Vintage57 Wine & Food Tasting Toasts $9,000 Raised for Student Scholarships
Titan alumni, family and friends gathered for a good cause and outstanding cuisine at Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association’s award-winning Vintage57 – A Premiere Wine & Food Tasting Experience
at the Golleher Alumni House on Saturday, August 25.
The first alumni event of the academic year began with a very special Titan Toast given by President Mildred García. Dr. García’s inaugural alumni event as the new president of California State University, Fullerton was a great introduction to the alumni community.
“I want to thank you for your loyal support of this great institution and you should know that I am extremely proud to be the President of Cal State Fullerton - the best campus in the CSU system. May Titans always be celebrated for standing taller and reaching higher,” toasted García.
Nearly 200 attendees had the opportunity to bring their “passport” along for a culinary trip around the world with cuisine and wine from the Greece, Italy, Hawaii, Mexico, Great Britain, Vietnam, France, India and the American South. The menu was specially paired by Sommelier Diane DeLuca who holds a Master Court of Sommeliers Level 2 and provided her expertise during the event.
The various countries were well-represented with beautiful themed décor at each station by Country Garden Caterers.
A silent auction including wine, travel, golf, entertainment and art was held in support of the Alumni Association student scholarship program. More than $9,000 was raised that evening, a $2,000 increase from past years. Our appreciation goes out to the numerous donors who made this feat possible. A full list of these sponsors is available on our website.
“What a wonderful evening and fabulously orchestrated event! It was a shining moment with Dr. García present. Wonderful food, wine, friends, and temperature! Great competition on the silent auction too.” – Stacy Bradshaw ’03,’05
Special thanks to the event sponsors Women Helping Women/Men2Work, Rebella Accountancy, Create-A-Party Rentals, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Studio94 and Green Sky, Inc.
The evening would not have been such a success if not for the superb catering by Cantina Lounge, Country Garden Caterers, Kala Eatery, The Melting Pot, Memphis Catering & Events, The Olde Ship, Patty Cakes, Phans55 and Summit Event Catering.
Sixteen extraordinary wines were poured thanks to the generosity of Antelope Valley Winery & Donato Family Vineyard, Pear Valley Vineyards, Carica Wines, Pozzuoli Vineyards & Winery, Nichelini Family Winery and Total Wine and More.
The Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association toasts the new academic year with our most successful Vintage57 yet and looks forward to another year of great programs and events!