What program(s) is supported by the proceeds of this event?
The Great Taste proceeds go to support ICA Food Shelf’s food and case management programs. ICA is thankful to our community who supports 96% of our annual budget! And, this event is part of that support! (Another important note: net proceeds for The Great Taste have exceeded 87% of gross receipts every year – meaning we keep costs for this event extremely low due to the generosity of our partners.)
What is the event timeline?
Arriving as close to 5:00 is ideal for this event! We keep a packed-tight schedule!
5:00 – 6:30: Appetizers/deserts from nine local restaurants, beer/wine from local breweries, silent auction items & great gatherings, photo wall, and mingling with everyone you haven’t seen since last year!
6:30: Program begins – Belinda Jensen, MC, will get us going with heads & tails (amazing prize generously donated by CUB Foods). We will hear from ICA clients, have an amazing live auction and opportunity to give.
7:30: Wine/Dine guests head to dinner – they received their surprise restaurant destination upon arrival of the event. Taste Table guests have a special dessert/Prosecco.
8:00: Taste guests wrap up their evening! Wine/Dine Guests return via chauffeured transportation and head home (no need to check out - check out is automatic).
What about parking?
Minnetonka Community Center has a wonderful parking lot that should accommodate everyone.
What do I need to do BEFORE the event?
REGISTER! Please enter your contact and card information prior to The Great Taste. That will make for a speedy registration, easy bidding and automatic check out, and we can get you to the appetizers! Your card will only be used if you win a silent or live auction item, play a game, or make a donation during the fund-a-need. Be sure to provide your mobile phone number in order to receive a one-click login link for easy access to the auction.
What is the silent auction time frame?
The silent auction opened on Thursday, October 17, and bidding closes DURING the event, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24. All silent auction items are available online, and the baskets will be live and in-person during the event. All items will be available for pick-up at ICA administrative office (12990 St Davids Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305) Monday 10/28/19 through Friday, 11/1/19, 9:00-3:00.
What food/drink will be available at the event?
We will have appetizers from seven local partners and desserts from three partners. There will be a variety of delicious tastings – everything from sushi to pizza to bundtinis. Beer is provided by Unmapped Brewing Co & Finnegan’s, and wine by Glen Lake Liquors. We will have a variety of sparkling and still waters, and coffee.
Where is my seat?
If you have a Wine/Dine Table/Ticket or a Tasting Table, you will have an assigned table that will be given to you at check-in. Tables in the community center will be numbered. If you have a Taste ticket, there will be several tables and chairs for seating – everyone has a seat!
What restaurant am I going to?
We can’t tell you that! It’s a surprise! We have nothing but AMAZING local restaurants who are all excited to host your party for the evening. Your restaurant reveal will happen when you check-in for the evening. Keeping things spicy!
What is the tax-deductibility of my ticket?
Wine and Dine Table: $720 tax deductible
Wine and Dine Ticket: $90 tax deductible
Taste Table: $450 tax deductible
Taste Ticket: $35 tax deductible