By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Gramercy Neighborhood Associates successfully sold out tickets to their seventh annual Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood event, held on Irving Place south of Gramercy Park last weekend.
The organization was still calculating the final tally this week of how much the event raised but GNA President Alan Krevis said this week that 450 tickets were sold, with tickets ranging in price from $50 to $80 on the day of the event.
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit healthy meal programs at local public schools, including School of the Future and PS 40, and all of the leftover food was donated to the Bowery Mission to feed the homeless.
More than 20 local restaurants, including old favorites and ones that are new to the neighborhood, participated in the fundraiser this year. Some of the restaurants participating included the Clocktower, Bouley at Home, Gupshup, Feast, Taco Electrico, Boucherie, the Breslin, Irvington, Paul and Jimmy’s Ristorante, Obica, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, The Stand, Feast and others.
Bread’s Bakery in Union Square was also on hand to pass out rugelach to all ticket holders.
Chef Jack Logue of the Clocktower showcased a tomato tart for the event, which he said is a miniaturized version of an offering on the restaurant’s menu.
“We wanted to embrace the last throes of summer with all these different tomatoes and being so close to the Union Square Greenmarket made it a perfect choice,” he said.
Taco Electrico, one of two restaurants in the W Hotel in Union Square, just celebrated its one-year anniversary in July.
Michael King, who works in Taco Electrico’s corporate office and was just helping out at the event, said that the restaurant brought their favorite taco to TOGN: carnitas de panza, a taco with pork belly, pickled red onion and salsa verde.
“This is our best-selling taco,” he said. “All the different flavor combinations are how to do a taco.”