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The Event

On March 29, 2018 we hosted our first "Taste" event at Kensington Bank. We featured the creations of six Culinary Artists: Joseph Volek, Urban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant; Kevin Aho, The Sanctuary at St. Cloud; Ryan Zerull, Jules' Bistro; Justin Berhow, Olde Brick House; Roberto Lopez, Courtyard by Marriott-St. Cloud; and Ken and Betty Maritsch; Food Ecstasy Deli Diner & Catering.

Nationally renowned Master Distiller Dave Pickerell joined Amanda La France from Remedy Beauty + Body to provide whiskey sampling and education.

Linda Feuling from Westside Liquor hand-selected and donated 14 different, interesting bottles of wine for sampling.

The recently renovated Kensington Bank, our Champion sponsor, was a unique location for hosting the event.  The flow, the feel, the excitement, and the networking all melded together for a fun experience.

Taste 2018

What an evening it was!
Our two silent auction items - signed bottles of donated whiskey - went for $525, just shy of a full internship stipend.

Upon arrival our guests were greeted by Top Hat Ambassadors, introduced to the whiskey sampling and enjoyed butler-passed culinary artistic creations served by volunteers from our  B.I.G. Committee. 

The Reason WHY

Taste is a fundraiser for the Chamber's Unite for Success high school internship program.  It was our goal to raise $10,000 to provide ongoing support for this program.

The high school internship program pairs the area’s historically underserved students with businesses for an eighty-hour summer internship.  Upon completion of the program each student receives a $550 stipend from the Chamber.

This program can create life altering opportunities for these students. Historically underserved students are those who receive free or reduced lunch, are the first in their families to attend college, or have a learning barrier such as language or social challenges. For these students, an internship can open up doors that they didn't existed.  

Unite for Success High School Internships

Taste 2019

We are already in the planning phase for TASTE 2019!
June 4, 2019
Hosted at The Lofts 

This will remain an invitation only fundraising event for our high school internship program. And we promise it will be in a fun interesting location with amazing wine, wonderful food, and a few more surprises!

2019 Sponsors

St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 487
St. Cloud, MN 56302-0487