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Spring Fundraiser Supports Transylvania County Schools


April 16, 2018

Courtesy photo

Melissa James, pastry and sous chef at Key Falls Inn, puts the finishing touches on a delectable dessert at last year's Taste of Transylvania.

On May 1, the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF), in partnership with First Citizens Bank, will host the 2018 Taste of Transylvania. This fundraiser will feature more than 15 Transylvania County restaurants and caterers providing "tastes" of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, as well as wine and beer donated from Broad Street Wines and Oskar Blues.

Tickets are available for purchase online at the TCSEF website and for cash or check at Broad Street Wines in Brevard and Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman.

The event will open at 5:30 p.m. Ticketholders will be able to obtain a beverage (each ticket includes two drink vouchers for those over 21) and to browse the amazing auction items and raffle baskets donated for the event. Ticketholders are encouraged to come prepared to purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win themed baskets brimming with gift certificates, local items, local experiences and all around fun. Transylvania County Schools' teachers and staff will also be attending to highlight and discuss some of the innovative and creative grant projects that have been funded through TCSEF's Creative Classroom Grants program.

Restaurants participating this year include Blue Ridge Bakery, Blue Smoke BBQ, Schenck Job Corps Culinary Arts, and Dugan's Pub that were the "Best of" winners for desserts, entrees, appetizers and the taster's choice, respectively. Further crowd favorites returning this year include Cedar Mountain Café, Jamie's Creole Brasserie, Jordan Street Café, The Pavilion at Key Falls Inn, Magpie Meat and Three, Wine Down, and The Falls Landing. New participants are 185 King Street, The Blind Mule, The Phoenix and The Fox, Quixote Fine Cuisine, and The Square Root.

While ticketholders are busy selecting which raffle baskets to use their tickets on, three guest judges will begin sampling the food and scoring each dish in the three categories. The evening will also feature live music by the Jason DeCristofaro Trio. Many of the participating restaurants will serve more than one taste category, so guests should arrive hungry and ready for fun and goodwill. Toward the end of the evening, ticketholders will be able to vote for their overall favorite and the winners of each category selected by the judges, as well as the Taster's Choice Award, will be announced.

TCSEF, which is a nonprofit that exists to promote, develop and encourage public and private support of the Transylvania County Schools, has benefited from the Taste of Transylvania each year through a steady growth in fundraising that has awarded $18,000 in Creative Classroom Grants to Transylvania County Schools' teachers and staff each of the past three years. By providing financial support for programs and projects that are not funded through government revenues, TCSEF is a leading resource for helping to preserve, maintain, advance and enrich public education in Transylvania County.

Taste of Transylvania is an example each year of how community members come together to support Transylvania County Schools through an evening of fun. Tickets for the seventh annual Taste of Transyl-vania are on sale now at


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