Event provides residents a “Taste of Cherry Hill”


Courtesy of Max Gaffin ('22)

A community member tries a sample from Duck Donuts.

The second annual “Taste of Cherry Hill” took place Saturday, April 6 at Cherry Hill East from 12-3 p.m.

Cafeteria 1 was adorned with food from numerous restaurants in the Cherry Hill Community including fan favorites such as Chick-Fil-A, Shake Shack, and LaScala’s Fire.

The proceeds from the event were given to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“I think the Ronald McDonald House is really great as they always do a lot of great work that benefits [our community and the children within it],” said Abbrielle Lindberg (‘19) who was in charge of planning the event.

Those at the event seemed to agree with Lindberg.

“This was a great way for Cherry Hill to eat all they want while benefiting the community” said Lalitha Viswanathan (‘22), an attendee.  

Lindberg continued the event from two students who started it last year in hopes of creating an annual event where many Cherry Hill families, students and adults, can come together to support a charity and have a good time.

Lindberg ran the event solo, and she said her responsibilities included going  everywhere to figure out what restaurants would be willing to donate to the event. She worked very hard all by herself to make the event come to life.

The restaurant’s present at this event included Classic Cake, Bubblicious Bubble Tea, Lascala’s Fire, Denim, BoneFish, California Pizza Kitchen, Chick-Fil-A, Duck Donuts, Shake Shack, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse and Houlihan’s.

Christal Newell from Chick-Fil-A said that coming into the event she was very excited to get to know the people in the community as the Marlkress location had just recently opened. Most businesses, including Chick-Fil-A, was looking for an opportunity to get more publicity, which was definitely accomplished. 

“We are hoping A Taste of Cherry Hill impacts our location in a positive way. We’re looking to hire a bunch of high-school [students] for the summertime, we’re [always] looking to engage with our community, and we think this a great opportunity to do so,” Newell said.

James Dirico (‘20) a student who works at Lascala’s Fire, hopes that A Taste of Cherry Hill will not only turn more people towards the restaurant that he was representing but benefit the community as a whole.

Tyler Semon (‘21), an attendee, agreed and said “[he] would 100% come back again.”

Also, members who had attended this event last year, including DJ Yeh (‘19), said that this year’s Taste of Cherry Hill was just as good, if not better than last year.