

Newton Sports Bar & Kitchen

Black Forest Inn

Ninety Acres Culinary Center


Non Pareli

Blossom Asian Bistro

North Shore House

Blue Fish Grill

Oldwick General Store

Blue Heron Tavern

Pandan Room

Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse

Park West Tavern

Buck Hill Brewery

Pattycakes Bake Shop

Café Chameleon

Pies on Wheels

Café e Dolci

Pluckemin Inn

Café Pierrot


Caffe NaVona

Restaurant Latour

Candy Apple

Restaurant Serenade

Chianti Cow

Ristorante Il Porto

Cinder’s Woodfire Grill & Craft Bar

Riviera Maya

Claremont Tavern

Rod’s Steak & Seafood Grill

Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream

Ryland Inn


Shannon’s Eyes on the Pies

Columbia Inn Restaurant

Slamich Scratch Kitchen

Cravin Thai

South + Pine

Crepe Time Catering


David Burke Tavern

Springhouse Creamery

DeBragga, New York’s Butcher

St. Moritz Bar & Grill


Stone Water


SubUrban Bar & Kitchen


Sussex County Community College Culinary Arts

Felina Restaurant

Tanti Baci Caffe

Fenwick Catering & Events

Tap House Grill

Fogwood & Fig

The Bernards Inn

Forager’s Market & Table

The Chocolate Goat Gift Shop

Fordham University, Lincoln Center

The Clay Oven

Fossil Farms

The Committed Pig

Fran’s Farmhouse Kitchen

The Hummingbird House

Front Porch Organics

The Inn at Mill Race Pond

George’s Wine & Gourmet Gallery

The Mohawk House

Gourmet Gallery

The Pasta Shop

Grain & Cane

The Station at Mountain Lakes

Grand Café

Toscana Trattoria Ristorante

Green Cart Catering

Town Bar & Kitchen

Hayek’s Market

Twist on Thai Café

Heirloom Kitchen

Two Teaspoons

Horseshoe Tavern


Hotel Fauchere

Walpack Inn

Hyde Away Restaurant & Tap Room

wheelHouse Kitchen & Bar

Inspiration Roll

White Birch

James on Main

Windy Brow Farms

Jesse Jones, Chef to the Stars

Yetter’s Diner

Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen

Perona Farms

Krave Café & Caterers







 “A Taste of Talent is our signature fundraising event and the cornerstone of our annual campaign,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “Funds raised by A Taste of Talent make it possible for Project Self-Sufficiency to provide the programs and services necessary for families in northwestern New Jersey to attain economic self-sufficiency.  We continue to be humbled by the support we receive from the restaurateurs in our area and we are looking forward to a delightful event.”

Project Self-Sufficiency is a private non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey.  The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to improve their lives and the lives of their children while achieving personal and economic self-sufficiency and family stability.  Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 25,000 families.

Select donation categories are available for A Taste of Talent, ranging from $500 - $30,000.  A limited number of tickets for individual donations are available at a cost of $200.  The Conservatory is located at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta.  To make a contribution to Project Self-Sufficiency, to obtain tickets to A Taste of Talent, or to find out more information about the programs and services available at the agency, visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org or call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.


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