One of the great things about doing this Web site is that people start telling you about their favorite restaurants, bars, markets and other foodie places. One of the not-so-great things about doing this Web site is (sigh) there’s just not enough time to go to all of them.

But what if you could go someplace and just taste a little of all this wonderful food? Well, here’s your chance. The Tyler Tasting Party at Bucks County Community College is happening this Friday, June 5th, from 7 to 11 pm in the formal gardens behind Tyler Hall, on the campus of the college at 275 Swamp Road in Newtown.

BCCC-Tyler Tasting Chefs 2009The party, which has become one of Bucks County’s premiere food and wine events, features more than 40 restaurants, caterers, bakeries, cafes, and confectioners doing their thing, stationed throughout the first floor of the mansion and its gardens. In addition, guests have the opportunity to sample wine, beer, and spirits from several purveyors. Silent and live auctions will feature trips, gift cards, and other indulgences, as well as original works of art by local artists, BCCC art faculty and students.
And they’ll be dancing too! The 20-piece Doylestown Heat will provide dance and swing music in an outdoor ballroom under a canopy in the terraced gardens (and they’ll be donating their fee to the Lions Club).
The event raises funds for the restoration of Tyler Hall, the 78-year-old French-Norman mansion which served as the home of banker George F. Tyler and his wife, sculptress and patron of the arts Stella Elkins Tyler. The building became the cornerstone of Bucks County Community College when the two-year public school opened its doors in 1965. The 60-room mansion, now an administration building, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. To date, the Tyler Tasting Party has raised more than a half million dollars for restoration projects.
The Tyler Tasting Party is made possible through the sponsorship of First National Bank and Trust Co. of Newtown, and the work of a 20-person committee of volunteers chaired by Karen Doorley and Kim Stockburger.
Free valet parking will be available, provided by Lawrence Lexus. Tickets, at $125 each, can be purchased online at, by calling the BCCC Foundation at 215-968-8224, or by e-mail at

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