The Methuen Exchange Club thanks the sea of hungry patrons who turned out for their 19th annual Original Taste of Methuen. The club’s biggest annual fund-raiser, where hundreds of guests sample the mouth-watering offerings of local food establishments, was another huge success.

Even with an unpreventable last-minute venue change to the Lawrence Elks Lodge, The Taste was again a sell-out.

Club member Jack MacLeod happily said, “We sold all 340 tickets. … This event is all about the kids, the backpack program at St. Ann’s Home, Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley, food baskets for the needy as well as scholarships.”

Sixteen Methuen restaurants participated with samples of some of their favorite dishes. Fireside Restaurant and Pub served up pasta, George’s Bakery and Kerry’s Kitchen each had their own take on grape leaves, Harrow’s prepared delicious samples of their chicken pies, Casa Blanca and Mi Mexico Lindo both prepared delightful Mexican fare. JayGee’s Ice Cream offered up sundaes with all the toppings, while Jersey Mike’s handed out various samples of their sandwiches. 

Culinary Arts instructor Scott Stewart, from the Greater Lawrence Technical School, proudly said, “The Seafood Chowder was made by all my sophomore students. Delicious enough to serve in their Four Winds Restaurant.”

Other participating restaurants included Borrelli’s Italian Deli, Heavn’ly Donuts, the Irish Cottage, Lenzi’s, Mann Orchards, Muddy Waters and Royal House of Roast Beef.

Exchange Club Treasurer Linda Buell said, “I’m having the best time ever!”

Member Kathy Jones added, “Having so much fun!”