(March 29, 2019) Guests can sample a selection of food and wine provided by 16 area restaurants during the ninth annual Taste of Finer Things at Harrison’s Harbor Watch in Ocean City, Wednesday, April 3, starting at 6:30 p.m.

“It is just a fun event,” Stephanie Meehan, Taste of Finer Things chairperson, said. “When you get there, that’s it. You paid for your ticket, you get there and you just enjoy the evening. There’s no 50/50, silent auction ... there’s nothing else but to have a good time.”

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Touch of Italy owner Bob Ciprietti, center, poses for a picture with Biagio Lucci, left, and Bill Wilson during the Taste of Finer Things last year at Harrison’s Harbor Watch near the inlet.

Participating restaurants include Atlantic Hotel, Barn 34, Captain’s Table, Crabs to Go, Desserts by Rita, Embers/Blu/Mad Fish, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, Hooked, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill, OC Wasabi, Red Red Wine, Seacrets, Sunset Grille, Sweet Disposition, Touch of Italy and Wockenfuss.

“Each menu selection will be paired with a different wine,” Meehan said. “You can drink your favorite wines or you can drink the wine that pairs with each food.”

The event raises funds for the capital campaign to build the Macky & Pam Stansell House, a hospice residence and outreach center that will serve the Lower Shore. This home is for hospice patients who can no longer manage safely at home. It will open to patients later this year in Ocean Pines.

Since the event’s inception, over $200,000 has been raised for the hospice residence.

“We raised money for nine years to help with the progress of the building, and now that the building will soon open, we’re hopefully raising money toward maintaining the building,” Meehan said.

Meehan is also a Taste of Finer Things committee members with Macky Stansell, Pam Buckley, Karen Cramer, Madalaine How, Marsha Howarth, Donna Leiner and Gayle Widdowson.

Lauren Glick will provide musical entertainment during the event.

“I have to give a shout out to Harrison Harbor Watch, because not only do they donate their food for the event, they are donating the use of their beautiful restaurant and their staff, which is wonderful,” Meehan said.

The entertainer and restaurants involved have donate their time and resources each year, Meehan added.

“It is a great way to start out the season,” Meehan said. “You can see all your friends you may not have seen over the winter, friends who are back from [traveling] that have been away … All of our great friends will be there.”

The cost to attend is $100 per person. To order tickets in advance, visit CoastalHospice.org/taste or call 410-742-8732. The event usually sells out so it is encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. 

Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.

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