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Former Maplewood Mayor Davenport to be Honored at ‘A Taste of NJ’s Best’ May 2

The following is from FAMILYConnections

Ellen M. Davenport

FAMILYConnections “A Taste of NJ’s Best”, will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Westminster Hotel, Livingston. This popular evening of delicious food and fine wine will benefit over 4,000 area children, adults and families.

This year’s event honorees are:  James Laird, Award-Winning Chef of Chatham’s Restaurant Serenade, and Ellen M. Davenport, Past President of FAMILYConnections and a former mayor of Maplewood.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about FAMILYConnections, please visit or contact Nancy Wellbrock at [email protected].

While FAMILYConnections’ Tasting Gala has been an Essex County fundraising favorite for over ten years, this year promises a truly exceptional array of NJ’s finest award-winning restaurants and caterers, including:

Ariyoshi, South Orange

Basilico Restaurant, Millburn

Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar, Morristown

Chef Jesse, Chef to the Stars, South Orange

Fiorino Ristorante, Summit

Libretti’s Restaurant, Orange

Lickt Gelato & Sorbet, Maplewood

Nero’s Grille, Livingston

Papillon 25, South Orange

Restaurant Latour, Hamburg

Restaurant Lorena’s, Maplewood

Restaurant Serenade, Chatham

RW Delights, Home of the Heavenly Souffle, Millington

Slamwich Scratch Kitchen, Madison

Splurge Bakery, Millburn

Strip House, Livingston

The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville

In addition to fine wines and beer, this year’s Gala will also feature specialty vodka cocktails from Tree City Artisan Vodka in Kenilworth, NJ.

“This fun evening will celebrate the work that FAMILYConnections does to build strong families and communities throughout 7 counties,” says Jacques Hryshko, FAMILYConnections’ Executive Director.  “If you want to enjoy the finest food from NJ’s best while helping your neighbors in need, come celebrate with us!”

A Taste of NJ’s Best is sponsored by FAMILYConnections’ Board of Trustees led by South Orange resident, Alan P. Levine.  Jami Thall, of South Orange, and Jody Lipsky, from Maplewood are serving as Co-Chairs.  Other area residents on the Planning Committee include Nelson Troche-Hayes from South Orange and Laura Whitmire of Maplewood.

 FAMILYConnections serves Essex and surrounding counties with 35 behavioral health programs for all ages, helping people overcome major challenges including domestic violence, mental illness, addiction, trauma, and poverty.  Program serving the local community include: The Loft at Columbia High School and The Hub at Maplewood Middle School.

Funds raised from “A Taste of NJ’s Best” will support these services and deliver hope and a second chance for local children and families.

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