Auction brings decadent fun
April 30, 2009 · Updated 10:50 AM
By Judy Halone-The Courier-Herald
Ninety guests got a sweet deal of a lifetime Saturday night when the Bonney Lake Lions Club presented its Death by Chocolate fundraiser at Cedar Ridge Retirement and Assisted Living.
The event brought in $2,500 for the service organization, whose charitable drives include its sight and hearing program and Bonney Lake Lions 4 Kids House.
Highlights of the evening included a gourmet dinner prepared and served by Bonney Lake High's culinary arts program; a silent auction featuring several chocolate desserts; and operatic performances by baritone John B. Cooper and tenor Robert McPherson.
“The event went wonderful,” Carol Wells-Reed said. “We sincerely appreciate the support of the community for the donations, and for our guests who came to the event.”
The three-hour evening started early in the day for Bonney Lake High culinary arts instructor Kahale Ahina and his students. The group used the same menu that earned it a second-place finish in the Boyd Coffee ProStart Invitational cooking competition March 8. The team's dinner included greens accented with raspberry vinaigrette and candied pine nuts; chicken Florentine with spinach, prosciutto and mushroom gravy; and garlic mashed potatoes with sautéed vegetables.
The students also created two baskets made of golden, spun sugar and filled with egg-shaped, handmade truffles.
Following dinner, Cooper and McPherson performed several selections. Their duet performance of “Nessun Dorma,” from Giacomo Pucchini's opera “Turnadot” brought a standing ovation.
The auction featured several chocolate desserts, with one cake fetching more than $200.
Co-organizer and emcee David Colbeth praised the guests and the culinary students for their enthusiasm and support.
“You have all been very generous,” he said.