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Among the tapestry of interesting and historical areas in Manhattan, the downtown neighborhood known as TriBeCa (Triangle below Canal Street) offers diverse family-friendly storefronts, activities and highly acclaimed restaurants. And on Saturday, May 19, 2012, this vibrant community hosts its 18th annual Taste of Tribeca event.

One of the local elementary schools that benefit from Taste of TriBeCa. Photo shows PS 234 decorated for its 2011 graduation celebration.

Founded in 1994 by parents from two local public elementary schools—PS 234 and PS 150, the culinary festival raises funds for both schools' arts and enrichment programs.

With TriBeCa's rich history in the food industry, it's only fitting that the yearly event showcases delectable creations by talented chefs from local dining venues. For 2012, over 70 top-notch restaurants will delight attendees with four-ounce samplings of signature dishes, ranging from savory to sweet treats.

Arrive early and with your general taste ticket in hand, stake out the booths to redeem your six tastings before everyone else discovers your finds. Or opt for the premium tickets and let food runners bring you your tastes at your reserved seats—plus you get a goody bag.

Should you wish to sample traditional Austro-German dishes, walk over to the Blaue Gans booth, a Taste participant since 2008. Last year, their booth visitors enjoyed bratwurst with peppers and sauerkraut. What delicious food will it be this year?

Located at 139 Duane Street, Blaue Gans is owned by Michelin-starred chef Kurt Gutenbrunner.

If it's French cuisine your palate craves, stop by the Plein Sud and Josephine Café Francais & Bakery booths.

Located in the Smyth Hotel at 85 West Broadway, Plein Sud offers French foods with a Mediterranean twist.

First-time Taste participant, Josephine Cafe Francais & Bakery is at 350 Greenwich Street.

For some Asian options, drop by the Kori and Nobu booths to taste their 2012 servings.

Located at 253 Church Street, Kori offers authentic Korean cuisine.

Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa and restaurateur Robert De Niro's Nobu at 105 Hudson Street offers Japanese-Peruvian specialties.

Head over to the booths for Edward's and that iconic bistro—the Odeon, for American comfort foods.

Edward's at 136 West Broadway serves American Continental cuisine.

Delighted 2011 event attendees with ice cream cones.

For Italian fare, visit the booth for Locanda Verde.

One of Robert De Niro's restaurants, Locanda Verde at 377 Greenwich Street (at the Greenwich Hotel) offers upscale fare within a casual setting.

And of course, leave room for some dessert, such as those from Tribeca Treats. Last year, they delighted attendees with cupcakes, cookies and brownies.

A specialty bakery, Tribeca Treats is at 94 Reade Street.

There's a lot of fun in store for your young gourmands. Take them to the Kids Zone for some arts and crafts, balloons and face painting. Listen to a tale by Story Pirates, and watch demos from Exerblast and Modern Martial Arts—providers of healthful kids' activities and programs. Hear the kiddies laugh at Looney Lenny's clown jokes.

Don't miss some pre-event happenings at two more Taste participants—the cocktail party at Macao Trading Company on May 15, 2012, plus a prix fixe seven-course dinner at Sarabeth's TriBeCa on May 10, 2012.

As with other branch locations, Sarabeth's TriBeCa at 339 Greenwich Street is known for its brunch menu.

Wine connoisseurs can go on a self-guided tour on the 19th. Enjoy free pours and discounts at local wine vendors—Vestry Wines, Maslow6, Frankly Wines, Chambers Street Wines and Tribeca Wine Merchants.

Sample complimentary pours from wine purveyors.

Beat the crowd and purchase Taste of Tribeca merchandise ahead of time, such as T-shirts and bags, by visiting the Taste booth at the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Enjoy performances by local activity venues, and then shop for some Taste of Tribeca gear.

A family-centric community, TriBeCa certainly takes the old adage "it takes a village to raise a child" to heart. Even the neighborhood firehouse—Hook & Ladder 8, of Ghostbusters (the movie) fame serves up delicious dishes for the event. Last year, they delighted their booth visitors with tasty stuffed mushrooms.

To find out what all the participating venues are serving at the 2012 Taste of TriBeCa, be sure to drop by what promises to be another successful, fun-filled and worthwhile fundraising event.
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Why? Enjoy gourmet food, drinks and fun activities, and support two schools.
When: Saturday, May 19 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine.
Where: Various streets in Tribeca, New York
Cost: Early bird tickets are $40 (sold up April 30, 2012). Regular price is $45. Premium options are available.
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