Press Release

CONTACT: Bill Glader

MEDIA RELEASE:     Taste of Evanston

Date:                           July 8, 2018
Time:                           4 - 7pm
Location:                     Charles Gates Dawes House, Evanston, IL
Parking:                       Free street parking


Taste of Evanston Raises the Bar for Food Festivals with Charity Twist

Evening Food Festival Grows Again -- Year Four Focus: Homelessness

40 Restaurants and Wine Shops and Brewers Participate

June 19, 2018 - Evanston The 4th Annual Taste of Evanston, The North Shore’s summer food festival dedicated to charity, has expanded ticket sales this year, after selling out last year. 40 of Evanston’s most celebrated restaurants, breweries, and wine purveyors will serve their best-selling appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages on Sunday, July 8, from 4-7 pm on the great lawn of the historic Charles Gates Dawes House.

“Evanston is home to a lot of charitable organizations, and it’s also a haven for foodies, so an upscale food festival for charity makes a lot of sense,” said Marv Edelstein, President of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club, which launched and still hosts the Evanston tradition.

Tours of the spectacular home of our 30th US Vice President will be running throughout the evening as festivalgoers dine and enjoy bucolic views of Greenwood Street Beach and Lake Michigan. Vince Gerasole, award winning reporter and anchor for CBS 2 Chicago, will emcee the event.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the door.

$80 - General Admission
$40 - Student
$10 - Child under 12

By focusing on one community-wide need each year, the Festival both raises awareness and enough money to have a real impact. This year, money raised will go primarily to two nonprofits:

●     Connections for the Homeless, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families that are homeless or threatened with homelessness to achieve stable housing

●     Reba Place Development Corporation - developing safe, decent, and affordable housing that demonstrates how the diverse racial and cultural groups in Evanston can thrive together.

Connection’s Executive Director Betty Bogg said,  “We are honored to be selected this year by the Evanston Rotary Lighthouse as a recipient of the proceeds from the Taste of Evanston. This will go directly to support our homelessness prevention, shelter and housing programs.”

Adrian Willoughby, Executive Director of Reba Place Development Corp, added, “Being one of the 2018 Lighthouse Rotary beneficiaries will allow us to continue our mission of building community into the housing that we offer individuals and families.”

Evanston has become known for its diversity and sheer number of restaurants. This year, an additional 5 restaurants have signed up to participate in the event. “It’s all about the community,” said Sandy Chen of Koi, a participating restaurant. “I love Evanston and I want to make a contribution.”

“Taste of Evanston is a great opportunity to meet nice people, and to serve the community” said restaurateur Ramakant Kharel whose Mt. Everest Restaurant has participated in the Taste since the beginning. This year his new restaurant, Red Hot Chilli Pepper, will be added to the roster. 

The festival menu will also include popular dishes from the kitchens of Agortles Dessert Shop, Bangers & Lace, Bluestone, Boltwood, Bourbon ‘n Brass, Celtic Knot, Chef’s Station, Cupitol, DB3 Donuts, Edzo’s, Farmhouse, Frio Gelato, Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine, Hearth Restaurant, Hecky’s Barbecue, Hewn Artisan Bread, Hoosier Mama, Jennifer’s Edibles, Kabul House, Kansaku, Kerrygold, Kinship, Lulu’s, NaKorn, Noire d’Ebéne, Patisserie Coralie, Peckish Pig, Rock ‘n Ravioli, Taco Diablo, Taco Diablo, Tomate Fresh Kitchen, That Little Mexican Café, and YoFresh Yogurt Cafe. Participating local breweries include Sketchbook Brewing Company and Temperance Beer Company. Wine will provided by Vinic Wine Company, and the Wine Goddess. Soft drinks courtesy of Valli Produce and International Fresh Market.  More information about the event is available at