Sierra College Foundation to savor its 5th annual A Taste of Excellence event

Gala will feature regional restaurants and wineries to raise money for Sierra College students, programs
By: Staff report
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Sierra College Foundation will present its fifth annual A Taste of Excellence, a food- and wine-tasting event featuring regional restaurants and wineries, as well as live and silent auctions. The gala will take place on Saturday, April 25, at a new location – the Sierra College Rocklin campus. Proceeds from the event will go toward the most needed areas within Sierra College, such as scholarships and programs. For the second consecutive year, Wells Fargo will be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2009 event, which was attended by more than 450 people last year. Since its inauguration in 2005, this annual affair has raised more than $600,000. The magic-themed occasion starts at 6 p.m. with food and wine tasting from more than 40 local restaurants and wineries. Some of the night’s auction items include trips to Cape Town, South Africa; Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Participating restaurants include: Bay Gourmet, Blue Nami Sushi & Sake House, Buca di Bepo, Crush 29, Grange Restaurant & Bar, Hawks, Horseshoe Bar and Grill, Johnny Garlics/Tex Wasabi's, La Provence Restaurant & Terrace, Lattitudes, Mama Kim Cooks, Mas Mexican, McCormick & Schmick’s, The Melting Pot, Monkey Cat, Paul Martin’s American Bistro, Piatti Ristorante, Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning, Rubino’s Ristorante andToast. Participating wineries include: Calix Cellars, Caymus Vineyards, David Arthur Vineyards, Dr. Loosen, Duckhorn Vineyards, Elizabeth Spencer Wines, Fisticuffs, Gamba Vineyards, Halter Ranch, Jules Melange, LaTour Vineyards, Luli Winery, M2 Wines, Melanson Vineyard, Neal Family Vineyards, Nevada City Winery, Nickel & Nickel Single Vineyard Wines, Phipps Family Winery, Rockledge Vineyards, Round Pond Estate, Schulz Cellars, Sean Minor Wines/Four Bears Winery, Senders Wines, Silver Oak Cellars, The Terraces, TuTu, Walter Hansel Family Vineyards, Wolf Family Vineyards In addition to Wells Fargo, the other sponsors of this year’s “A Taste of Excellence” are: Event Sponsor: Drexel University Center for Graduate Studies; Platinum Sponsor: Vanir Construction Management, Inc.; Gold Sponsors: Brookfield Land, Crusader Fence Co., PG&E, Placer Vineyards, Rabobank and Turner Construction Company; Silver Sponsors: Mr. & Mrs. Mike Ankrim, Associated Students of Sierra College, AT&T, Ecologic, Halldin Public Relations, C.C. Myers Inc., Johnson Schachter & Lewis, A.P.L.C., SureWest Foundation, Umpqua Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Sandor Tiche, Wagner, Kirkman, Blaine, Klomparens and Youmans, LLP; Pearl Sponsors: Auburn Placer Disposal Service, Granite Community Bank, Harris Industrial Gases – Auburn Iron Works, Sierra Vista and Sodexho; Other: First Northern Bank. Tickets for the event are $75 per person. The Sierra College Rocklin campus is located at 5000 Rocklin Road. For more information on A Taste of Excellence or to support the event through sponsorship, please contact the Sierra College Foundation at 660-7020 or visit