When the Beacon Hill Business Association’s 13th annual “Taste of Beacon Hill” returns to the Revere Hotel on Oct. 5 after a two-year hiatus, the eagerly anticipated event will again showcase favorite dishes from some of the neighborhood’s most popular restaurants.
“The ‘Taste’ is one of the most successful and enjoyable events that the Business Association puts on,” said Rebecca Penner-Hall, president of the non-profit group. “It was on hiatus for a couple of years, but now, we hope to bring it back with a bang.”
The ‘Taste’ will feature unlimited tasting from more than 20 local restaurants, and for the first time this year, the event includes a runaway show to coincide with the commencement of Boston Fashion Week, with professional models and fall fashion and accessories provided by Hill boutiques.
“The fashion show is a great way to integrate businesses into the event,” said Penner-Hall, who co-owns Crush Boutique, which has stores on Charles Street and Newbury Street in the Back Bay. “And for guests, it’s well worth the price of admission to really get to sample a variety of restaurants.”
This year’s event will also feature a cash bar; music, courtesy of deejay Matt McCord; and a silent auction, including an overnight stay at the XV Beacon boutique hotel and Boston Duck Tours tickets, among other alluring items.
A portion of proceeds from the event goes to the “Taste of Beacon Hill” Scholarship Fund, which helps defray the cost of culinary school for a deserving graduate of Boston Public Schools. This year’s recipient is 18-year-old Adriana Rankins, who graduated from Brighton High School in 2014, and is now enrolled in Newbury College.
“The scholarship fund is great because it keeps restaurants interested in participating, since it gives back to their industry by helping someone who wants to go to culinary school,” said Babek Bina, a Business Association advisory board member who founded the “Taste” event and scholarship fund. He also owns five Boston restaurants, including Beacon Hill’s Lela Rosh and Bin 26 Erotica.
“People didn’t think of Beacon Hill as a culinary destination,” Bina said. “Of course, we have some of the greatest restaurants in the city, and we want to showcase that.”
Bina said the event also engenders a sense of camaraderie among the guests in attendance, as well as participating restaurants that share pride in their culinary creations.
“The ‘Taste’ is perfect example of how the community, both commercial and residential, comes together to not only have fun, but also to celebrate the most basic thing in life, which is eating,” Bina said. “And proceeds from the event enable the scholarship recipients to better their lives.”
The 13th annual “Taste of Beacon Hill” takes place at the Revere Hotel at 200 Stuart St. on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. General-admission tickets cost $60 each and are $55 each for Business Association members; tickets are non-refundable, and will not be sold at the door.
Visit https://historicbeaconhill.com/index.php/events to purchase tickets and for more information.
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