Giving back has never been so much fun.
Savor local flavors, sample fine wine and beer, and enjoy live jazz in a picturesque outdoor setting when Cal Poly Pomona hosts its sixth annual Southern California Tasting & Auction on Sunday, May 5.
The Tasting & Auction, Cal Poly Pomona’s signature fundraising event, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the university’s W.K. Kellogg Rose Garden and the Aratani Japanese Garden. Guests will be treated to cuisine from establishments including Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Dillon’s Irish Pub & Grill, and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Refreshments will be supplied by Dale Bros. Brewery, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, and the historic Galleano Winery, among others.
The day will feature appearances by Cal Poly Pomona’s Arabian horses, as well as silent and live auctions. Guests will be able to bid on auction items such as tickets to an exclusive movie premiere and after party, passes to baseball and hockey games, a gourmet dinner for 10 at the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch, and a trip to Tuscany with Cal Poly Pomona’s landscape architecture students and faculty.
“It’s a beautiful outdoor event that highlights our wonderful campus with astonishing food and drink,” says Scott Warrington, vice president of university advancement.
New to this year’s event are Wine & Canvas, a painting class featuring cocktails; and the “Best of Poly Taste,” a food and drink competition judged by attendees and celebrity guests, including Mark Peel, a restaurateur and Cal Poly Pomona graduate.
“We’re very pleased and excited that Mark is going to join us as a judge,” Warrington says of Peel, who founded Los Angeles restaurant Campanile and has also made appearances as a judge on the television shows Top Chef and Top Chef Masters.
Funds raised by the event will benefit Cal Poly Pomona’s students by providing them with scholarships and enhancing their learning opportunities.
“All net proceeds directly benefit students,” Warrington says. “They can feel the difference in their day-to-day lives.”
Tickets are $75 each if purchased in advance and $90 on the day of the event. Admission is limited to those 21 or older. For more information, call (909) 869-4731 or visit www.polytaste.com.