NORTH ATTLEBORO - New Hope this weekend will offer a smorgasbord of the best food and drink from leading area restaurants, caterers and food and beverage establishments at the sixth Annual Moonlit Wine, Beer and Food Tasting.

The event will be held at Briggs Garden and Home in North Attleboro at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste an array of gourmet foods and enjoy a selection of fine wines and beers while supporting New Hope, an organization dedicated to helping families and women affected by domestic and sexual violence. All proceeds from the event will benefit the services of New Hope.

"We're looking forward to seeing all of our guests, vendors and sponsors come out to have a good night for a good cause," said Laura Hennessey Martens, the vice president of public relations for New Hope.

Kelley Boulevard Wines & Liquors and Route 106 Wines & Spirits will pair wines and beers with food from these local restaurants and caterers: Be Sweet Bakery of Attleboro, Dinner and Company Gourmet Catering of Bellingham, Edible Arrangements of Foxboro, Fitzy's Pub of Plainville, Guckenheimer of Attleboro, Honey Dew Donuts of Plainville, Hong Kong City of Taunton, J&L Catering of Medway, Morin's Restaurant of Attleboro, Sangria's of Attleboro, Scorpio's Italian Eatery & Pizzeria of Attleboro, Tavolino's of Foxboro, The Clam Shack of Attleboro, 3 Restaurant of Franklin and Wetherlaine's of Attleboro.

The food samplings include pan-seared scallops with risotto, white fish cakes with chipotle aioli, roasted root vegetable soup, chicken and carvatelle, coquilles St. Jaques tarts, Southwest meat chili, chocolate mousse and chocolate-dipped assorted fruits.

All guests will receive a complimentary souvenir wine glass, courtesy of Nelson Family Dental of Attleboro.

For the second year, Vantel Pearls of South Easton will host a "Shells of Hope" display, where guests can write inspirational messages to domestic and sexual violence survivors on seashells or paper. The messages will be presented to New Hope clients after the event.

There will be a brief speaking program and guests will be able to enjoy a live auction, with City Councilor Richard Conti serving as auctioneer, and many raffles.

Some of the raffle items include an autographed baseball by Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, a string of pearls by Vantel Pearls, a vintage bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, tickets to Boston sports events and a North End three-hour tour for two from Boston Food Tours.

The Wine, Beer and Food Tasting has grown in popularity over the years, say organizers. More than 300 are expected to attend Saturday's event.

"We have many vendors and guests who return year after year. People who have come and enjoyed the great food, beverages and ambience, often come back bringing family and friends with them," said Martens.

In addition to the food and drinks, guests come back to show their support for New Hope and its many programs, she said.

The event is one of the organization's three major fundraisers of the year. The Gourmet Guys Chefs event in November, and the Highlights of Hope Breakfast event coming in May are the others.

"New Hope really relies on these events and individual grants and donations to help support our programs," Martens said.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available by contacting New Hope at 508-226-4015 or online at

LAURA CALVERLEY is a freelance writer for The Sun Chronicle. She can be reached at