A Taste Of Sheepshead Bay 2012 Draws Hundreds For Dining Extravaganza! (Photo Gallery)

“Thanks for coming!”

More than 325 people came out for this year’s A Taste of Sheepshead Bay on October 11 to sample approximately 80 different foodstuffs of 20 establishments, representing most of the world’s continents.

There was the event sponsor, Il Fornetto, bringing high-class selections like Pollo Farcito, a chicken breast stuffed with asparagus, red bell pepper and Swiss cheese in Madera wine sauce, and other dishes. And Nargis, returning with their outstanding samsas and bringing a newcomer tongue salad. Our first-time vendors, Cevabdzinica Sarajevo II, T & D Bakery, Sushi Mikasa, Anatolian Gyro and Chayhana Salom all put on an extraordinary show, and, like our returning participants, appeared to be seasoned veterans of such tasting events.

Thanks to all of them, and the other great establishments that were there: Anthony’s Place, Arbuz, Bassett Caterers, Chop Stix, Jimmy’s Famous Heros, JoMart Chocolates, KBCC Culinary, Maria’s Ristorante Italiano, Masal Cafe, New Cats Cafe, Tête-à-Tête, Turkish Cultural Center and Wheeler’s Restaurant.

I could go on about how much I love the food at all these places, and what a great show they put on Thursday, but this post would go on far too long.

Thanks, too, to Richard Stockley and the Knights of Columbus – Baron DeKalb, who made great hosts once again, and really impressed this former waiter with their exemplary service and quick cleanup. A big thanks also to T-Mobile of Sheepshead Bay Road, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Miramar Yacht Club, Pinto Novelty, Tops Liquors and the dozen or so participants who kicked in approximately $1,000 in free door prizes for attendees.

Our appreciation also extends to the elected officials who skipped the vice presidential debate, a redistricting hearing, Barbara Streisand’s return to Brooklyn, the first night of Comic Con, and whatever else to join us on Thursday and show their love for our booming restaurant industry. Those officials include Councilmembers Lew Fidler and Mike Nelson, Assemblymembers Helene Weinstein, Alan Maisel and Steven Cymbrowitz, State Senator David Storobin and also Marty Golden, who could not attend but sent a representative. Borough President Marty Markowitz sent a proclamation and called to send his regards, but Babs was too much for the beep to miss.

And last but not least, thanks to you, our readers and supporters who attended, who truly made this event what it was by showing that Sheepshead Bay is about community and about supporting its small businesses. Thanks for coming, and we hope you had a terrific time.

Check out these photos of the event, taken by our own Erica Sherman: