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Pleasanton Weekly

- October 25, 2013

350 join in PPIE's 'Toasts & Tastes of Fall' gala

10th annual culinary competition raises funds for schools

by Jeb Bing

Business leaders, chefs and city civic and education organizations raised thousands of dollars for schools last Saturday at the 10th annual culinary competition hosted by the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation.

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.


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