Taste of Seaside looks to become an annual event

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 03:43 PM.

This was not Mariani's first time to visit Seaside.

"He was here eight years ago and a lot has changed since then," Smith said. "Our restaurants are working to become better and the best."

Mariani is a journalist who began his writing his writing career in 1973 for New York Magazine. He is a columnist for Bloomberg News and publisher of "The Virtual Gourmet." He is a three-time nominee for the James Beard Journalism Award, and the author of 12 food books, including "The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink," "The Dictionary of Italian Food and Drink," and "How Italian Food Conquered the World." He pens Esquire’s “Best New Restaurants” column and he has compiled his annual "Best New Restaurants In America" issue for Esquire for three decades.

Mariani signed copies of his new book, “How Italian Food Conquered the World” at the dinner and the next day at Sundog Books.

Seaside founder Robert Davis said, “We are delighted that one of America’s top food writers visited Seaside and sampled fare from our local restaurants. A Taste of Seaside gave our guests the opportunity to meet Mr. Mariani and try the wonderful restaurants offerings that help shape our town.”

The main restaurant that helped shape the town was Bud & Alley's, which Davis heralded, meeting owner Dave Rauschkolb when he was just 24 years old, when Seaside was still in its infancy.

Also recognized was Seaside Neighborhood School's first principal, Rosemary Williams, and the school's first board chairman, Billy Buzzett. These notables were recognized as a portion of the proceeds from the dinner are to be donated to SNS's school garden project.

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