Tail Wagging Good Time
It is with a full heart (and stomach) that I report that the Taste of Montrose on Sunday was a rousing success. ToM is an annual fundraiser for Prom Plus. It was started eight years ago when the organization’s coffers were rather low. I had attended a couple of the Taste of Glendale events benefitting Glendale Healthy Kids and thought this might be a good thing for Prom Plus.
The first thing I did was approach then-executive director of GHK Camille Levee. She gave me advice – and her blessing – for a Taste of Montrose event. I then went to John Drayman. As a former board member of the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. and a sitting Glendale City councilman, he guided me on how to get the strongest response to our event, recommending that Prom Plus partner with the MSPA’s Wags-n-Whiskers and Kids-n-Kritters events. This advice was excellent and I attribute much of the success of Taste of Montrose to these two individuals.
Sunday was perfect, weather-wise. I was nervous initially because it had been so hot the days prior. But the weather forecasters were right in predicting cooler temperatures on Sunday. I was on Honolulu Avenue early, ready to welcome our off-avenue restaurants into our food court. In all, we had 21 restaurants that participated in ToM. Special thanks to each: Gelsinger’s Amber Road, Zeke’s Smokehouse, Star Café, Black Cow, Ocean View Restaurant, Gio’s Baguettes, Froyo Life, Montrose Candy Co., Paradis, Giuseppe’s, Thee Elbow Room, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Baked on Ocean View, Starbucks, Pepe’s, Frank’s Famous, Dream Dinners, New Moon, 9021PHO, 7 Stop Pizza and Panera. These eateries were welcoming and made the $20 ticket worth every nickel. Special thanks to Sir Michael’s that brought everything we needed to ensure a successful event.
For most of the day, I was stationed at Ocean View and Honolulu, selling (or should I say hawking) tickets for Taste of Montrose. This was an excellent place for people (and pig) watching. Yes, a pig did make its way across the intersection, most likely one of the furry friends taking part in Wags-n-Whiskers.
All-in-all it was a wonderful day and I am so grateful to everyone who came out to support Prom Plus, the Glendale Humane Society and the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. I urge you to revisit those restaurants that took part in the Prom Plus fundraiser. Let them know they’re appreciated.
The festivities on Sunday were kicked off on Friday night with a celebration for the launch of this year’s Discover magazine. Held at the courtyard of St. Luke’s of the Mountains, which was also the cover of the magazine, Friday’s affair was lovely. Vineyard lights hung in the trees providing soft light as twilight drew near. Fare from Portos and Frank’s Famous guaranteed that everyone who attended left satisfied and Bonner’s Equipment Rentals made sure everything looked gorgeous. The party was a reflection of the magazine – in a word, perfect. I am so grateful to everyone who contributed to the party and was so happy to see all the CV Weekly friends who came out to share in our joy.