Third annual 'Taste of Windsor' sells out

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Mar. 14, 2013
Jay Barbarotta of Zocco's sprinkles some cheese on Robbie Niemann's dish at the 'Taste of Windsor' event on March 9. Barbarotta owns Zocco's along with Wayne Silva and Luigi Casle. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Jay Barbarotta of Zocco's sprinkles some cheese on Robbie Niemann's dish at the 'Taste of Windsor' event on March 9. Barbarotta owns Zocco's along with Wayne Silva and Luigi Casle. Photos by Colin Rajala.

First Town Downtown’s "Taste of Windsor" hit the ground running two years ago as the premiere event to showcase the culinary talents and cuisine in town. The third annual event grew to an all-time high, as it sold out the Loomis Chafee dining hall on March 9.

“As much as we didn’t like to turn people away, it was exciting for us for the event to grow to be that large,” said event coordinator Ashley Williams Dufresne. “Its fun, it’s social and people enjoy coming to see what Windsor has to offer. There is not another event where you can see and try all these things that Windsor restaurants have to offer.”

Guests were treated to a variety of new experiences, trying restaurants they never knew existed and food they never imagined sampling. This year’s restaurants included Union Street Tavern, Zocco's Restaurant and Pizza, Vito's by the Water, Nat Hayden's, Dom's Broad Street Eatery, Windsor 75, Izote Southwest Grill, Lilly's Catering, Bart's Beanery, and the RC Grille at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott. Accompanying the appetizers and entrees were desserts and baked goods made fresh from Get Baked, Sweet Spot Bake Shop, and Moneta Moments.

The gala also featured samplings from local craft breweries and tastings of a wide variety of spirits. The samplings and tastings were provided by Bert’s Spirit Shoppe, Burnside Brewing, Back East Brewing Company and Onyx Moonshine.

The restaurants and spirits were lined along each side of the room, with circular tables seating eight to 10 people filling the center of the hall, which gave residents space to sample the menu and to socialize. The event featured Trey Wilson performing a collection of rock, blues and funk to add to the intimate setting. New to the event was a chance to win a half-carat diamond and setting valued at $1,500 donated by Bill Selig Jewelers. The diamond was won by Leisha Ritchie, who was speechless after winning.

“Windsor  is a fantastic town and it really does have a lot to offer, and when you put it all in room like that its even easier to see,” Williams Dufresne said.


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