2014-11-28 / Your City

10th annual Taste of North Central brings in $85K

By David Dore


Left, Melissa Croteau, left, and Todd Tobias from Oak Hill Country Club in Fitchburg served macaroons at the 10th annual Taste of North Central. Right, Lexi Maldonado, left, and Heather Beaulac from Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections in Leominster are seen with some of the sweet treats offered at the Taste of North Central. 
David Dore photos Left, Melissa Croteau, left, and Todd Tobias from Oak Hill Country Club in Fitchburg served macaroons at the 10th annual Taste of North Central. Right, Lexi Maldonado, left, and Heather Beaulac from Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections in Leominster are seen with some of the sweet treats offered at the Taste of North Central. David Dore photos The 10th annual Taste of North Central is expected to bring in about $85,000 for the Montachusett Opportunity Council, a third more than last year.

“It should be a banner year, and it was,” MOC Associate Director Tricia Pistone said Friday, Nov. 21. “It was the best year yet.”

The Taste of North Central was held Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the DoubleTree Leominster. It featured 32 restaurants from across the region and four beverage vendors — Wachusett Brewery, Wyman’s Liquors, Pepsi and Polar Beverage.

“It’s amazing, the response we get from restaurants that want to participate,” Pistone said.


Cloclwise from top left, The Leominster High School Jazz Band performs a selection. Eric Stone, head chef of Sharky’s Seafood and BBQ in Leominster, cooks up a dish. People who attended the Taste of North Central enjoyed not only many varieties of food, but also beer and wine from Wachusett Brewery and Wyman’s Liquors. Cloclwise from top left, The Leominster High School Jazz Band performs a selection. Eric Stone, head chef of Sharky’s Seafood and BBQ in Leominster, cooks up a dish. People who attended the Taste of North Central enjoyed not only many varieties of food, but also beer and wine from Wachusett Brewery and Wyman’s Liquors. New this year were beer and wine tastings, a VIP hour from 4:30-5:30 p.m., followed by general admission starting at 5:30 p.m., and electronic bidding on silent auction items.

Greg Byrne, co-host of the morning show on WSRS-FM 96.1 in Worcester, served as master of ceremonies. Music was provided by DJ Greg Bedard and the Leominster High School Jazz Band.

Proceeds from the Taste of North Central will be used for MOC programs to help families and children, including its emergency food, fuel and housing fund. Services for low-income local residents provided by MOC with money from previous events include rental and utility assistance, a homework center and summer camp, and summer jobs for teenagers.

A collection was held at the Taste of North Central for MOC’s holiday basket drive, which provides dinners to local families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. According to Pistone, the collection raised $900.

More than 150 Thanksgiving baskets were distributed over the last week, she said.

“The money we raise goes right back into the local community,” Pistone noted.

For more information on the Montachusett Opportunity Council and its programs, visit www.mocinc.org.


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