Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club’s seventh annual Taste of Evanston festival on Sept. 19 will feature 30 of Evanston’s finest restaurants, wine shops and brewers on the great lawn of the historic Charles Gates Dawes House, home of the Evanston History Center.
The menu for the fundraiser, which will be open from 3 to 6 p.m., will include popular dishes from the kitchens of Alcove, Clarke’s Off Campus, Coffee Lab, Comfort Desserts, Cross-Rhodes, Cupitol, CW Market and Ice Cream Parlor, Edzo’s Burger Shop, Farmhouse, Firehouse Grill, Hecky’s Barbecue, Hewn Artisan Bread, Kansaku, Kerrygold, Koi, Lulu’s, Mt. Everest Restaurant, NaKorn, Next of Kin, Noire d’Ebéne, Peckish Pig, Rezas, Shangri-La, Soul & Smoke, Taco Diablo and YoFresh Yogurt Café.
Participating local breweries include Sketchbook Brewing Co. and Temperance Beer Co. Wine will be provided by Vinic Wine Co. and the Wine Goddess. Soft drinks will be courtesy of Valli Produce.
While sampling food and drink at the Dawes House, former residence of the 30th vice president of the United States, guests can enjoy a view of the lakefront, live music and a silent auction. They also will be helping to address one of Evanston’s most pressing issues: housing insecurity.
The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club fundraiser is raising money for two organizations that are attacking the problem: Connections for the Homeless, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families that are homeless or threatened with homelessness to achieve stable housing, and Reba Place Development Corp., which is developing safe, decent, and affordable housing that demonstrates how the diverse racial and cultural groups in Evanston can thrive together. Reba Place also sponsors and supports a range of affordable housing options, including modestly priced rental units, housing co-ops and affordable condominiums.
A portion of the proceeds will also support the ongoing philanthropic efforts of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club.
The adult ticket price of $90 includes all food and beverages. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. In order to ensure a safe environment, all guests will be asked to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
For tickets and additional information, please visit tasteofevanston.org.