Culinary crawl offers best of Rhinebeck’s food and beverage scene  

Rhinebeck – Taste of Rhinebeck returns at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, offering a memorable exploration of the local food scene.

Taste is walkable culinary crawl with stops inside restaurants, spirit shops and specialty food retailers along a four-block village radius, where people can enjoy a variety of food and drinks.

It’s also a fundraiser. Last year, Taste raised nearly $26,000 to benefit Northern Dutchess Hospital.

“This will be our 14th year of celebrating the delicious fare Rhinebeck has to offer and bringing people out for a fun evening with friends,” said Dawn Morrison, organizer and executive director of the hospital’s foundation.

Last year, about 400 attendees filled up on lobster mac and cheese from the Tavern at the Beekman Arms, a grilled chicken slider from Buns Rhinebeck, a Tea-A-Rita from The Water Oracle and s’mores-flavored beer from Grand Cru.

New this year, Taste will feature first-time eateries such as Aba’s Falafels, as well as veterans such as Village Pizza, Gaby’s Café, Le Petit Bistro and more.

Chefs will create plates of delicious fare or a palate-pleasing beverage as they compete for participants’ votes in the categories of best appetizer, main course, dessert and beverage.

The cost is $75 in advance or $100 at the registration tent in the Foster’s Coach House parking lot. For tickets or more information, visitwww.tasteofrhinebeck.com or call the NDH Foundation at 845-871-1711 (TTY: