The Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF) is finishing up a successful year by honoring their winners of the “Best” categories from the annual Taste of Transylvania event. Taste of Transylv-ania Chair Courtney Mason presented the winning restaurateurs with their awards last week.
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 7. The remodeled 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 $17,000.
Special thanks are owed to the lead sponsors of the evening: First Citizens Bank, Domokur Architects, Brevard Lumberyard, Comporium, Broad Street Wines, Transylvania Regional Hospital, Oskar Blues, WSQL, McNeely Rental, Meredith Baldridge State Farm Insurance, Linda Martinson and Andy Stratton.
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 the schools. During this past school year, TCSEF sent a Brevard High School student to an all expenses paid Washington, D.C. immersion program to study government and politics in the nation’s capitol.
In addition, TCSEF awarded more than $15,000 to provide funding for 27 different teacher sponsored grant programs. As the fund balance of the TCSEF grows, so does its ability to increase its support of teachers and students.
Due to the success of this year’s event, the foundation will raise its level of grant funds to $18,000 for the 2015-2016 school year. This is a 50 percent increase in grant funding in two years. The grant application process is currently underway.
The Taste of Transylvania is one of the most enjoyable benefits held in this 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:
Marco Trattoria won Best Appetizer for their Tuna Seaweed Salad.
185 King, Blue Ridge Bakery, Cedar Mountain Café, Chameleon Catering food truck, The Chubb Wagon food truck, Dugan’s Pub, The Falls Landing, The Hob Nob, Jaime’s Creole Brasserie, Jordan Street Café, Key Falls Inn, Marco Trattoria, The Phoenix and Wild Indigo Catering.
The highlight of the evening was the vote held for the favorite item in each of the divisions: appetizer, entrée, and dessert.
Marco Trattoria won Best Appetizer for their Tuna Seaweed Salad. Chameleon Catering Food Truck took the Best Entrée category with their Shrimp and Grits. The dessert category was won by Blue Ridge Bakery for their Flourless Chocolate Cake infused with Chile pepper and served with a blood orange sauce.
The next Taste of Transylvania will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
For more information on the TCSEF, visit http://www.tcsef.org, or contact Page Lemel at 884-9125.