PPIE hosting 'Toasts & Tastes' tonight

15 culinary teams competing at annual fundraiser

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation will host its 10th annual "Toasts & Tastes of Fall" culinary competition and fundraiser from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday at the California Center in Pleasanton.

The annual event will feature a silent auction as part of its fundraising program.

A total of 15 culinary teams comprised of a local chef, school principal and corporate/community sponsors will compete for "Top Nod and a Cash Prize" in one of three categories: "Savory" "Sweet" and, new this year, "Slow."

Judges n this year's competition are Nick Boer, food editor at Diablo Magazine; food and wine critic Deborah Grossman, and Auburn James Frost, a winemaker.

Competing in the Slow category will be Almond's Kitchen, Eddie Pappa's American Hangout, FAZ Restaurant, Forno Vecchio, Mangia Mi and On the Vine Catering.

Going skillet-to-skillet in the Savory category will be Baci Bistro & Café, Blue Agave Club, The Hopyard, Pans on Fire, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards and Valley Catering.

Competitors in the Sweet category competitors will be Primrose Bakery, Sweet Freedom Bake Shop and Sweet & Savory.

Offerings at the silent auction will include a "Stay-cation" lot featuring dinner for two at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards and an overnight at The Rose Hotel and a few days for the entire family at Seascape in Aptos, an ocean-view condominium.

Keep your eyes peeled for our Napa Valley Roving Raffle opportunity courtesy of Black Tie Limousine or invest in a selection of Fine Wines from Auburn James and Chappellet Vineyard & Winery or Cult Wines from The Prisoner and Orin Swift. While the guys are filling their wine cellars, the gals will be eyeing a selection of fine jewelry donated by Barron's Jewelers as well as some fun, trendy items from Twisted Silver.

Sponsors of this year's event include 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, Pleasanton Police Officers Charitable Foundation, New Leaf Market and Pleasanton Rentals.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at Names will be placed on a guest list. No hard tickets will be mailed. Guests must be over 21 years old.

For more information, contact the PPIE office at (925) 846-5620 or by email at


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