The In-person Tasting Event is Back!

April 06, 2022

The In-person Tasting Event is Back!

The In-person Tasting event is back! After a two-year break due to the Pandemic, we are excited to host this fabulous event on Thursday, May 12 from 7 -10 PM at The Stave Room. Tickets are on sale now, and will sell out!

The Tasting, now in its 22nd year, is a fun, elegant affair that benefits the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program (Z-H ILP) of JF&CS. The Z-H ILP is a highly individualized, nonsectarian, person-centered supportive living program that enables people with disabilities to live as independently as possible.

Tasting Co-Chair Vanessa Frank shared what it means for her to lead this year’s in-person event. “I am grateful for the opportunity to honor the Z-H ILP in person this year. There is a powerful energy and connection to the community that comes from sharing a room with people whose values and support for a cause align with your own.”

At the event, guests can enjoy delicious bites from an exciting list of restaurants, bid on incredible experiences and silent auction items, and discover a favorite new wine or beverage, all while supporting adults with disabilities.

Clients of Z-H ILP join community members to celebrate and support this important program. JF&CS clients also create artwork that will be included in this year’s silent auction.

Honorary chairs, Pearlann & Jerry Horowitz are happy to celebrate the Tasting with family and friends again. "Unfortunately, Covid interfered a lot with plans for The Tasting, so we are excited to finally be in person again. The Tasting is a wonderful opportunity to see and understand what a difference the Z-H ILP makes and the opportunities it affords the individuals it supports," said Pearlann.

Event Co-Chair, Amy Lewis shared why the event is important to her. "The Tasting is a fun, festive and meaningful event that enables Z-H ILP to operate and thrive. It is very close to heart as my sister was developmentally disabled. I want others to have access to a fulfilling and happy life like she lived…and that is what this program provides…it’s priceless!" she said.

Eighteen restaurants have already signed on to share their culinary creations at the Tasting; including Added Touch Catering, Alici, Aziza, Bastone, Botica, C&S Seafood, The General Muir, High Roller Sushi, Kaiser's, La Grotta, La Tavola, My Kind of Cookies, Nan Thai Fine Dining, Nur Kitchen, Pricci, Rathbun's, The Select and Zest Catering.

A heartfelt thank you goes to our incredible sponsors and event leadership supporting the efforts of Z-H ILP. Thank you to our event chairs, Vanessa Frank and Amy Lewis, honorary chairs, Pearlann & Jerry Horowitz, libations chair, Mark Brown, Tasting Event Restaurant Chairs, Amy Fingerhut and Scott Horowitz, and Auction Chairs, Rachel Caldes and Jami Kohn, as well as all the many other volunteers helping with the event. Your passion for this cause is deeply appreciated.

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