On August 25, you came out to wholeheartedly support the the Foundation’s mission at our annual fundraiser, a Taste of Knowledge. The event was a great success, and it raised a record-breaking $50,000 for Los Alamos Public Schools. With these funds, we are able to offer more grants to support our schools.

This year there were two seatings: An Afternoon in Provence and An Evening in Paris. Both featured French food and wine pairings, silent and live auctions, all in the relaxed setting of the Pig + Fig Café. For the third year in a row, the event sold out.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone who made Taste of Knowledge such a great success again this year. 

Laura Crucet and her team at Pig + Fig went above and beyond to plan, prepare and serve two incredible menus, each featuring 5 French dishes.

Karen Easton worked with Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor to pick the French wines that perfectly paired with the food. Easton also donated her time to serve at the event, along with other volunteer servers Beth Bathrick, Beth Bouman, Jean Harris and Jennifer Harris.

Jill Cook very graciously agreed to act as auctioneer again this year, facilitating lively auctions at both events.

LAHS instructor Becca Jones arranged for culinary students to once again help Pig +Fig to prepare the food. The students were Tiana Lopez and Haley Adams-Brown.

In addition, a number of LAHS student volunteers, including several members of the Key Club, volunteered many hours to help with setting up, managing the auction, serving food, and cleaning up. The student volunteers were Christina Nisoli, Shena Han, Melisa Varol, Audrey Nolen, Andrew Watson, Max Corliss, Andy Corliss, and LAPS Foundation student board members Isaac Ronning and Victoria Nisoli.

Members of the LAHS Jazz Project, headed by LAMS band director Ryan Finn, charmed the audience with live music. They were Addie Richie, Evs Alexander, Kevin Bojorquez, Alexander Waters, Beth Short and Jackson Bell.

We would also like to give a great thanks to the many businesses and individuals that generously contributed to the auction: Albuquerque Isotopes, Blue Window Bistro, Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, Century Bank, China Moon, Chris & Helen Ortega, Classic Air Medical, Don Taylor’s Photography, EXIT Realty Advantage, Extended Play Photography, Float Los Alamos, Hal Davis, Hilltop Spa, Jill Cook, Julie Goen, LA Canvas Events, LA Daily Post, LA Fire Department, LAHS Prostart, Lance Eaton, LAPS Athletics, Los Alamos Concert Association, New Mexico United, Origami, Papa Murphy’s, PEEC, Petree Garden Center & Florist, Pig + Fig Café, Reel Deal Theater, Renee Mitsunaga, Richard Swenson, Ruby K’s, Ruby Magdalena Vineyards, Ryan Finn Quartet, Sandia Peak Tramway, Shelley Clark, Suzy Kroesche, Thom Mason, Tom Hill, Vintage Hair Co., Viola’s, Windgate Healing Arts, and Zia Credit Union.