The Port Richmond High School Culinary Arts Program wins First Place Honors for Best Dish, Gnocci Pesto.

As in past years, the CSI Alumni Association’s Fourth Annual Savor the Flavors event, held in early April in the Center for the Arts Atrium, dazzled taste buds and raised much-needed funds for student scholarships.

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The event, sponsored by Liberty Mutual, and chaired by James McBratney ’05, CSI Alumni Board Member and President of the Restaurant and Tavern Association, attracted more than 200 guests.

Besides supporting CSI students and giving attendees the chance to sample some of the Island’s best cuisine, Savor the Flavors continued the tradition of providing awards to some of the best dishes, as judged by Rob Burmeister, Eddie Canlon, and John Sierp from the Food Network’s Chopped.

Best Dish Winners:

—1st Place: Port Richmond High School Culinary Arts Program (Gnocci Pesto)

—2nd Place: PepperJack Grill (Pulled Pork Slider)

—3rd Place: Delish Dishes (Ravioli Blue Cheese)

Best Dessert honors:

—1st Place: BeerGarden (Beer Cake)

—2nd Place: Lee Sims Chocolates (Jordan Cracker)

1st Place Best Dessert - The Beer Garden

People's Choice Award - PepperJack Grill

Best Table Decor - Joe Mozz Gourmet Shop

People’s Choice Award:

—PepperJack Grill

Best Table Décor:

—Joe Mozz Gourmet Shop

Beyond the winners, other businesses that generously donated food for the event were Afternoone’s, Alfonso’s, Blue, Bridge Tavern, Canlon’s, Da Noi, Dosa Garden, Hungry Sombrero, Jimmy Maxx, Joe’s of Avenue U., Lobster House Joe, The Lake Club, Manor Restaurant, Nucci’s, Oriental Plaze, Paesano’s Pizzeria, Park Café, Pink Lady Cakes, R. Ippolito Distributing (specialty beers), Randall Manor Tavern, San Rasa Sri Lankan Cuisine, Tapas, and Vino Devino Wines.

Coca Cola provided some of the beverages for the event, Feel the Beat Productions entertained the attendees with music, and Paul Caminiti from the CSI Photography Club was the event photographer.