More than 350 enthusiastic "taste testers" filled the dining and assembly area at the California Center in Pleasanton for the "Toasts & Tastes of Fall" fundraiser.
In addition to ticket sales at $75 each, PPIE generated additional funds from tables filled with special offers in a silent auction that lasted throughout the evening.
A total of 15 culinary teams competed in tasting categories. They included Almond's Kitchen, Eddie Pappa's, FAZ, Forno Vecchio, Mangia Mi and On the Vine Catering in the Slow category; Baci Bistro & Café, Blue Agave Club, The Hopyard, Pans on Fire, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards and Valley Catering in the Savory category; and Primrose Bakery, Sweet Freedom Bake Shop and Sweet & Savory in the Sweet category.
Sponsors of this year's event included the Pleasanton Weekly, Clorox, Fremont Bank, KKIQ, Oracle, Robert Half International, Black Tie Transportation, Kaiser Permanente, Ogden Costa Creative Group, Stoneridge Creek, Vulcan Materials, Balloons & Beyond, the Pleasanton Police Officers Charitable Foundation, New Leaf Market and Pleasanton Rentals.