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

10th culinary event raises funds for schools

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 California Center 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. The 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, Pleasanton Police Officers Charitable Foundation, New Leaf Market and Pleasanton Rentals.

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