chefs unite to raise funds for the self-sufficiency project | Project self-sufficiency

Chefs from over 40 renowned restaurants have supported the self-sufficiency project at A Taste of Talent.Julien Huarte

Hundreds of fans recently flocked to Perona Farms to support the self-sufficiency project at Northwest New Jersey’s premier culinary fundraising event, A Taste of Talent. Guests mingled with chefs from more than 40 famous restaurants in the area while feasting on appetizers, main courses and desserts. The epicurean event raises funds for the nonprofit agency that specializes in serving low-income families in the New Jersey counties of Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon and Warren. Volunteer musicians were on hand to perform during the event at various locations throughout the sprawling facility.

Perona Farms Executive Chef Kirk Avondoglio notes that Perona Farms enthusiastically hosts A Taste of Talent year after year. “What a wonderful event. I look forward to it every year. It’s nice to see all the chefs together. There is a lot of camaraderie, and it does a lot for the people served by the self-sufficiency project. It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Participating restaurants included 1776 by David Burke; Restaurant on the shore of André’s lake; Angry Erik Brewing; Bobolink Dairy & Bakery; Cafe Pierrot; Navona Coffee; cake pop bar; Capital grid; Chief Anthony Lo Pinto; Chief Tim Schafer; The Chocolate Goat Gift Shop; clay kiln; Cliff Ice; grumpy noodles; Inn of the Crossed Keys; Czig Meister Brewery; Dakine kitchen; Emily’s home; the farmer’s daughter; Fossil Farms; Fran’s Farmhouse Kitchen; Garriss General Store; George’s Wine & Spirits Gallery; Gourmet Gallery; the Hayek market; Hunter’s Lodge; Indian masala; Jersey Girl cheese; Krave caterers; Italian specialties La Vita; that of Lola; Lorraine pastry and tea room; mum’s Baci coffee; Mr. Crabby’s Craft Kitchen & Bar; North Shore House; O’Reilly’s Pub and Grill; Passionate cook; patties; Perona Farms; Springhouse Creamery; Bar & Grill St. Moritz; Sussex County Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program; Tanti Baci Cafe; and the Walpack Inn.

Music was provided by a variety of individuals and groups, including the Colofonia Trio; cellists Aubrey and Rachel Kline and Aimee Nishimura; Meant to be; the Pro Tempos; Sparta High School Chamber Club students; the Skylands Dulcimer String Band; and the Sussex Brass Quintet.

“A Taste of Talent directly benefits our neighbors in need and forms the cornerstone of our annual campaign,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, executive director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “We are exceptionally grateful for the time, talent and resources provided by the Avondoglio family, as well as all the chefs and musicians who have contributed to this event year after year, and to the entire community for their support of our programs for Families. low income.”

“The Self-Sufficiency Project offers a wide range of help to the community, from help with emergency needs to life skills and education. A Taste of Talent supports the work of Project Self-Sufficiency and allows it to continue the agency’s impact across generations,” added Project Self-Sufficiency Board Member Brian Lytwynec, who chaired the event with his wife, Leigh. “We are exceptionally grateful to the Self-Sufficiency Project’s leadership, staff and volunteers whose efforts make the work of the Self-Sufficiency Project possible. We feel very fortunate to be part of an event that unites the community while providing financial support for the self-sufficiency project.

To donate to the Self-Sufficiency Project or to learn more about the programs and services available at the agency, visit or call 973-940-3500.

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