By Amy Basaraba
EDHS Language Arts Instructor and Curriculum Coach
On Thursday, Feb. 7, El Dorado High School’s
student council held its first "Taste of El
Dorado" event, seeking to raise funds for a Close-Up trip for students to
Washington, D.C. next spring. Twelve East Valley restaurants participated,
serving generous samples from their menus to more than 100 guests at the
Chandler-area high school.
"It was a very interesting event," expressed a
representative from Dine (Di-NAY) Yummy, which specializes in
Navajo fry bread. "We enjoyed coming, and it’s nice to get the exposure." A
similar sentiment was shared by other vendors, including some larger, more
"I know it was El Dorado’s first event like this,"
said a representative from The Hungry Monk, "but it was well done and the
staff was really nice." Representatives from both Dragon Wok and
Rosati’s restaurants agreed they would definitely return to El Dorado for
similar future events.
Guests dined outside in El Dorado’s courtyard for
three hours, enjoying beautiful evening weather, a strolling violist, and a
talented vocalist from El Dorado’s senior class. As the sun set, tiki lights
blazed while guests continued to chat and help themselves to additional servings
from their favorite vendors.
"We’re glad to help these students," shared a
Chandler husband and wife. "The food was delicious and we are definitely going
to try out some of these restaurants."
On the menu were tacos from Don Taco, chicken
wings from The Hungry Monk, sweet and sour chicken from Dragon
Wok, sushi rolls from Eastwind Sushi & Grill, pizza squares from
Rosati’s, jerk chicken from Hot Pot, pulled pork from Rudy’s
Country Store & BBQ, Navajo fry bread from Dine Yummy, sourdough
bread slices from Bread Connection, fruit pops from Paletas Betty,
and cake slices from Lisa’s Rum Cake. The Devil’s Kitchen, in
addition to cookies and cold cuts, handed out $5 gift cards.
"The generosity of the vendors and the community is
overwhelming. This night has exceeded all my expectations, and I want to thank
everyone who helped to make this happen," said Emma Schindel, the event’s
coordinator for El Dorado High School.
School staff marveled at the success of the event,
commenting on the generous portion sizes the vendors afforded as well as the
support from the community. Patrons of "A Taste of El Dorado" included several
school principals and a member of the Chandler City Council. "We’re grateful to
be a part of this outstanding community," said El Dorado High School Principal
El Dorado High School is a public charter high school
located in northeast Chandler. The school recently received a B+ rating from the
State of Arizona. With a small school population, EDHS operates using a
welcoming, nurturing learning environment, which explains the final thoughts of
Student Council President Victoria Gonzalez. "We did everything we set out to do
and the results were fantastic," she said. "Even after we [seniors] graduate, we
will definitely come back to El Dorado and help out with the next one!"