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October 1, 2013

Foodie benefit for YMCA set for Thursday

Diners can feast on the foods of 25 local restaurants and vendors Thursday evening at the Cape Ann YMCA’s fifth annual Taste of Cape Ann,

The event — featuring food, wine, beer and spirits — takes place at Cruiseport, Oct. 3, starting at 6 p.m. All proceeds directly impact the Y’s Teen Leadership Development programs through the organization’s teen centers in both Gloucester and Rockport, which support a number of outreach programs for local students.

In particular, the proceeds from this year will benefit the youth service learning trips. The event is separate from the Taste of Cape Ann hosted each spring by the Gloucester Daily Times, its Taste of the Times feature section,, and Cape Ann magazine.

This year’s restaurants and vendors include: Alchemy, Caffe Sicilia, Cape Ann Brewery, Classic Cooks, Dog Bar, Duckworth’s Bistro, Emerson Inn by the Sea, Foreign Affairs Wine Bar & Bistro, Giuseppe’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, Jalapeños Mexican Restaurant, Jenny Cakes, Latitude 43, Laurie Lufkin Cooking, Lobstaland, Mamie’s Kitchen, Mile Marker One, MoJo Cold Brewed Coffees, Passports, Ryan & Wood Distillaries, The Seaport Grill, Stone’s Pub, Virgilio’s, and Wally’s Blackburn Bistro.

Rick Doucette, executive director of the Cape Ann YMCA and Teen Camp Services, said this event helps greatly to raise money for the teen programming in support of the children of Cape Ann.

“Providing leadership-development programming is the cornerstone of our mission-driven work and a way for teens to go be engaged and active in the community and beyond,” he said.

Nikki Marin, youth and teen director, said this year there are new restaurants and vendors taking part.

“I’m really excited about this event and there is a lot of excitement leading up to it,” she said. “This will be a great night and a lot of fun. Everyone who has gone in years past said they had more than enough food and I’m looking forward to another great night.”

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-700, x3445, or at

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