It must be a South County thing. A few weeks ago, Aliso Niguel High School held a fund-raiser that brought together a roster of restaurants for its 5th Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel.
This week, Capo Valley High School in Mission Viejo is hosting a similar event, a so-called "Taste of Capo," Thursday, Oct. 20 at the high school (26301 Via Escolar, Mission Viejo) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with food tastings from about 20 different eating establishments.
The cost of admission is $15 for advance tickets ($20 at the door) and entitles you to tastes from, yes, a few chains such as Chili's, Jersey Mike's and Chik-fil-A, but also local eateries, including Celinda's Mexican Food, Delizie and Yama Sushi On the Lake.
The impetus here is the same as it was at Aliso Niguel: to "provide financial support for projects and facilities, answering the challenge of reduced public-school funding,"according to the organization's mission statement.
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No, the event won't rival the Taste of Newport or any of those other for-profit food fests. You'd be silly to expect it to.
A commenter who wrote on the Taste of Aliso Niguel post I published [Gustavo note: one of our many skinhead commentators!] put it best when he asked, "How many of *you* had a *high school fund-raiser* this chichi or requiring this level of organization? We were lucky to be able to put together a car wash or bake sale and strained our capacities to the limit with the annual Key Club car rally at my affluent but 714 HS."
To find out more info about this event, go to http://www.cvhsfoundation.org/Taste_of_Capo.html.