PREMIER FOOD AND DRINK TASTING EVENT BENEFITTING
THE FULFILLMENT FUND
HONORARY CHAIRS CHEF NYESHA ARRINGTON,
CONFECTIONER AND CHEF VALERIE GORDON
AND KABC FOOD REPORTER LORI CORBIN WILL TREAT 500 YOUNG PHILANTHROPISTS TO AN
OF EXTRAORDINARY CULINARY FARE
Santa Monica, CA – On July 25th, the 4th Annual Taste of Summer, a one-night-only
exclusive food and drink tasting event, will be hosted by the Fulfillment Fund
Leadership Council. Honorary chairs for the evening will be “Top Chef” alumna and
one of Los Angeles’ hottest chefs, Nyesha Arrington, confectioner and Chef Valerie
Gordon of Valerie Confections (named the Best Chocolatier in LA by Los Angeles
Magazine) and Lori Corbin, KABC food and fitness reporter.
All proceeds will benefit the Fulfillment Fund, a nonprofit college access
organization that helps make college a reality for thousands of students growing
up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities in Los Angeles.
The Victorian in Santa Monica will provide the stunning backdrop for over 500
guests who will enjoy delicious food from an array of world-renowned and local
chefs and restaurants as well as libations from high-end alcohol, wineries and
craft breweries. Music will be provided by DJ Mark Chill and DJ Matt Urbano.
“I genuinely feel that any legacy left to individuals is through education,"
says honorary chair Chef Nyesha Arrington. "Sharing my passion through food
education is an honor.” “One of the great joys of working with food is in teaching
others, so education is incredibly important to me,” says honorary Chef Valerie
Gordon of Valerie Confections. “It’s an honor to participate in Taste of Summer
and help the Fulfillment Fund open the doors of higher education to so many young
people in Los Angeles."
Taste of Summer participants include Anheuser Busch, Belcampo Meat Company,
Bombay Sapphire Gin, Brick+Mortar, California Culinary Retreats, Cismontane
Brewing, Club W, Craft Brew Alliance , Dunkin' Donuts, Dylan's Candy Bar, Foodie
Shares, Gustus Vitae, The Hive Santa Monica, Honest Abe Cider, Josh Cellars
& Ramon Bilbao Spanish Wines from Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Kettle Chips,
Korbel, La Vecchia, Milk Jar Cookies, Red Bull, Sam’s by the Beach, Sprinkles
Cupcakes, Stomp Out Student Loans/Terra Fossil Winery, Stone Brewing Company,
Temerity Vineyard Valerie Confections, Wine Living with Shanna, and many more.
Key sponsors for the evening are DIRECTV, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Kelton,
Fullscreen, Vimeo, Viacom, Equity Office, Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP
and Lucky Brand.
Honorary hostess Lori Corbin shares, “I’m honored to once again host Taste
of Summer. This event features fabulous food, incredible raffle prizes, and a
great blend of people. And even better, it is all for a good cause.”
“We’re so grateful to all of the Taste of Summer volunteers, sponsors and vendors
whose support is helping aspiring Los Angeles students get to college and realize
their goals,” states Fulfillment Fund CEO Kenny Rogers.
In 2014, Taste of Summer raised over $80,000 for the Fulfillment Fund, helping
local students overcome obstacles to pursue a life-changing college education.
Serving the Los Angeles community for 38 years, the Fulfillment Fund makes
college a reality for students in educationally and economically under-resourced
communities. By providing a college access curriculum, college counseling,
mentoring, scholarships and other individualized support, the Fulfillment Fund
helps students get to college and realize their educational dreams. Nine in 10
Fulfillment Fund high school graduates go on to college, compared to only five
in 10 of low-income students nationally.
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