By Lindsay Carey
Crowds of people descended on the Barnes Museum recently to enjoy the Taste of Southington.
A dozen restaurants including C.C. Carvers, Christina’s Gourmet Cookies, Cork & Brew, Machiavelli’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Napoli Café Deli, Namaste India, Paul Gregory’s Bistro, Saints Restaurant & Catering, Salsa’s Southwest Grill, Sixpence Pie Company and Smokin’ with Chris served up food to hungry customers.
“We’ve been coming since the beginning,” said Susan DiCorpo, who was enjoying a chocolate pastry in a lawn chair beside her husband. “We meet our family here.”
DiCoropo said her family enjoys the friendly atmosphere and the entertainment at the event. She also said she was looking forward to trying something new, specifically the meat pie from Sixpence Pie Company.
Others waited in line for baby back ribs from Smokin’ with Chris or porchetta sandwiches with broccoli rabe from Napoli Café Deli.
Aside from the food, some people came to socialize.
Sophie Rurka said she was looking forward to chatting with her friends after she finished her chips and salsa from Moe’s Southwest Grill.
“We just wanted to come out to support our town,” said Rurka, who brought her husband.
Some guests enjoy going to the Taste of Southington, because it’s just before the Music on the Green.
“It’s nice that it’s held on the same night as Music on the Green, so when you’re done eating then you can go listen to the music,” said Martha Spada. “And it’s held at a nice place, the Barnes Musuem. It’s very scenic.”
Barnes Museum Curator Marie Secondo was overwhelmed by the support the town had shown yet again, as it brings more attention to the museum.
Volunteers from the museum and the Apple Harvest Hostesses gave free modified tours during the Taste of Southington, which Secondo said gives a lot of people the incentive to return for a more private and intimate tour.
Some of the bedrooms in the home were closed during the event, because they could not fit the large groups of people coming in for tours.
“We of course highlight the museum, because it’s on the grounds of the Barnes Museum and the great food from the restaurants that participate every year entices people to come enjoy themselves,” said Secondo. “This whole thing is about bringing attention to the Barnes Museum and over the years it has paid off, because more and more people are visiting.”
Secondo estimated the amount of people that attended to be around 2,000, what she said was comparable to last year.
“I’m ecstatic all the tables are taken, people are sitting on the lawn and the kids are playing Frisbee in the back,” said Secondo. “What better way to get the community together than to have something like this?”
Malorie Leogrande kept the crowds entertained while they enjoyed their food by singing jazz classics like “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole and popular hits like “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. There was also entertainment for the kids including free face painting and tattoos provided by the Talulabelle & Company of Putin’ on the Ritz.