The Taste of Rhinebeck will once again offer participants the chance to enjoy gourmet eats and raise money for a great cause.

This festive cuisine crawl returns in its 11th year from 6 to 9 p.m. April 14, offering participants samples from about 25 local culinary venues. It is organized by the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation. All proceeds benefit the hospital.

Guests enjoy strolling to the village restaurants, spirit shops and town eateries hosted by retailers. Each location features one menu item— an appetizer, main course, dessert or beverage. Some offer more.

“We really want this to be an enjoyable night out that gives our local businesses exposure while raising money for the hospital,” said Dawn Morrison, executive director of the foundation.

It’s also a competition. Ballot cards are collected at the end of the night. Winners of the best dishes and drink are announced promptly. Last year, the People’s Choice Overall went to Le Petit Bistro and the Chef’s Choice Overall was the Tavern at the Beekman Arms.

New this year, a category was created in honor of the late founder of Samuel’s of Rhinebeck – the Ira J. Gutner Hospitality Award.

“Ira was a generous soul,” Morrison said. “He provided many donations to the hospital for fundraising campaigns and events. He never said no.”

The cost is $75 per person through April 7 and $100 from April 8-14.