Eat Well and Do Good at a Taste of Somerville

Somerville is home to dozens of terrific restaurants and on June 5, you can sample delicious food and drinks from more than 30 of them all under one roof. The 14th annual Taste of Somerville will feature a diverse collection of restaurants like Union Square’s new Casa B, Olde Magoun’s Saloon and Davis Square’s Pizzeria Posto, to name just a few. The event is truly a community affair, with the proceeds going to RESPOND, a Somerville agency that pioneered the movement to end domestic violence.

“We participate to reach out to the Somerville community,” said Greg Coughlin, owner of Olde Magoun’s Saloon. “It’s a good representation of Somerville.”

The Taste of Somerville promises to bring together a variety of culinary treats, from ice cream (J.P. Licks) and barbecue (Redbones) to baked goods (Lyndell’s Bakery) and Mexican (The Painted Burro), there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Olde Magoun’s Saloon is cooking up two dishes, one of which is a chicken tikka masala enchilada and the other is yet to be finalized. Attendees can also expect to sample some delicious beers, such a Paulaner hefeweizen.

“We always do two dishes,” said Coughlin, who has participated in the Taste five or six times. “We like to show we’re not just a pub that serves wings and nachos. … We try to do something on the menu, but not always. Sometimes we do something that might be on the menu in the future.”

The Taste of Somerville works to bring people together not just through food, but also through its support of a community organization. This year, proceeds will go to the Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 partner RESPOND, which was founded in Somerville 38 years ago. It was New England’s first domestic violence agency and is the second oldest such organization in the country.

“RESPOND is the first step in seeking help out of a relationship affected by domestic violence, said Jessica Brayden, RESPOND’s executive director. “RESPOND services are available for those who are directly affected, as well as family, friends and co-workers who want to learn how to speak to someone they know who might be in a dangerous relationship. RESPOND services are available to everyone regardless of age, race, religion, national original, location, gender or any other identifying factor or characteristic.”

The organization provides emergency shelter 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, as well as community services like a 24-hour hotline, individual advocacy and support groups, basic assistance to those in need, children’s services, legal support and outreach and education activities. RESPOND will use the money it receives from the Taste of Somerville to further its mission to end domestic violence.

“The Taste is a culinary treat! Over 30 restaurants under one roof showcasing their specialties. Not only can you enjoy all the restaurants, a chocolate fountain, a mariachi band—but you get to support a Somerville, grassroots organization who is working to end domestic violence in your community, schools and neighborhoods,” Brayden said.


Who: More than 30 Somerville restaurants/RESPOND
What: A sampling of fare from local eateries (tickets are $30 in advance/$35 at the door).
Where: Holiday Inn Boston-Somerville, 30 Washington St.
When: Tuesday, June 5, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Why: To come together as a community over good food and drink to support an important Somerville organization.
More Information: Taste of Somerville


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