Once we enjoyed the creations by ShopRite's chefs, we were encouraged to go see what other restaurants were there. Of course, we were thrilled to find that there was a varied selection of food and wine to sample.
One of our favorite dishes was a Lobster Mac and Cheese that was from Vitanzo Caterers. I didn't manage to get a photo of the dish, however I have to tell you that the creamy combination of 3 cheeses with the added decadence of lobster... let's just say that there wasn't a single bite left!
Another absolutely irresistable dish that sampled was an Oyster Po'Boy from Costanera Cocina Peruana. After one bite, I was asking them if it was on the menu. Sometimes the items served at events like this are not necessarily on the menu, and I didn't want to be disappointed when we make it to the restaurant. Fortunately, they serve it both at lunch and at dinner. Yes, this one is on our list for a date night very soon!
Next, I waited patiently while the chef from Toscania Trattoria seared diver scallops. When I fond out the polenta had gorgonzola cheese in it, there was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity to taste this dish. It was well worth the wait and I think I may have finally convinced My Husband that he likes polenta.
There were so many fabulous restaurants, caterers and wine/beer vendors there! If you have never been to a "taste" event, I highly recommend that you go check one out! Some are based on a specific local town - like many in Morris County, NJ... while, others are more national such as the Taste of the Nation which is hosted in many different cities to benefit the Share our Strength charity. While enjoying some incredible food and finding new favorite restaurants you can also help raise money for some amazing charities.
Note: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. The wonderful owners of my local ShopRite provided complimentary entrance to the event.
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