Annual Taste of Finer Things set for April 15

(April 10, 2015) A combination of food from 17 local restaurants and fine wine pairings will be featured Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the annual Taste of Finer Things event to benefit Coastal Hospice at Harrison’s Harbor Watch near the inlet in downtown Ocean City.

Restaurants slated to serve food during the event are: Adolfo’s, Atlantic Hotel, Barn 34, Captain’s Table, Crabs to Go, Desserts by Rita, Embers, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, Hooked, Longboard Café, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill, OC Wasabi, Seacrets, Sunset Grille, Sweet Disposition, Touch of Italy and Wockenfuss.

Harrison Harbor Watch employees will be shucking oysters, while crab dishes will be prepare a number of ways, and Italian treats will be offered, said Coastal Hospice Development Director, Maureen McNeill.

“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,” Stephanie Meehan, chairperson for the event, stated in a release. “The setting overlooking the Ocean City inlet at sunset couldn’t be more perfect and it’s for a very good cause.”

Lauren Glick and Mike Armstrong will be providing entertainment during the gathering.

Diners will receive a wine glass when they walk in the door and go from station to station tasting a variety of food while sampling paired wine. Tables will be set up along the wall for each restaurant and in the middle for attendees to enjoy conversation during their meals, McNeill said.

Taste of Finer Things is a fundraiser to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean in Berlin, which will be a home for those who no longer feel safe living alone. It will be a hospice residence and outreach center with programs including community-based palliative care and bereavement support, McNeill said.

“There will be a medical care facility and the goal is to make it feel just like home as much as we can make it,” McNeill said.

The annual event has raised more than $106,000 to date and last year $20,000 was collected to fund the structure. Coastal Hospice has raised about $3 million of the $5 million needed to start construction, she said.

The event is typically a sellout. As of Tuesday, organizers have sold about 150 tickets. The event is capped at 225 people. The cost is $95 per person. Reservations can be made at CoastalHospice.org or by calling 410-641-5481.

“It has become a warm event in Ocean City with longtime folks and committee members coming out to support, which makes it a success,” McNeill said.

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

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