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April 16, 2008 > Kidango Taster's Showcase

Kidango Taster's Showcase

By Brittney Hansen

On Sunday, April 20, join the fun at Kidango's 13th annual taster's showcase of fine foods and beverages to support meal programs serving thousands of children each year.

Kidango's mission statement is to "inspire all children and their families by promoting their potential and diversity through quality education and nurturing relationships." Through early education programs, as well as food programs, Kidango has served local families. Each year, over 1.25 million meals are served to over 3,000 families in the Alameda, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties.

Kidango started in 1979 as Tri-City Children's Centers. The first center was in Fremont; its program served 90 children and their families. Today, the program services approximately 3,200 children in 38 different centers, such as the Recreational Center in Fremont, and Alum Rock Schools in San Jose.

Funding for the Kidango meal program comes from the annual Taster's Showcase where people can go to enjoy fine foods and wines, and participate in both live and silent auctions. The extensive list of contributing restaurants and wineries; over two dozen are participating range from Essanay Cafˇ and Papillion, to Pizzeria SFO Bar and Grill, and Gelato Classico. Contributing wineries are Westover Vineyards, Red Skye Winery and Crystal Basin Cellars, plus beverages from Jack's Brewing Company.

Tasters Showcase begins at 1 p.m., but the doors will open at noon for those interested in the early bird silent auction. Items being auctioned include an assortment of baskets - wine and beer baskets, spa and traveling baskets, as well as a San Jose Sharks basket which features an official Sharks jersey signed by the team members, to name just a few. The live auction will feature a Caribbean cruise, Tahoe vacation, Disney vacation adventure and a week-long stay at an RCI resort.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door for $45. When you purchase a ticket, you will be automatically entered into the grand prize drawing for a dozen dining tickets at local restaurants.

For more information about the Kidango Taster's Showcase, or to learn about their programs and services, call (408) 262-4252 or visit

Kidango Taster's Showcase
Sunday, April 20
1 - 4 p.m. (doors open at noon for Early Bird Silent Auction)
Newark/Fremont Hilton
39900 Balantine Dr., Newark
(408) 262-4252

Tickets: $45

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