Try a Taste of the Festival

The Taste of the Festival is the most exciting evening at the beginning of each year’s Festival of Trees! It’s a gala event featuring food items from some of the region’s best restaurants and caterers. Over the years, it has become the premier restaurant event in the Merrimack Valley.

Join renowned local chefs at a culinary celebration of sights, sounds and tastes of the Merrimack Valley!

Sample the best of the best from the area’s eateries among over 240 dazzling holiday trees.

Join us at this culinary celebration surrounded by the sights, sounds and tastes of the Merrimack Valley!

Friday, November 18th
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Valley Office Park
13 Branch Street
Methuen, MA 01844

Tickets ($50 each) are limited to 400 guests.

Holiday Finery or Business Attire (no jeans please).

Special Guest Host
Chef & CEO of Davio’s, Steve DiFillippo

Chef Steve DiFillippo

“After 25 years I feel that I am just getting started.” says Davio’s Chef/CEO, Steve DiFillippo. At the age of 24, Steve purchased an established restaurant called Davio’s in Boston’s Back Bay. And this was the first in a succession of popular restaurants changing the concept to a Northern Italian Steakhouse. Steve is a graduate of Boston University and the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. He is very involved in the community, serving on several non-profit boards. Steve is the honorary Chef representing the New England Patriots at the Taste of the NFL’s “Party with a Purpose” event at the SuperBowl.

Steve DiFillippo is a different kind of celebrity chef — famous among the famous more than he is among the general public. — Kerry Byrne, Food & Sports Writer

In 2008, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Restaurant Hall of Fame. Steve lives in Wenham, MA, with his wife Pamela and their four children. He runs 4–5 miles a day, “so I can wrongfully delude myself that I can eat anything I want,” he says.

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