Taste Of Summer’s Tasty Feast At Bethesda Terrace

by Alexandra Ilyashov

Forget picnicking in the park: Central Park Conservancy’s annual Taste Of Summer event brought dozens of the hautest restaurants around town to Bethesda Terrace last eve. The lavish spread included SD26’s beloved yolk-filled ‘uovo in raviolo’ dish, topped with mushrooms and asparagus, roe-decked salmon hand rolls from Kappa Masa, lamb merguez sausage from Rotisserie Georgette, raw tuna tacos in crispy wonton taco shells from Tao, and much more. This year’s events featured a special section filled with bites from the iconic Sirio Maccioni‘s empire of restos, including goat cheese panna cotta, eggplant parm-filled pasta, fluke crudo, creme brulee, and gelato in flavors like opal basil.

“The Taste of Summer is one of my favorite events of the year. I love all the delicious tastings and being in the Park by Bethesda Terrace is so special on a beautiful night,” Gillian Miniter, a longtime member of the host committee, told The Daily. “I’ve been involved with the Central Park conservancy for 15 years and I love the Park because it a beautiful oasis in the middle of a hectic city and its free for everyone to enjoy. It’s a magical place.”

After filling up, the crowd hit the dance floor (DJ Kiss provided the tunes) and got busy bidding on the array of auction items on offer. For the sweets-inclined, it was hard to resist a piece (or three) of Bridgewater Chocolate’s treats on the way out…

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