Ocean City Today

Taste of Finer Things helps Coastal Hospice

Restaurants to put their best fare forward at annual wine-and-dine fundraiser
By Katie Tabeling | Mar 30, 2017
Mariah and Maddie Sterrett of Crabs To Go, sever shrimp during the 2016 Taste of Finer Things at Harrison's Harbor Watch in Ocean City.

(March 31, 2017) Signature dishes from 18 local restaurants paired with wine will be in the offing at the eighth annual Taste of Finer Things event to benefit the Coastal Hospice. The wine-and-dine event will be held at Harrison’s Harbor Watch on April 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Participating restaurants are Atlantic Hotel, Barn 34, Bonfire, Captain’s Table, Crabs to Go, Desserts by Rita, Embers/BLU, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, Hooked, Ky West, Longboard Café, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill, OC Wasabi, Seacrets, Sunset Grille, Sweet Disposition, Touch of Italy and Wockenfuss.

“These restaurants will bring something extraordinary or their signature to the event,” said Coastal Hospice Development Director Maureen McNeill. “It will all be bite-sized, because people will be drinking our wine that is specifically picked out for each dish.”

Musician Lauren Glick will provide entertainment.

All proceeds from Taste of Finer Things will go to the capital campaign to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, a hospice residence and outreach center in Ocean Pines.

Over the years, Taste of Finer Things has raised roughly $180,000, McNeill said. The groundbreaking for the hospice facility will be held in April.

The inaugural Taste of the Finer Things began when a group of local women agreed to organize a fundraising event in 2009.

“We’re very lucky they decided to fundraise for us,” McNeill said. “It’s incredible that restaurants have been doing this for so long, and we’ve established this relationship with the volunteers.”

The Taste of Finer Things committee members are Stephanie Meehan, Macky Stansell, Pam Buckley, Karen Cramer, Cathy Donovan, Madalaine How, Marcia Howarth, Elaine Jacobs, Donna Leiner and Gayle Widdowson.

Event Chairwoman Meehan said that the event is an opportunity to enjoy a fine dining experience while watching the sun set at the Ocean City Inlet.

“This wonderful evening is a chance for lovers of fine food and fine wine to sample some of the best the Ocean City area has to offer and know they’re supporting a great cause – Coastal Hospice,” Meehan said in a press release.

Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization, which was founded in 1980. It cares for patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.

Taste of Finer Things usually sells out, and tickets went quickly in 2016. As of Monday, organizers had sold 206 tickets. The event is capped at 225 people.

“We’re expecting to sell out again this year,” McNeill said.

Reservations are $100 per person and can be made at CoastalHospice.org/Taste.

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