Annual Taste of Albany to raise money for homeless

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Shown above is a scene from a previous Taste of Albany fundraiser. Photo provided


Shown above is a scene from a previous Taste of Albany fundraiser. Photo provided

ALBANY >> All are encouraged to bring their appetites to the 10th Annual A Taste of Albany fundraiser event next week.

The evening, focused on food, fun and fighting homeless is a benefit event for the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH), a Capital City organization that has provided a continuum of programs and services to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community to encourage self-sufficiency and stability since 1984.

A Taste of Albany will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at the New York State Museum in Albany.

Each year, A Taste of Albany attracts more than 500 guests for a night of the region’s best and newest cuisine, live and silent auctions, and more. In recent years, the event has been enhanced with popular additions including a red carpet entrance, a Wine & Dine Pull, live music from the Grand Central Station Trio, a photo booth by Pulse Entertainment, caricatures by Jeanne Benas, carousel rides, and complimentary beer and wine from Brown’s Brewing Co., C.H. Evans Brewing Albany Pump Station, Upstate Wine & Spirits and HRM Rex Goliath Wines.

Presented by SEFCU, “For ten years, A Taste of Albany has brought together all the best things in this area: great restaurants, a terrific venue, and all the attendees and sponsors who generously support Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, a most vital organization in our community,” said Michael Castellana, SEFCU president and CEO.

In the decade since creating A Taste of Albany, attendees and partners have raised more than $548,000 for IPH’s wide range of programs and services for homeless and low-income individuals and families.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour presented by ShopRite Supermarkets. Then guests will dine on samples of food and desserts from more than 30 of the region’s best restaurants and hidden gems, including Albany Pump Station, Angelo’s 677 Prime, Brown’s Brewing Co., Barcelona Restaurant, the Barrelhouse, Cider Belly Doughnuts, Creo, Crisan Bakery, El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant, the Ginger Man, Grappa ‘72, Grandma Millie’s Bakery, Healthy Café Catering Co., the Honest Weight Food Co-op, the Merry Monk, Milano, Mingle, New World Bistro Bar, No Scone Unturned, Old Daley Catering, One Six Five at Normanside Country Club, Pasta Pane, Provence, Roma Foods, the Ruck, Scrimshaw at the Desmond Hotel, Soul Kitchen, Stacks Espresso Bar, Texas de Brazil, Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar, Villa Italia Bakery, We Do Fondue, Wolf’s 1-11 and Yono’s.

“I’m honored to be a part of the 10th annual A Taste of Albany event,” said Chef David Gibson of Creo’s Restaurant, a participating restaurant in the culinary showcase. “Not only is it a fun evening with a great view of the Capital Region, but it’s a chance to benefit Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, an organization I admire for their service to the community. I’m looking forward to celebrating this notable milestone with the charity, and serving some delicious eats.”

Tickets are $75 for general admission and $150 for honorary committee tickets. Participating restaurants, event information, and tickets are available at www.atasteofalbany.com.