Cellarbration banquet set for May 18

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Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald Attendees look over the silent auction items at last year’s annual Cellarbration fundraiser at Big Bend Community College. This year’s event is May 18.

MOSES LAKE — Tickets are on sale for the annual Cellarbration for Education fundraiser, sponsored by the Big Bend Community College Foundation. Cellarbration 2019 is scheduled for May 18 at the ATEC building on the BBCC campus. The wine/beer tasting begins at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Cellarbration is the foundation’s biggest fundraiser; proceeds go to BBCC’s scholarship fund. The first Cellarbration was held in 2002, and the event has raised more than $1 million for BBCC student scholarships.

Cellarbration and other fundraisers allow the college to provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors, professional/technical and returning student scholarships. (Returning students are people who have been out of college for a while but plan to come back.)

Cellarbration also raises money for a special emergency fund for qualifying BBCC students dealing with financial emergencies.

Cellarbration is not just any dinner — as indicated by the name, it’s about the wine, and the pairings of wine with each course. A panel of volunteers picks the wines, and sometimes that job is a prize during the fundraising auction.

For 2019, the wines will be provided by Jones of Washington, Quincy; 14 Hands Winery, Prosser; Wit Cellars, Prosser; Errant Cellars in Quincy and Milbrandt Vineyards, Prosser.

Dinner starts with a salad course, grilled and pickled asparagus with radicchio, Parmesan and prosciutto. Salad will be served with Errant Cellars 2017 patio white blend. Two entrees will be offered, the first a herb-crusted filet mignon with potatoes and squash, the second a vegetarian entree, goat cheese and oyster mushroom chile relleno with pumpkin puree and smoked garlic crema. The wine is a 2015 cabernet sauvignon from Milbrandt. Dessert is a Oaxaca cheesecake with carmelized papaya, berry and pomegranate molasses.

Auction items include a party for 20 at Chico’s Pizza, five yards of concrete, a one-year membership at Evolve Fitness, a pig cut and wrapped, jewelry and 20 “peace” silver dollars (1925). As befits a wine-themed party, there is a selection from Chris Daniel Winery and a 15-bottle package of “wines of the world.” Where there is wine there are spirits; a bottle of Laphroaig Scotch, plus glasses, will be on the block.

Auction items also include an “Arizona getaway” for four, a stay at the Alderbrook Resort, gift cards and toys, among many other items.

Tickets are $100 per person, $1,000 for a sponsored table for eight, and can be purchased at the foundation website, or by calling the foundation at 509-793-2006.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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