By Maya Rader
On Saturday, September 24, about 400 people gathered on Irving Place between 17th and 18th Street for the Taste of Gramercy food festival. There were 22 vendors, most of them from neighborhood restaurants. Caitlin Azzolini, a worker at a stand for the Italian restaurant Paul & Jimmy’s, said the restaurant has had a stand at the event for the past four years. She said the event is a “really great opportunity to be supportive of the neighborhood.”
The Paul & Jimmy’s stand served homemade meatballs and sauce.
Julie Fox, an attendee of the event, commented, “It’s nice to get samples from all of the places.” Her friend, Jess Panos, continued, “I really liked them all, especially the lobster roll and the truffle gnocchi.”
At a stand for Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon, elegant pastries were displayed on fancy dishes along with tea in little teacups. Worker Tanner Hussar remarked that many people haven’t had high tea, and it’s something a little different.
The event, which was a fundraiser for two neighborhood schools, was run by Gramercy Neighborhood Associates. Alan Krevis, the board president of GNA, remarked, “The turnout is amazing, and it’s a wonderful day.”