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Farm to Table event puts a fresh face on fundraising

 

Last updated 05/27/2017 at Noon

More than 120 guests enjoyed the Farm to Table event which featured locally-sourced ingredients. Garden Watermelon Gazpacho and Mimosas were the beginning of a taste sensation that finally concluded with Panna Cotta topped with organic strawberry coulée. Photos by Larrisa Scors Anderson and Gina McInerny photo.

BONSALL – The Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) community came together to support Sullivan Middle School (SMS) in its mission to provide students with cutting-edge technology. More than $15,000 was raised at the first Farm to Table event held Saturday, May 13 at Lionsgate in Bonsall.

The exquisite charcuterie table offered an array of artisan delights including Kalamata olives brined by Michael Backalukas, honey from Eli’s Farm, strawberries from JR Organics, caviar provided by the Holloways, and Greek style fava beans in tomato sauce. Leone D’Arcangelo from Fresco Grill in Bonsall prepared the cheese and sausage platters including White Irish Cheddar and Port Wine cheeses from Belton farms as well as a smoked duck sausage from Mapleleaf Farms.

The fundraiser was organized by PTSA president Jenn Smith and SMS principal Joseph Clevenger along with Angelique Backalukas and Crystal Dence. Farms contributing locally-grown produce included Eli’s Farms, JR Organics, Del Rey Avocados, and Kendall Farms.

Many BUSD teachers and staff supported the Farm to Table event as either volunteer servers/bartenders or guests. Teacher Cassie Costa stated, “It felt like a huge family get-together!”

Craig Leach, BUSD technology and learning coordinator, stated: “Sullivan Middle School students and teachers are already accomplishing amazing things in STEM. The support of the PTSA and the Farm to Table event brings us even closer to the vision of a 1:1 student to device school. Making sure our students are technologically proficient is one important way to encourage our students to be successful in college and career.”

The next Farm to Table event will be a harvest theme in the fall.

 

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