February 28, 2012 > Elegant Affaire
By M. J. Laird
An Elegant Affaire marked its twenty-first year at the Newark Pavilion February 10. First envisioned by Frank Sisk, an amateur gourmet chef who loved to cook for family and friends, the event is the sole fundraiser by Tri-Cities League of Volunteers to raise money for the arts in K-12 schools, a program that brings performing artists to more than 14,000 students in Fremont, Newark, and Union City.
David Smith, long-time and recently retired Newark mayor, served as honorary chairman of this year's event, showcasing local talent. Das Brew Inc., a newcomer to the Tri-Cities, volunteered served a variety of beers from its microbrewery that recently opened in Fremont. Westover Vineyards, another local from Palomares Road in Niles Canyon, returned to satisfy wine connoisseur palates. Band of Gold, a local duo known for Country-Western-Jazz sounds, performed. Students from local schools waited tables.
Ohlone College Trustee Vivien Larsen joined the chef team for the first time, joining Eileen McDonald, who represents Fremont and Newark on the Alameda County Board of Education, A Very Berry and Frederico's of Union City. Ohlone College Trustee Rich Watters provided the final taste of the evening.
For more information about Tri-Cities League of Volunteers, call (510) 793-5683.