If you'd like to sample the food and beverage wares of nearly two dozen Cape Ann restaurants, caters and other food providers — and if you'd like to support two good causes in the process — Wednesday night offers you that chance.
The occasion is the third annual Taste of Cape Ann, hosted by the Gloucester Daily Times, its Taste of the Times section and online cooking video and recipe package, and Cape Ann magazine.
Slated for Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester, the event offers culinary and liquid samplings from a record number of vendors for the $20 admission — with all proceeds to be divided between Cape Ann Animal Aid and The Open Door food pantry and service provider.
The community fund-raiser was launched in 2010 in conjunction with what was then the 100th recording of a Taste of the Times cooking video, featuring Taste of the Times content coordinator Joe Langhan and Times' food columnist Heather Atwood.
Since that time, the number of Taste of the Times videos and recipes - all displayed through the Taste of the Times pages at gloucestertimes.com — have soared, and are produced both online and through the Times' weekly Wednesday food pages.
Last year's Taste event drew a crowd of some 250 diners or samplers, while Wednesday's event has sold out its number of available vendor spaces at 23.
The listing of participants in this year's event are as follows:
Joe Langhan (Taste of the Times);
Alchemy Tapas & Bistro;
Nicholas Seafood & Grille;
The Gloucester House;
Ryan & Wood Distillery
Classic Cooks caterers;
Cakes by Barbara;
Tuck's Candy Factory;
Intershell Seafood Market;
Cape Ann Brewing Co.;
Emerson Inn of Rockport;
Jim's Bagels & Bake Shoppe;
The Franklin of Cape Ann;
Lark Fine Foods;
Five Guys Burgers & Fries.
All tickets are available at the door.