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Posted on: November 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] East Orange Highlights Local Restaurants, Diverse Cuisines at 2nd Annual “Taste of the City”

November 1, 2021, East Orange, NJ:  The City of East Orange will be hosting its 2nd annual “Taste of the City” featuring more than a dozen restaurants serving an array of specialty style dishes as well as live art and entertainment performances. This fall food festival will take place on Saturday, November 6 from 12pm-6pm at the Black Lives Matter mural located at Manufacturer’s Village, 356-364 Glenwood Avenue. This event is free and open to East Orange residents.


A melting pot of cultures, East Orange is home to variety of diverse eateries including Latin, Caribbean, Southern-Style Soul and Seafood to name a few. Food goers at the Taste of the City event will enjoy delicious small bites from local restaurants who represent the taste, cuisine, and cultural palettes found here in the city.


“East Orange has always been home to a diverse and vibrant restaurant community,” said Mayor Ted R. Green. “The Taste of the City will not only showcase the resilience of our local restaurants as they battled through the COVID-19 pandemic, it also connects our community over food and culture, bringing us together in a special way.”


Spearheaded by the East Orange Department of Policy, Planning and Development, the experience at the Taste of the City is also meant to highlight the Black Lives Matter (BLM) mural created over the summer by 17 local artists, each bringing awareness to BLM movement. 


Community Development Specialist who is leading the event, said small businesses are key to the health of our local economy.


“The monumental Black Lives Matter mural at Manufacturer’s Village was the perfect location to activate community comradery through our city’s great cuisines,” said Mark Cheatam, Community Development Specialist. “In East Orange, we are fortunate to have so many incredible entrepreneurs serving up delectable tastes in our city. It’s also time that we celebrate these small businesses who have fought nail and tooth to keep their doors open during the pandemic.”


Local restaurants participating in the East Orange Taste of the City include: Spice N Thing, Dominy’s, Soul Food Factory, South Beach Bar & Grill, Taki Taki Latin, Tasha’s, Taste of Royalty, Scotchies Jerk, I &M Seafood, Bekkahs Bakery and more.


For more information, please contact Mark Cheatam at or visit


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