OAKLAND -- The sixth annual Montclair Restaurant Walk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Patrons will have the opportunity to stroll through Montclair Village, sampling the fares of 15 eateries, meeting old friends and making new ones along the way.
Participating restaurants include: Crogan's; Farmstead Cheeses and Wines; Grille One Carvery; Italian Colors; Montclair Baking; Peet's Coffee and Tea; Taqueria Las Comadres 2; Colonial Donuts; El Agavero; Flavors of India Bistro; House of Bagels; Kakui Sushi; Montclair Bistro; and Pagarung Thai.
US Bank will serve as the headquarters for the event, serving wine and hors d'oeuvres.
"It's a great way to showcase unique features of restaurant menus that you won't find throughout the year, and a chance to connect with friends and neighbors," said Daniel Swafford, executive director of the Montclair Village Association.
The event is co-sponsored by the Montclair Village Association and the Montclair Lions Club. All proceeds benefit Montclair Lions Club charities and local nonprofits, including the Boy Scouts, and the music program at Skyline High School.
Five hundred tickets are on sale for the event. Last year, the event raised more than $9,000, said Howard Neil, secretary for the Montclair Lions Club and co-president for the Montclair Village Association.
The Montclair Lions Club will donate its portion of the proceeds to charitable organizations and projects. Montclair Lions Club charities include the Oakland Lions Blind Center, the Lincoln Child Center, and the Fred Finch Center, as well as fund the club's annual Easter egg hunt in Montclair Park.
Past donations were used to start the successful mosaic planter project in Montclair Village. This year, the club will discuss the possibility of putting money toward the rehabilitation and painting of a mural on the old railroad trestle along Mountain Boulevard between the business district and Montclair Elementary School, Neil said.
The Montclair Lions Club first brought the restaurant walk to Montclair Village in 2009 to help village merchants get back on their feet after a disastrous holiday season, Neil explained.
"People didn't realize how many options there were right here in Montclair," Neil continued. "People get stuck in their routines and patterns."
What: Sixth annual Montclair Restaurant Walk
When: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22
Where: Montclair Village
Tickets: passport books cost $25 and can be purchased at Montclair Book Tree, 6121 La Salle Ave.; Wheels of Justice, 2042 Mountain Blvd.; Safeway, 2096 Mountain Blvd.; Viewpoint, 2069 Mountain Blvd.; and US Bank, 1998 Mountain Blvd.; as well as through participating charities; Skyline High School music program; and Boy Scout Troop 202.