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Bring your dancing shoes to annual Taste of Claremont

Attendees of the Rotary Club of Claremont’s 14th annual Taste of Claremont will get an extra hour to kick up their heels next Saturday, April 20, at the Claremont University Consortium from 5 to 9 p.m.

Event Chair Tim Harrison and Rotary volunteers have extended the event this year to let revelers dance and dine to their hearts content.

“Last year, it closed at 8 p.m. and we felt like we were kicking people off the dance floor,” Mr. Harrison explained. “And the dance floor will be bigger this year, so people can do a little more dancing.”

Two bands will perform, Remember Then and The 11th Hour, as guests mingle while enjoying samplings from local favorites Eureka, Tutti Mangia  and Casa de Salsa, among others. A complete list of participants is listed below. Guests will enjoy beer from Claremont Craft Ales, Dale Bros. and Hangar 24 along with wine from the Packing House Wine Merchants and Plume Ridge Bottle Shop. Guests must be 21 to attend.

The annual event is the result of a partnership between the Rotary Club of Claremont and the community in an effort to support humanitarian projects locally and around the world. Proceeds from this year’s Taste of Claremont will be used to support local programs such as CLASP, Bikes for Kids and Inland Valley Hope Partners, and to provide community college students scholarships. International projects include the eradication of polio, providing safe water to impoverished countries and advancing the education of women in impoverished countries.

This year, 35 vendors will be on hand to provide samples of food and drinks. A raffle and a number of art items by local artists will be auctioned and on display to support Rotary and its programs.

“We have a diamond pendant donated by Ben Bridge Jewelry valued at $1950 this year,” Mr. Harrison said. “They donate something very nice every year. My wife won the earrings a few years ago and they are beautiful. But then again, she put all her raffle tickets on it.”

Rotary of Claremont sold over 600 tickets last year, raising close to $35,000 to go back to the community. The addition of an art auction and live bands last year—as well as the move from Taylor Hall to the Claremont University Consortium building—greatly improved the event, according to Mr. Harrison.

“I have to give a big thank you to the restaurants who donate their food, wine and beer,” Mr. Harrison said. “And to all the Rotary people who work so hard for free so all the funds go back to the projects in Claremont.”

Tickets, which are currently on sale, cost $65 before the event or $75 at the door and are available at Wolfe’s Market, Xerxes, Susa and Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty.

To purchase tickets online or for more information, visit www.TasteofClaremont.org.

A full list of participating restaurants and food vendors can be seen on page 39 of this edition of the COURIER or by visiting the Taste of Claremont website.

—Kathryn Dunn



Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill  

Bert & Rocky’s Cream Company     

Buca di Beppo

Casa de Salsa

The Cheese Cave

Eddie’s New York Pizzeria

Espiau’s Restaurante Y Cantina

Eureka! Burger

Euro Café

Foothill Kitchens

Heroes and Legends Bar & Grill

Hillcrest - Village Center Cafe

Inka Trails

Mt. San Antonio Gardens

The Orchard Restaurant at the Doubletree

Packing House Wine Merchants Restaurant

Rincon Azteca

Sinfully Sweet Apple Co.

Some Crust Bakery

Spaggi’s Italian Grill

Starbucks Coffee

Trader Joe’s

Tutti Mangia Italian Grill

Wolfe’s Market



Wine and beer: will be provided by:


Brandt Family Winery

Claremont Craft Ales

Dale Bros. Brewery

Galleano Winery

Los Angeles International Wine  & Spirits Competition

Specialty Cellars

Plume Ridge Bottle Shop

Joseph Filippi Winery

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery

Packing House Wine Merchant