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Cioppino and Vino raises $28,000 for children’s museum 

The Paso Robles Children’s Museum held its 5th Annual Cioppino and Vino event Sunday afternoon and raised over $28,000 for the non-profit. There were 175 guests, 14 wineries and nine restaurants in attendance at the sold-out fundraiser.

The gala event, held at the Grand Ballroom at the Paso Robles Inn, was a chance for local chefs to compete for the tastiest cioppino in a contest scored by attendees and official judges.

The judges award for best cioppino of the day went to chef Mark Mishalanie of the Black Stallion in Paso Robles. His cioppino creations were topped with crawdads.

The people’s choice award went to Pier 46 of Templeton. Chefs Antonio Landin and Carlos Salazar created a tomato-based cioppino with white fish and a crab leg.

Restaurants and chefs preparing cioppino included Buona Tavola, Pier 46 Seafood Co., Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse, Paso Terra Seafood, N2 Events, Gardens of Avila Restaurant, Dining with Andre, Catering by Chef Charlie, Chef Stephen Malloy.

Wineries pouring included Castoro Cellars, The Missing Leg, Vines on the Marycrest Vineyard and Winery, Wild Horse Winery, Ranchita Canyon Vineyard, Brochelle Vineyards, Robert Hall Winery, Tackitt Family Vineyards, J&J Cellars, Graveyard Vineyards, Sextant Wines, Eberle Winery, Clautiere Vineyards, Broken Earth Winery, and LeVigne Winery with a wine and cheese pairing.

“We thank all of the wonderful restaurants and wineries who generously donate all of their delicious cioppino and fantastic wines to the Children’s Museum’s annual fundraiser,” Smith says. “You help to make Cioppino & Vino a fun interactive event.”

Sponsors of the fundraiser included Safeguard Print and Promo, Chris and Gary Brooks, John and Anna Peschong, John and Marjorie Hamon, Hamon Overhead Door Co., TekTegrity, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson, Tom and Bonita McGonagill, and Tiffany Young Photography.

A live and silent auction helped raise much-needed funds for the museum’s annual budget. Cioppino and Vino is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Paso Robles Children’s Museum. The proceeds help support the museum’s programs and daily operations expenses with over 90 percent of the total revenue going directly back to the museum. The museum is a special place for children and their families to spend time and play together in a safe and educational environment.

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