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Sample the best of the region at Taste of Middlesex

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 3/27/16 

It’s no secret that Middlesex County is host to tons of amazing eateries, sporting cuisine from every corner of the world, each with their own spin on the restaurant industry.

Taste of Middlesex, which will take place on Monday, March 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will give attendants the chance to try them all.

The 20th annual event hosted by the Edison Chamber of Commerce and the Pines Manor is offering tickets for $50 per person and $55 at the door, which allows attendants an all-you-can-eat pass for all of the participating restaurants. Since there are alcohol vendors participating, only adults 21 and over may attend.

Taste of Middlesex, which will take place on Monday, March 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will give attendants the chance to try them all. (Gannett file photo)

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Celebrate NYE like its 1920 at this Edison event

Written for MyCentralJersey.com 

These days, New Year’s Eve parties are usually reduced to overcrowded bars, obscene cover charges and mediocre meals. Gone is the era of upscale entertainment, encompassing ballrooms and fine dining for Dec. 31.

However, thanks to Kay and eLLe Productions, an event production company based in Hillsdale, that has changed in the past few years — most recently with their Gatsby Ball, a New Year’s Eve party at the Pines Manor in Edison that features a masquerade theme.

“My friends and I were looking for something to do for New Year’s about four years ago and we were sick of tired of standing in long lines and doing the same old thing,” said Karen Phillips, owner of Kay and eLLe Productions. “So, we planned a masquerade party, and ever since then, we have done one each year with a new theme.”

About 350 people are expected to attend the 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Gatsby Ball this year, with tickets ranging from $149 to $164 per person that include a five-hour open bar, live DJ playing Top 40 music with a mix of rock, club, dance, Latin and hip-hop, dinner from the Pines Manor, champagne toast, party favors, live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop, coat check, discounted hotel rates and shuttle service.

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