Toast of the Town, the first wine and food event in Columbus, was a great success and committee chairs Faye Melton and Maxine Hudson were able to give the Columbus Symphony Orchestra a check for $90,000.
JJ Musgrove, the CSO executive director, said TOTT was a "fantastic success," and raised $130,000. The money directly benefits the education programs of the CSO.
The event was on March 26 in the RiverMill Event Centre. It featured wine tastings from vintners and distributors from all over America and abroad. Food tastings were from local and area restaurants. Special guests included Chef Chris Hastings of the Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham; Chef Jamie Keating, RiverMill Event Centre; Chef Jim Sikes, Jimmy's in Opelika; Fritz Stuhlmuller, Stuhlmuller Vineyards in Alexander Valley, Calif.; Jeff Tamayo, Tamayo Family Vineyards in Contra Costa County, Calif., and Michael Affatato, Chateau La Gatte in Bordeaux, France.
The Family Concert and Young People's concerts that usually have 2,000 students listening to classical music, are scheduled to return in November. These concerts were not part of the orchestra's budget this year because of lack of funding.
"Columbus has shown that this type of food and wine event is extremely popular and we are already planning on expanding Toast of the Town for the spring of 2011," said Musgrove in a release.