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.
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.”