Taste Of Chatham Serves Up Good Food For A Great Cause

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: Benefits , Chatham , Community events

It was a fine evening for some fabulous food when the 2018 Taste of Chatham came back to town on July 30, with area restaurants serving up delicious dishes to support Monomoy Community Services. Here, Daniel Coté and Ysmael Marte of Chatham Bars Inn serve up sumptuous sliders to a happy patron. Kat Szmit Photo

CHATHAM – What do smoked carrots, cheese fondue, flavored shaved ice, and chocolate cupcakes all have in common? Each was part of the varied menu at the Taste of Chatham on July 30, an event that served up excellent fare for an even better cause: supporting Monomoy Community Services.

Commemorative Taste of Chatham wine glasses await patrons of the 2018 event.

Commemorative Taste of Chatham wine glasses await patrons of the 2018 event.

Earlier on the day of the festive and greatly anticipated event, children in the MCS summer program made stunning flower arrangements that adorned the tables beneath the big white tent, each accompanied by cards revealing who made that particular arrangement, and what his or her favorite aspect of MCS is, with answers ranging from archery to crazy science.

Area eateries offered a wealth of sumptuous foods and beverages to satisfy even the most discriminating palate, including refreshing gazpacho, scallop ceviche, pork sliders with kimchi, fish tacos, and even hot dogs to rival those at Fenway Park. But the real draw was the opportunity to raise funds for Monomoy Community Services, a local non-profit that provides social services, childcare, and counseling for Chatham residents.

Theresa Malone, executive director of Monomoy Community Services, said what she appreciates most about the annual event is seeing the community's dedication to supporting MCS.

“For me personally, it is seeing this many people in the busiest part of the year, still make time for the kids in town,” Malone said. “It's a testament to this town. There's an awful lot of generosity.”

Flower arrangements at the Taste of Chatham were made by children of the Monomoy Community Services summer program, who also filled out cards with their favorite activities.

Flower arrangements at the Taste of Chatham were made by children of the Monomoy Community Services summer program, who also filled out cards with their favorite activities.

Pate with fresh dill was a popular appetizer at the Wequasset Inn table. 

Pate with fresh dill was a popular appetizer at the Wequasset Inn table. 

Will Clarke and Finn Lynch shuck fresh oysters and littlenecks at the Elwood's Raw Bars booth. 

Will Clarke and Finn Lynch shuck fresh oysters and littlenecks at the Elwood's Raw Bars booth. 

Scallops ceviche are artfully arranged at the Inn at Chatham table.

Scallops ceviche are artfully arranged at the Inn at Chatham table.

The Bert Jackson Quartet provides the perfect music for the Taste of Chatham. 

The Bert Jackson Quartet provides the perfect music for the Taste of Chatham. 

Meredith Richter of the Chatham Jam and Jelly Shop is joined by Zi Hen Lin and Yin Hau Lam of Malaysia at her Taste of Chatham table.

Meredith Richter of the Chatham Jam and Jelly Shop is joined by Zi Hen Lin and Yin Hau Lam of Malaysia at her Taste of Chatham table.

The Taste of Chatham proved a popular event on July 30.

The Taste of Chatham proved a popular event on July 30.