WESTBOROUGH, Mass. -- The sights, sounds and smells were all about food at the DoubleTree Hotel Westborough as over two dozen restaurants, breweries and wine distributors gathered to represent the boroughs and support a good cause.
The fifth annual Taste of the Boroughs gala was held Sunday, March 25. Proceeds from advertising and auctions held at the event went to support the Boroughs Jewish Community Center.
Boroughs JCC spokesman David Crandall estimated 250-300 advanced tickets had been sold, on par with last year. About an hour into the event, at least 300 were crowding into the ballroom at the hotel.
"We try to be big within the boroughs," said Christina Arcure of Yama Zakura of Northborough, which offers sushi and Asian fusion cuisine. "We have a lot of clientele in the community that have shown us great support, and so it's nice to show our appreciation."
"It's good exposure," said Jay Chung, owner and manager of Sapporo of Westborough, which offers Korean barbeque and sushi. "Our food is a little unusual for the boroughs, so we're trying to get people to try it and have some fun."
Ava Pandiani of Bistro Limoncello of Northborough said that the event shows that businesses in the boroughs stick together for a good cause.
That good cause included the preschool at the Jewish Community Center. Michelle Friedberg was representing the JCC, and said the school has helped her son, who had been very shy, become more social.
"The teachers are exceptional. They are caring and nurturing," she said. "It's a wonderful place."
Westborough resident Ed Sherr, in line to enter the event, said he wanted to support his friends at the JCC.
"It's going to be a great success, and it's great for the town," he said.
E.J. Dotts, who enjoys programs at the center, including Israeli dancing, said was also there to support the center.
"It's really great to have in our community," she said.