On May 2, the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF), in partnership with First Citizens Bank will host the 2017 Taste of Transylvania. As the main fundraising event for TCSEF, which is a nonprofit that exists to promote, develop, and encourage public and private support of the Transylvania County Schools and its goals for education, the Taste of Transylvania has allowed TCSEF to steadily grow fundraising that has resulted with $18,000 in grants awarded to Transylvania County Schools’ teachers and staff in both 2016 and 2017. By providing financial support for programs and projects that are not funded through government revenues, TCSEF is a leading resource for helping to preserve, maintain, advance and enrich public education in Transylvania County.

As one of the most anticipated local events of the spring, the Taste of Transylvania involves months of planning and preparation from a dedicated group of volunteers. Beginning in December, members of the TCSEF Board of Directors form the Taste Subcommittee to organize and to plan the 2017 event. As a nonprofit, TCSEF is supported by a group of volunteers who are all active residents of Transylvania County committed to supporting public education.

Volunteer committee members spend months contacting restaurants to participate and businesses to sponsor, solicit auction items as well as organize all of the logistics to create an amazing and fun evening. Beyond our dedicated board members, we have the support of residents that also volunteer in organizing the event and help during the evening from welcoming ticket holders to cleaning up at the end of the night. If you would like to support Taste of Transylvania as a member, as a volunteer or with an auction donation, please contact us at foundation@tcsnc.org.

With the dedication of volunteers such as Emily Mehta Farlow, Marty Griffin, Frances Bryant Bradburn, Susan Breedlove, Courtney Mason, Beth Hampton and Kevin Smith, the Taste of Transylvania is an example each year of how community members come together to support Transylvania County Schools through an evening of fun. Tickets for the sixth annual Taste of Transylvania are on sale now at TCSEF.org. The evening will feature at least 15 Transylvania County restaurants/caterers, Broad Street Wines, Oskar Blues, live music and an auction and has proven to be one of the best local events each spring.