Annual Taste Of Transylvania Sets New Record – Brevard NC

Taste of Transylvania

Left to right: Kelsey Gillian, Greg Spencer, Gabriel Trantham and James Geter, of Schenck Job Corps, accept their award for best appetizer. Not pictured are Alfonso Ponce and Alex Arroyo.(Times photos by Jeremiah Reed)

The Annual Taste of Transylvania event, the primary fundraiser for the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF), was held on the grounds of the Brevard Lumberyard Tuesday evening, May 7th. The new venue combined with the generosity of so many community vendors allowed the fundraiser to more than double its previous earnings to a new record of $10,000.

Special thanks are owed to the lead sponsors of the evening: First Citizens Bank, Brevard Lumberyard, Comporium, Broad Street Wines, Gaia Herbs, Oskar Blues, WSQL, 4Rent and Susan Breedlove Properties.

The TCSEF exists to provide financial support to the Transylvania County Schools in the form of grants to teachers and programs that benefit the students. Since its reformation in 2008, the TCSEF has provided funding for a variety of different opportunities within our schools.

During this past school year, TCSEF sent a Rosman High School student to an all expenses paid Washington, D.C. immersion program to study government and politics in our Nation’s capitol. In addition, TCSEF awarded over $9,600 to provide funding for 11 different teacher sponsored grant programs.

As the fund balance of the TCSEF grows, so does its ability to increase its support of our teachers and our students. Due to the success of this year’s Taste event, the Foundation will raise its level of grant funds to $12,000 for the 2013-2014 school year.

Katina Hansen, of Blue Ridge Bakery, accepts the award for best dessert.

Katina Hansen, of Blue Ridge Bakery, accepts the award for best dessert.

The Taste of Transylvania is one of the most enjoyable benefits held in our community, and this year was an amazing success. Those attending were able to enjoy the best of offerings from our local restaurateurs, caterers and food service operations. Additionally, Oskar Blues and Broad Street Wines were on site to provide information and education about their products.

The Oskar Blues Trolley assisted with transportation through the King Street neighborhood for ease of parking. All of the participating establishments donated the food and drinks for the benefit of the TCSEF programs. The participating restaurants this year were: Blue Ridge Bakery, Cielito Lindo, Connestee Falls Overlook Dining Room, Dolce Regina – The Italian Cookie Lady, Dugan’s Pub, The Falls Landing, The Hob Nob, Key Falls Inn, Lake Toxaway Country Club and The Greystone Inn, Marco Trattoria, Mayberry’s, The Pink Rose Emporium, Schenck Job Corps Culinary Arts Program, Sora Japanese Restaurant, The Square Root, Trailblazers and Transylvania Regional Hospital.
The highlight of the evening was the vote held for the favorite item in each of the divisions: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Schenck Job Corps won Best Appetizer for their lobster-tini, a delicious piece of lobster meat suspended in lobster bisque. Marco Trattoria took the Best Entrée category with their lamb and goat cheese meatballs. The dessert category was won by Blue Ridge Bakery for their key lime cupcake with blackberry filling and blackberry buttercream frosting. The evening was a gourmand’s delight.

Taste of Transylvania

Marc and Shellie Dambax, owners of Marco Trattoria, accept the award for best entree from Page Lemel, chair of Taste of Transylvania.

Schenck Job Corps also wanted to extend a special thanks to Scott Wagner, lead culinary instructor at Schenck.

Mark your calendars now for 2014. The next Taste of Transylvania will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. For more information on the TCSEF, please visit our website at, or you may contact Jessica Merrill at 884-6173.

(Transylvania Times – June 13th 2013)