Do I pair Sukhi’s samosa with a cabernet or pinot noir? Do Socola’s chocolate truffles go better with a red or a white? Do I want mustard on that Top Dog classic frank along with an oyster stout from Henhouse Brewing Company to wash it down? Those were the weighty topics of discussion at this year’s Taste of Haas.
Good food and good wine were the order of the day at the annual Taste of Haas event on Sept. 15. Over 300 Haas alums sauntered, sipped and shopped at this year’s event at Williams-Sonoma’s beautiful store on Union Square. Over 35 wine, food and beverage vendors offered their wares. And as in years past, it was a sold-out crowd with folks lined up outside waiting for the doors to open.
Added to all the incredible culinary treats were some treats of a different nature. Several people walked away winners. Tyler Keppler, MBA 2012, had many new friends as he walked out of the Taste of Haas with the Signature Wine Collection—an incredible assortment of wines from all of our Taste of Haas wineries. Mikhail Shneyder, MBA 2007, will be having an enlightening lunch with Dean Rich Lyons as a result of our raffle. Kim Wirtz, MBA 1993, will be cheering on the Cal team at the Washington State game in ATT Park. And Cynthia Harris, MBA 1993, will get some great career coaching advice during her session with Career Insiders’ Mauri Schwarz.
Finally, to help folks hone their networking skills, guests were challenged to discover fun facts about our various vendors and fill in their bingo cards to win a bottle of wine. How many of you know which Taste of Haas winery served its Sauvignon Blanc at President Obama’s inauguration? We’re not giving away the secret here. You’ll have to visit our Facebook page to learn about it. Or better yet, pencil in the date for next year’s Taste of Haas.
–Sandra Stumbaugh, MBA 1993