Presidents Message May 2013
A little late but we have now completed the Smudge Pot Stroll 2013. It was a great event. We sold all 350 tickets and have already sold 100 tickets for stroll 2014! I think when we post the tickets for 2014 we will be sold out in 2 days. The food and beverage parings get better each year. Go to our tab news and information to see the results of the stroll -Best Taste, Best Paring, Peopleís Choice and the Overall Winner. There is also a testimonial sent to the chamber about the success of the event. There were a few testimonials but I only posted the one.
The tent was bombarded with 1800 guests on Friday and another 3200 on Saturday. Remember they pay $10.00 to get in the tent and one dollar for each taste ticket. We had many volunteers and the event was flawless.
We havenít received all our allocated funds but we did receive our funds for the participating bands from the high schools. Our Julie Tummerís Educational Fund presented $500.00 to the North and South High School Jazz Bands. We also allocated funds from our Chef& Child funds (Cathy Knapp Chef and Child) of $250.00 to each of the High School Sparrow Clubs.
When we receive our other allocations we plan on helping the culinary programs at North and South Medford High School and funds for the 4-H culinary programs. We also use this revenue to help chefs in our community for their continuing education. These funds come from our Julie Tummerís Educational funds.
This is a great event for our community and it only gets better each year. Dinning Out Northwest (FSA) made it possible for the restaurant to participate by donating food and paper products, Harry & David paid for the tent, Mercedes Benz the, strobing wine glass.
If you go to our photo page you can see the bands, restaurants, and funds being presented to the music department.
I would just like to thank all those who made this such a successful event and canít wait to work with you all next year.
Jesse Bartyzal CEC- ACE- AAC
Culinary Achievement through Passion Knowledge & Skill