18th Taste for Los Al Again Provides Food, Fun & Funds for LAHS Booster groups

Representatives from most of the participating Los Al HS booster clubs showed up last Tuesday in front of the Los Alamitos High School Performing Arts Center to receive their checks for ticket sales at this year’s Taste for Los Al. Booster groups raised over $180,000 at this year’s event to support their activities.

With around 40 restaurants providing food, and almost 30 Los Alamitos High School booster groups participating, the 18th Taste for Los Al turned in another successful performance on October 13, 2018, once again raising close to $250,000 in gross revenues.

The event was held on Saturday, October 13, at the Shops at Rossmoor which graciously donated their site for the 11th straight year.  Just over 3,300 tickets were sold to the event, but the rain earlier in the day (not to mention the thunder and lightning the previous night) may have intimidated some ticket buyers as just under 2,900 persons actually attended. Those who did, enjoyed almost perfect weather throughout theevening

Booster clubs earned $96,000 from ticket sales with softball leading the way with 427 tickets sold, followed by Vocal Music (357), Baseball (288) and Girls Soccer (269).  Groups receive $30 per ticket sale, less for late sales. 

Groups also raised nearly $90,000 from the almost 80 silent auction tables and various raffles, with Lacrosse leading the way in this area with nearly $18,000 reported revenues from their 14 auction tables.  Baseball, Softball, Ice Hockey and Boys Basketball were also all around the $10,000 mark.  These totals, combined with the beveragesales, now mean The Taste has raised over $3 million in revenues to supportactivities at Los Alamitos High School (and middle school music groups) sinceit began with the food of ten local restaurants in 2001.

Three of those restaurants from that first year have never missed an event – Hof’s Hut, Sango Sushi, and the Yucatan Grill. 

Participating restaurants this year included:

LOS ALAMITOS:  A LA Waffle, Hof’s Hut, Katella Deli, Sango Sushi, Madera’s Steakhouse, Brew Kitchen Ale House, Mama’s, Shenandoah at the Arbor, Griffins Grill, P.O.P. (Pacific Organic Pops), Potholder Café, Polly’s Pies

NORTH SEAL BEACH/ROSSMOOR: Chick Fil-A, Santa Fe Importers, Pick-Up Stix, Islands, Sprouts, Peet’s Coffee

SEAL BEACH:  Yucatan Grill, Mahe, 320 Main, Walt’s Wharf, Bogart’s Coffee, Temecula Olive Oil Company

LONG BEACH: Buffalo Wild Wings, The Crooked Duck, The Eldo (El Dorado), Grocery Outlet, Lucille’s BBQ, Mimi’s Café, Parker’s Lighthouse, Sideyard Café, Simmzy’s, Corner Bakery, Twice Baked Baking Co.

GARDEN GROVE:  On the Rocks.

The Taste for Los Al is hosted by OUR Los Al, a non-profit whose mission is to help support and promote awareness of activities at Los Alamitos High School and the greater Los Alamitos Community.  OUR Los Al keeps the beverage sales and whatever of the ticket revenues is left after event expenses are paid.  It uses its money to help fund big-ticket items, and activities involving multiple groups.  Over the years it has given around $230,000for the all-weather track at the high school, in addition to money for the gym scoreboard, and multiple field improvements, and training room improvements.  It also uses some of the money to help fund broadcasts of Los Al HS sports and other school activities throughout the year.

More event photos than you ever wanted to see can be viewed at The Taste’s Facebook site.

Attendees wait in line for the vent to open its gates at 6pm.

Madera’s Steakhuse owner Arturo Garcia (left) had long lines for his Santa Fe chili
A LA Waffle owner Sara Ho kept customers happy at her second Taste for Los Al. 
Brew Kitchen Ale House owner Joe Maggiore (2nd from left) went back for more empenadas 
Hof’s Hut (with GM Martine Santiago, far left) has been dishing out pies for all 18 Tastes.
The Los Al HS Jazz band rocked it during their one hour set early in the evening.
The Lacrosse boosters raised nearly $18,000 from the items at their 14 tables at The Taste.  Each booster club runs its own auction at the event.

Author: Los Al TV


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