Volume 16 • Issue 53 | May 28 - June 3, 2004



A sellout for Taste of Tribeca

It may not have been its intention, but last Saturday’s Taste of Tribeca festival celebrated their 10th anniversary by leaving people hungry. “It was unbelievable,” said Maia Wechsler, a co-chair of the festival, about the success of the event. “We sold out for the first time ever - it was the first time we had to turn people away.” Wechsler said a combination of media coverage and good weather helped bring over 3,500 people down to Tribeca for the event’s 10th anniversary. Those lucky enough to get tickets were able to sample menu items from 55 neighborhood restaurants. Other events such as the tasting of Loire Valley wines at Chambers Street Wine and the musical performances by students were also well attended. Created in 1994, the festival has showcased Tribeca restaurants while funding such arts and enrichment programs as ballroom dancing and fiction writing at elementary schools P.S. 150 and P.S. 234. “The great thing about this is it truly is a grass roots event,” said Wechsler. “It’s refreshing for a community that is changing to have an event they can come back to year in and year out and that is truly what this community is about.”



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