'Taste of Rhode Island,' a foodie delight, benefits homeless

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The Taste of Rhode Island came to the Crowne Plaza in Warwick June 6 featuring tasting samples from 50 of the best food, wine, beer and spirit providers in Rhode Island. Tickets had sold out prior to event.  

The tasting event, created by Pat Paolino Cruz and Lupe Aguilar, had surpassed expectations of popularity by area "foodies." In fact, the event sold-out of exhibit space within the first three months of planning.

“Taste of Rhode Island was a premiere culinary tasting event – a delicious celebration of great food, fabulous entertainment and, local wine, beer and spirits,” said Cruz. “Amazing eateries, caterers, bakeries, wineries, breweries and artisans showcased delicious offerings.” Entertainment was provided by the Steven Palumbo Jazz Ensemble.

A portion of ticket sales, as well as raffle and silent auction items, benefited the MAE Organization for the Homeless.

“My heart is so filled with gratitude this morning for everyone who made the Taste of Rhode Island possible,” said Martina Javid, founder and director of the MAE Organization for the Homeless.

Raffles raised approximately $650 toward MAE and a portion of ticket sales also benefited the organization. Proceeds from the event that went to MAE will go towards assisting families get into housing. They are presently helping five families, in addition to many programs and food assistance help that MAE provides throughout the year.

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