By Marissa GOULD, Intern
The aromas of what seemed a million foods mingled together while smooth jazz music played during the warm night. This wasn’t a tropical paradise, it was the Ralph’s Marketplace parking lot on Nov. 13 and the event was the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of the Foothills.
From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., ticketholders were treated to 26 booths from all types of establishments: local restaurants, grocery stores, and even a few non-food businesses that dished out samples of food and drink. The CVHS jazz band, a community favorite, provided music. Not only were there food and music, but a small car show as well.
Michele Sierra, executive director of the chamber, said she was pleased with the evening.
“The Taste had a great turn out and it was wonderful seeing everybody from all corners of the Crescenta-Canada community come by for some good food and good atmosphere,” she said. She added that she enjoyed watching everyone experiment with new tastes while laughing and talking to one another.
A highlight of the evening was an opportunity drawing for an iPad mini.
At the State-Farm booth, Gassia Herboian was handing out hot chocolate, tea and coffee to attendees. Herboian said she was happy to be part of the fundraiser.
“Being here feels like we’re all one big family,” she said.
Proceeds from the fundraiser, which are estimated at about $5,000 gross, will benefit local scholarships.