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
"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.
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 David Miller.
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!"