Taste of Success for Kiwanis

Carmichael, CA  |  Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
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Presented by Carmichael Kiwanis Club, The Taste of Carmichael is a tradition that has celebrated local restaurants, wine merchants and community for 17 years.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Great food, wine, music – and fortuitous weather – last week blessed the annual Taste of Carmichael fundraiser. “The big night takes about eight months to plan,” said event chair Donna Miller. “One thing we can’t plan is the weather and, as Friday approached, we were biting our nails and watching Doppler. But the heavens seemed to smile on us. Not a drop of rain fell all day and into the evening. We’re so thankful everything could go as planned.”

Presented by Carmichael Kiwanis Club, The Taste of Carmichael is a tradition that has celebrated local restaurants, wine merchants and community for 17 years. The 2019 food-fest packed the La Sierra Community Center with almost 450 supporters.

They sampled everything from pizza to seafood, burgers and salads. Italian, Chinese, Mexican and American cookery made the menu an international sampler. Desserts included fruits, cookies, candies, cakes and tidbits drenched from a chocolate fountain. Wine and beer flowed and scores of prizes were raffled.

In the center’s courtyard, live music and dancing aided digestion. Organizers hoped for a bottom line close to the 2018 net of $28,000.

Beneficiaries of this year’s proceeds are agencies that assist youth and community. These include the Kiwanis Family House, the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Shriners Hospital, the American River Parkway, Carmichael Park District, food closets, July 4 celebrations and many schools and arts programs.

“We always try to raise as much money as possible,” explained Kiwanian Donna Miller. “But the greatest thing about the event is how it brings our community together.”

Learn more about the festival and its organizers at www.carmichaelkiwanis.org