About 200 persons packed the outside garden area of Rotary International in downtown Evanston Sunday afternoon for the second annual “Taste of Evanston” benefit for charities supported by the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse.

A brisk breeze off the lake presented a minor comfort challenge for the event, but with music by Suite Mollie and up-close magic tricks by A. J. Sacco, and a live auctioneer, Don Crost, most attendees hardly noticed the chill.

Youngsters were astounded by the sleight-of-hand antics of strolling magician A. J. Sacco.

The stars of the afternoon, however, were the 21 restaurants that ticket-holders could sample by strolling from table to table, along the front of the building at 1560 Sherman Ave. that houses the world headquarters of Rotary International.

Participating eateries included Bistro Bordeaux, Bluestone, Creperie Saint German, DB3 Donuts, Farmhouse, Foodstuffs, Hearth, Hecky’s Barbeque, Kabul House, Kingston Grill, Koi, LYFE Kitchen, Mount Everest, Olive Mountain, Peckish Pig, Tapas Barcelona, Temperance Beer Company, Union Pizza, Union Square, Vinic Wine Company, and YoFresh Yogurt Café.

Music was provided by Suite Mollie.

Principal beneficiaries of the event will be Evanston’s Hillside Food Pantry, which feeds some 500 food-insecure families each week, and the Hunger Resource Network, that connects surplus food  from farmers markets and grocery stores to local soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

The Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse is one of two Rotary clubs in Evanston. Its members meet weekly for breakfast on Tuesdays at the Hilton Garden Inn Evanston.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Advertising for it ?
    Maybe it is just me, but I saw no ads for it nor knew about it. I was in downtown—but at EPL—and saw nothing.
    I miss the old posters like what was a airline ticket shop at SE corner of Church and Orrington. That use to have notices for even events in Wilmette BTW I did not see a posting at EPL either. Now you have to be lucky to find many notices or check multiple URLs.

    1. Click on ‘Events’
      Here’s a suggestion:

      From time to time, click on the “Events” button on the home page of this website. Information about the “Taste” was available there for a couple of weeks before the event.

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