Organizers of Taste of Somerville have announced new details about the event, including how it’s planning to be as green as possible, new restaurants, and the addition of live entertainment, courtesy of two Somerville bands. There will also be a new tent, to accommodate more participating restaurants (32) than last year, a silent auction, and to provide some seating.
The green initiatives include purchasing a carbon offset (www.terrapass.com), courtesy of Bonney Automotive, and donating any left-over food to the Cambridge and Somerville Program for Alcoholism and Drug Rehabilitation. Organizer Door2Door SCM Transportation will also provide round-trip shuttle service every 20 minutes, starting at 5:10 p.m., from the pick-up area at Sullivan Station.
“Our organization is centered on doing the right thing in the community. Going green is a natural next step…but it is expensive,” said Reed Cochran, Executive Director, of Door2Door. “We are working to balance the need to raise money for our non-profit with the expense of providing re-usable or compostable napkins, plates and utensils for more than 400 diners sampling tastes from 32 area restaurants. We’ve even considered asking for donations of real flatware and cloth napkins for attendees. But each additional green effort requires new logistical gymnastics or more dollars.”
Organizers are also recruiting volunteers to help at the event or to assist in sorting trash, recyclables, and possibly compostable items. Those interested in helping out are invited to fill out the survey .
John McQuillan, Chief Executive Officer of Triumvirate Environmental, the Title Sponsor, applauded the green initiative. “As a leader in environmental health and safety, the Triumvirate team recognizes the challenges that must be met to go green. The steps taken this year are a strong start in the right direction.”
Five additional restaurants will participate: Gargoyles, Orleans, Pulse Café, Rudy’s Café, and Sabur. Home Baked Bliss Gourmet Cookies, the Center for the Arts at the Armory, and Cambridge Brewing Company will also be there, bringing the number of participating restaurants and food establishments to 32.
There will also be a silent auction, with items like Red Sox tickets, local behind-the-scenes tours to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, posters signed by members of the troupe, and a family portrait by well known photographer Frank Siteman, with many more to come. Two local bands, Le Prestige (http://www.myspace.com/leprestigemusic) and The Birds of Play (http://thebirdsofplay.wordpress.com/), will provide live music.
Advance tickets ($25) are available online and at Somerville Theatre and Porter Square Books. Ticket sales have been strong, and space is limited, so please buy your tickets in advance rather than at the door ($30). Last year’s event drew more than 400 people.