WHITTIER – The Rio Hondo College Foundation will hold a Silver Anniversary Edition of its wildly popular “A Taste of Rio” wine, beer and food tasting event at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27 to celebrate the organization’s 25 years of support for Rio Hondo College students.

More than 500 guests are expected to sample cuisine from 20 local restaurants as well as select libations, entertainment and more than 60 opportunity drawing prizes.

“Each year, ‘A Taste of Rio’ manages to top itself with new and exciting elements,” Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss said. “It’s really terrific to see the community come out to support Rio Hondo College and our mission to promote student success.”

The event began in 2012, but was replaced by the College’s 50th anniversary gala in 2013 before resuming in 2014. Since then, each succeeding year has brought a significant leap in participation and in funds raised for students. The 2017 event sold out and raised more than $100,000 – targets organizers are pushing to exceed this year.

“This is the Foundation’s signature event to raise funds for student programs and scholarships, as well as for connecting with our many community supporters,” Foundation Executive Director Howard Kummerman said. “That’s what makes the event so successful – not only the amazing program, but the amazing people who come out to support us.”

This year, the event will add seven new restaurants, expanding the overall number to 20. New this year: Crooked Gaff Kitchen, Lascari’s, Masataco, the Chicken Koop, Tacos N’ Miches, Laura’s Goodies, Camino Real. Returning favorites: Auntie’s Bakery & Cafe, California Grill, Clearman’s Steak ‘n Stein, Doubletree by Hilton, The Green Leaf Thai Cuisine, Herach & Ara, Juan Great Fiesta, La Costa Fine Mexican, Lift Coffee Roasters, Tepeyac Restaurant & Tequila Sports Bar, Zapien’s Salsa Grill, Campus Food Service and Lagunitas Brewery.

Live music by Margarita Luna and La Luna Latin Sound will add to the atmosphere.
Drawing items range from tickets for area music and professional sports programs, a Rio Hondo College Shooting Range Experience, designer handbags, aerial tours of Southern California and Disneyland tickets to a Las Vegas getaway and a wine vacation.

“The entire community just begins to buzz as the annual event approaches,” Board of Trustees President Madeline Shapiro said. “This event has become a centerpiece not only for our college, but for our broader community. It really represents how connected the institution is with those it services.”

A $75 VIP Access ticket includes exclusive access to select spirits, wine and craft beer, a souvenir glass and a VIP gift; pre-registration tickets for restaurant, beer and wine tastings are $35; general admission at the door is $50. For information, go to www.riohondo.edu/a-taste-of-rio/.