Sunday, April 29, 2007

Scenes from the 2007 Taste of Excellence Benefit for Sierra College (aka Food Prom 2007)

James Bond Background

Sierra College provides young people with an affordable, local link to four-year colleges and universities. The college also provides local residents with essential career development opportunities, ensuring that local employers have a talented, well-trained workforce. Sierra College is the flagship insitution for higher education in the Rocklin community. However, reduced state funding limits what the college can do. The Taste of Excellence was held on Saturday evening to raise funds by individual donation to specifically benefit the technology needs of the College. The event was sponsored by KT Communities and other generous donors. There was plenty of delicious food, wine and beer from restaurants and businesses mainly local to the Rocklin and Roseville area. There was both a silent and a live auction with items ranging from a Pheasant Hunt for Four to a Lasik Eye Surgery, and A Dining Experience (with gift certificates from seven different restaurants) to a Las Vegas trip for two.

Here are pictures of some of the food from the event:

Steak and Mashed Potatoes by Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Roseville location)

Pad Thai by Thai Basil (Roseville location)

Salmon Toast appetizers by The Town Lounge

Salad with Fried Noodles by Fat's

Potstickers by Fat's (this was my pick of the night!)

Bruscetta by il Fornaio (Roseville location)

Gaspacho with crostini by Piatti (Roseville location)

Cookies by Dominick's Market & Deli

Chocolate Covered Strawberries by Thunder Valley Casino

Petit Fours by Thunder Valley Casino

Brownies by Melting Pot (Roseville location)

Strawberries by Melting Pot (Roseville location)

S'more Brownies by Thunder Valley Casino

White Chocolate Mousse Cups by Thunder Valley Casino

My favorite food item of the evening was from Fat's. It was a steamed Pork and Chicken Potsticker. So seemingly simple, but it was fresh and handmade. Other restaurants present were The Monkey Cat; Auburn (they served a ceviche on won ton crisps), Más Mexican (They served chicken with mole on tostadas, Carver (served grilled beef tips), Crush 29 (served seared Ahi), a Sushi Experience (served California roll and a few rolls one could get made to order), and House of Bread was serving sample slices of a cinnamon bread and a bleu cheese variety, along with fairly large sandwiches made with cheese and various deli meats.

C.G. di Arie Winery (I am really fond of some of their product) was present, but it was a different vineyard that poured my favorite wine of the evening. I will post about it later in the week. Big thanks to MT (my BFF in Rocklin...ha!) for coming out with me.

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