LEWISTON – The second “Taste of Lewiston-Auburn” at Bates College, an event designed to introduce new students to the region’s culinary temptations, raised more than $2,000 for a day center and soup kitchen in Lewiston.

The Sept. 27 event featured 20 local restaurants, from the Black Watch Pub to Wei-Li Chinese Restaurant, offering examples of their fare to members of the campus community. More than 600 people took part, said Jessica Mellen, student activities assistant at the college.

The funds benefited the Trinity Jubilee Center, Lewiston. The center’s director, William “Kim” Wettlaufer, is a member of the college class of 1980. While diners at the event bought tickets entitling them to food samples, virtually all the participating eateries donated their proceeds to Trinity, Mellen said.

The first “Taste of Lewiston-Auburn” was held last spring. Mellen, who also organizes “Downtown Dinners” that take groups of Bates students out to eat, said this was an auspicious year to launch the event because of a surge of new restaurants, such as Gritty McDuff’s, Espo’s and Fish Bones.

“If students take a little time to explore,” she said, “there are lots of great places to find.”

Bates students know good food when they see it, she added. “There’s definitely a food awareness here.”


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