Posted by mholbrow on Jun 14, 2012.

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Taste of Cambridge

Photo: "Don't Drive Like My Brother!"  A number from Car Talk: the Musical!!! was a highlight of the annual Taste Of Cambridge on Tuesday. Cast members on stage, l. to r.: Christian Denzel Bufford, Elyse Collier, Jonathan Luke-Stevens, Edward Tolve, Scott Severance (singing), Desi Klock-Perez, Leigh Burnett. Composer/Director Wesley Savick (not shown) provided spirited accompaniment from beside the stage. The show opens June 14, at the Central Square Theater.

Taste of Cambridge marked its 10th anniversary here on Tuesday, June 12. A crowd lined up at the entrance at the corner of Sidney and Franklin for the 5:30 p.m. opening;  inside, people flocked to the stands hosted by local restaurants, merchants, and brewers from Abigail’s to Zuzu — some 90 businesses in all.

Strolling from hors-d’oeuvres to main-dish samples to bite-size sweets, and washing things down with local beer, wine, and soft drinks, folks could network and schmooze, hear live music and catch up on public affairs with local politicians. The weather forecast had been iffy, but in fact it was a balmy afternoon here at 42.37°N   71.13W.°

In addition to showcasing local businesses, Taste of Cambridge was raising funds for local non-profit organizations struggling to combat some of society’s stiffest challenges. The organizer is the Cambridge Licensee Advisory Board (CLAB), which works with license-holders to reduce underage drinking and to promote moderation and respect for the state’s liquor license laws.

Click to start up the slide show below and see the five organizations that will benefit this year;   then select the "Expand" arrows to get the big picture, and click on "Show Info" for captions identifying people and organizations. Cambridge Community Television is up front with (l to r) Executive Director Susan Fleischmann, Clodagh Drummey, Neha Agrawal, and Sarah Cortes.

 

The five non-profit beneficiaries are:
• CCTV, which offers local teens opportunities to produce educational programs that help to combat alcohol and substance abuse,

CASPAR (Cambridge and Somerville Program for Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation), whose street outreach helps unsheltered people to transition off the streets and into treatment for alcohol and substance abuse issues,

• the Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR), which aids youth and young adults experiencing problems from alcohol/drug use and/or mental health disorders,

Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, whose Keep It Kool program encourages Area IV teens to take the lead in addressing issues of drug use and drinking in their communities,

On The Rise, Inc., a day program that assists women who are homeless or in crisis in Cambridge, Somerville and Greater Boston, and for whom trauma and addiction often accompany a range of other challenges.