The general public is invited to join Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Shape Up Somerville and the Welcome Project’s “YUM” Restaurant Campaign on Wednesday, April 25 for YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City, a tasting event to showcase some of the City’s worldwide cuisine as interpreted by Shape Up Somerville-approved restaurants. Ten immigrant-run restaurants from across the City will feature menu items from all over the world, and this year YUM restaurants and Shape Up Somerville have partnered to offer healthy menu options in line with the City’s campaign to increase access to fresh, wholesome, healthy foods. The event will be held from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.
“One of the most enjoyable features of Somerville life is our rich cultural diversity. One third of residents were born outside the U.S. and more than 50 different languages are spoken at home by the students in our public schools. It should come as no surprise that we have some of the best international flavors on the east coast,” Mayor Curtatone said. “Our local restaurants offer tastes of India, Istanbul, Haiti, Italy, Africa, Tibet, Brazil, the Caribbean, the Balkans, Thailand, and more. This event will offer a great peek at some of our talented chefs and local restaurants, and I’m looking forward to tasting each menu item.”
The YUM Restaurant Campaign is a Welcome Project program supporting immigrant-run restaurants in the city. Proceeds from their discount cards sold each year – granting 10% off of orders of $25 or more – benefit immigrant advocacy and support services. Participating restaurants receive free promotion from The Welcome Project and attend this yearly event where they bring free tastings from their menus.
“YUM is a great opportunity to taste – in one evening – the incredible diversity of cultures and cuisines in our city,” said Warren Goldstein-Gelb, Director at The Welcome Project. “The funds we raise support the success of immigrant families and strengthen the cultural richness of Somerville all year long.”
Hear remarks from Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, bid on items in the silent auction (Red Sox tickets!), enjoy the the Andean rhythms of Son Del Sol. Experience Brazilian, Mexican, Turkish, Nepali, Indian, Italian and Ethiopian and Thai offerings all under 1 roof! Participating restaurants include Aguacate Verde, Amelia’s Kitchen, Churrasco Buffet & Grill, Fasika, Istanbul’lu, Masala, Maya Sol, Ronnarong Thai Tapas Bar, Sabur, and Yak &Yeti.
Tickets are available by visiting: https://www.wepay.com/events/yumtickets.