I get to be a judge this week for one of my favorite fundraising events of the year.  The Taste is Thursday (April 19th) at the Hilton in Fort Collins.  It benefits the Food Bank for Larimer County and Neighbor to Neighbor.  It’s an evening of amazing food, drink and music.

More than 30 of Larimer County’s finest restaurants and nearly 20 of the its finest wineries and breweries participate in The Taste. There is a very unique silent auction & live jazz entertainment. The silent auction features the Palette of Plates, with special plates designed by local artists and Nests for Neighbors, featuring beautifully designed bird houses.

A few awards are given out during the evening.  There is the “Copper Spoon Award”. (Which I am a judge for).  It goes to the restaurant that has the best presentation.  Last year La Creperie won. They built an Eiffel Tower out of sugar. How cool is that?  There is also the coveted “Toast of the Taste Award”, which is voted on by the people.


The Taste
Thursday, April 19th (5:00-9:00 p.m.)
Hilton Fort Collins (425 West Prospect Road)
General Admission Tickets for the event are $65.00 per person (Entry 6 p.m.)
VIP Admission Tickets $100.00 per person (Entry 5 p.m.)

For tickets:  tastebenefit.org


  • Champagne and strawberry reception from 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Walkabout tray, which will conveniently hold your wineglass and food
  • Giveaway or coupon may be available for the first 100 VIP guests – so be sure to arrive early
  • Entry in special drawings for VIP guests only

All proceeds directly benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County and Neighbor to Neighbor, two of the area’s largest non-profit organizations designed to provide resources for the hungry and homeless.

* Food Bank for Larimer County: www.foodbanklarimer.org
* Neighbor to Neighbor: www.n2n.org