‘Food is community’: A Taste of Morristown 2018

Morristown High School senior Mairen Flanagan, president of the school's Interact Rotary chapter, approves the clam chowder at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown High School senior Mairen Flanagan, president of the school's Interact Rotary chapter, approves the clam chowder at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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“Food is important. Food is community.”

That’s the view of Nunzio Cassara, owner of Nunzio’s Dolce Vita restaurant in Morristown, and it pretty much sums up Monday’s Taste of Morristown.

More than 500 members of the Greater Morristown community filled two ballrooms at the Westin Governor Morris to sample offerings from 42 establishments, with wine tasting and beverages courtesy of Gary’s Wine and Marketplace of Madison.

Owner Nunzio Cassara and head Chef Fernando Perez of Nunzio's Dolce Vita at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Owner Nunzio Cassara and head Chef Fernando Perez of Nunzio’s Dolce Vita at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

It was the 16th annual edition of Taste of Morristown, hosted by the Rotary Club of Morristown. Proceeds from the $65-per-person affair will support Rotary charities ranging from scholarships at Morristown High School to the global eradication of polio.

That’s why Rotary chapter president John Lyons looks forward to the event every year.

“It brings the restaurants and community together, and it raises money for the local community,” said the Morristown architect.

Oh yes, Lyons also mentioned the grilled octopus from Chef Fredy’s Table in Morristown. And the seared ahi tuna on buckwheat soba noodles from the Hyatt Regency Morristown’s Eclectic Grill.

Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin and Jeff Sovelove:

Morristown High School senior Mairen Flanagan, president of the school's Interact Rotary chapter, at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Kasey DeGasperis of Gary's Wine, at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
'A LITTLE ZING!' Wilma Pitman of Morris Township savors H2Ocean clam chowder at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
H2Ocean of Cedar Knolls at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
TEAM PIEROGIES HOUSE: (L-R) Allie Sharkey, Giada Felice, owner Evelina Berc and Stephanie Small at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown's Angela Echeverri and Lauren Cranmer at Taste of Morristown 2018. Angela liked H2Ocean's clam chowder; Lauren liked Revolution's offerings. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Rotarians Munah Hayes and Stephanie Quinton at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Leslie Watson and Dr. Morton Tau of Rockland County, NY, like H2Ocean's clam chowder at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Christie McConnell and Morristown Rotary President John Lyons at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Bruce Davis of Parsippany samples Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pegau, served by Kasey DeGasperis of Gary's Wine, at Taste of Morristown 2018. Bruce's favorite item of the evening: 'Everything.' Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Councilman Michael Elms, Freeholder Candidate Mary Dougherty, realtor Denise Flanagan, attorney Noelle Nish, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and Rotarian Jim Koons at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Leia Gaccione, owner of South+Pine, at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Owner Nunzio Cassara and head Chef Fernando Perez of Nunzio's Dolce Vita at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Chef Fredy's Table serves grilled octopus, at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Michael Weir, Kelly Montes and Ed Johnson, all of Morristown, at Taste of Morristown 2018. Michael called the scallops from Rod's 'outstanding.' Kelly liked South+Pine's duck tacos. Ed said the brown chicken with rice from Hibiscus was 'wonderful.' Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Rotarians William Weiss and Susan and Frank Alai at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Kayla Runne and Andrea Tyburczy of Mara's with peanut butter silk mousse at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Cupcakes from Mara's at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jennifer and Wendy of Enjou Chocolat at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Larry Ripley at the keyboard for A Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Connie Hagelin, with Christyn and Adam Hagelin at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Revolution's Kaitlyn Baco, Marissa Campisano and Brittany Dessino serve a guest at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Silent auction for the Morristown Rotary at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Candy at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Candy at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Morristown's Pascarella Brothers at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Pineapple carving at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Table for the Hyatt Regency Morristown's Eclectic Grill at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Red Dog Tavern table at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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Lobster bisque from Morristown’s Revolution Social Brew House generated some buzz, too, as did clam chowder from H2Ocean of Cedar Knolls.

'A LITTLE ZING!' Wilma Pitman of Morris Township savors H2Ocean clam chowder at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
‘A LITTLE ZING!’ Wilma Pitman of Morris Township savors H2Ocean clam chowder at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“It has a little zing,” said Morris Township resident Wilma Pitman, savoring a spoonful.

The chowder also impressed Dr. Morton Tau, an oral surgeon who ventured from New City, NY, with companion Leslie Watson.

“We’re foodies,” Tau said. “We know Morristown is known for its restaurants.”

The South+Pine American Eatery table proved popular, with duck tacos slathered in passion fruit hot sauce and pickled red onions.

Bruce Davis of Parsippany samples Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pegau, served by Kasey DeGasperis of Gary's Wine, at Taste of Morristown 2018. Bruce's favorite item of the evening: 'Everything.' Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Bruce Davis of Parsippany samples Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pegau, served by Kasey DeGasperis of Gary’s Wine, at Taste of Morristown 2018. Bruce’s favorite item of the evening: ‘Everything.’ Photo by Kevin Coughlin

For those of us who like to start with dessert, pastries from The Artist Baker and peanut butter chocolates from Enjou Chocolat scored high marks. “They are the absolute best,” said Rotarian Barbara Ward, an unabashed choco-holic.

And let’s not forget the ethereal peanut butter silk mousse from Mara’s of Denville.

Providing an international flavor was Morristown’s new Pierogies House, owned by Polish immigrant Evelina Berc.  She compared Morristown, with its sidewalk dining, to cities such as Kraków and Warsaw.

TEAM PIEROGIES HOUSE: (L-R) Allie Sharkey, Giada Felice, owner Evelina Berc and Stephanie Small at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
TEAM PIEROGIES HOUSE: (L-R) Allie Sharkey, Giada Felice, owner Evelina Berc and Stephanie Small at Taste of Morristown 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Berc’s team served samples of Bigos, a “Hunter’s Stew” with kielbasa and sauerkraut, and assorted pierogies. “They have so much protein and vitamins,” Berc said of the potato dumplings. “They’re good for you!”

One of her staff members, 25-year-old Romanian Giada Felice, moved to Morristown from Italy six months ago and managed to investigate the competition on Monday.

Gnoshing on a plate of Nunzio’s tender beef, penne vodka Bolognese and chicken and pesto in cream sauce, Felice declared it equal to–and quite possibly better than–anything she had tasted back in Italy.

Buon appetito, Morristown!

Michael Weir, Kelly Montes and Ed Johnson, all of Morristown, at Taste of Morristown 2018. Michael called the scallops from Rod's 'outstanding.' Kelly liked South+Pine's duck tacos. Ed said the brown chicken with rice from Hibiscus was 'wonderful.' Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Michael Weir, Kelly Montes and Ed Johnson, all of Morristown, at Taste of Morristown 2018. Michael called the scallops from Rod’s ‘outstanding.’ Kelly liked South+Pine’s duck tacos. Ed said the brown chicken with rice from Hibiscus was ‘wonderful.’ Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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