10th Annual Cioppino & Vino Raises $50k for Paso Robles Children’s Museum
–The Paso Robles Children’s Museum’s annual fundraiser, Cioppino & Vino, was held this past Sunday, Oct. 13 and the generous crowd raised $50,000 to support the Paso Robles Children’s Museum. The museum will use the funds for it’s Community Partner Program and general operating expenses.
Six chefs and 10 wineries were on hand serving up delicious cioppinos and great wines. The cioppino was tasted by a panel of judges for the Judges’ Award and the chefs also vied for the guests’ votes hoping to win the People’s Choice Award.
This year the chef from the Carlton and a husband and wife team and took home the top prizes. Chef Kurtis Wright of the Nautical Cowboy at the Carlton Hotel won the Judges’ Award and Chefs André and Cristina Averseng of Paso Terra captured the People’s Choice Award. Chefs André and Cristina were also runners-up in the Judges’ Award category while Chef Kyle Wilson of the Paso Robles Inn’s Steakhouse was runner-up in for the People’s Choice Award.
“This was one of our best events to date which was great because it was also our 10th annual,” said Jennifer Smith, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Children’s Museum. “We really appreciate all the restaurants, chefs, & wineries who support us. Because of their generous contributions our expenses are very low, around $6,000, so it makes for a very good fundraiser. In fact all of those costs are covered by the corporate sponsors of the event, Martin Resorts, Pacific Premier Bank and Umpqua Bank, they have a huge impact. Cioppino & Vino also receives a lot of support from local business via auction item donations and in-kind donations. Our local community is very generous and we couldn’t have such a successful event without their support. Of course, the guests who attend, bid, and donate are the true heroes of the day.”
Pepper Daniels and Todd Ventura entertained the guests as emcee and auctioneer. Debbie Thomas, owner of Thomas Hill Organics, Lisa Pretty, owner of Pretty Eats and Pretty Media Creations, and Pepper Daniels, of KJUG donated their time and tasting talents as judges.