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Flavor of Curry adds spice to college fundraising efforts

The Flavor of Curry will be revealed Thursday, April 15, with an unusual fundraising event to support the construction of the Brookings campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College (SOCC).

The revelations will include a taste of the history of Curry County, provided by well-known local storytellers and, for the palate, a selection of the county’s delectable edibles.

The celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Redwood Theater with the storytellers sharing information about the shaping of Curry County’s friendly flavor.

That story telling portion of the evening will be free to the public, but donations for the new campus will be encouraged.

The reception will follow at 6 p.m. next door at MoVino Wine Bar; and will provide treats for the most sophisticated palate, planned by valedictorian graduate of SOCC, Rebecca Streaker.

The $50 reception ticket will introduce the diner to a menu filled with the flavor of Curry County, including wild salmon, locally caught shrimp, wild mushrooms, Oregon free range chicken, hazelnuts, Meyer lemons, wild fennel, Rogue Creamery blue cheese, Brandy Peak blueberry liqueur reduction, Cliff Creek red wine, and Foris pinot gris.

Streaker will be assisted in the preparation of the delectable edibles by nationally-known cooking instructor Anne Bouley.

The menu includes Oregon pink shrimp cake with ginger wasabi sauce, smoked wild salmon mousse with homemade rye bread, Oregon wild mushroom strudel with goat cheese and wild herbs, Oregon free-range chicken with candied locally grown Meyer lemons and wild fennel, Oregon pear with candied Oregon hazelnuts and Rogue Creamery blue cheese, plus the aforementioned spirits produced in Curry County.

The planners of this unusual fundraiser continue to look for additional ways to raise enough capital to make it possible to build both phase I and phase II of the Curry County SOCC as soon as possible.

SOCC Board member Cherie Mitchell stressed the need for the early construction of phase II because it includes the big kitchen and meeting room that will make it possible to provide a place for large events plus a welding lab is needed to train students for early employment.

Mitchell noted that the Curry campus plans also include a high tech medical program with the latest in simulated equipment to prepare many for a career in the growing medical field.

Three story tellers will present county history “From the Beginning.”

Historian Mike Adams will share stories from history recorded in interviews with local Native Americans and pioneer families.

Walt Schroeder, author, historian, legislator and Oregon State University Extension agent, will highlight wonderful tales from the past with an old time slide show on the big screen that is promised to amaze.

Long time resident Walt Thompson will take the audience back to the early 1950s when he first came to Brookings to work in the logging industry, with a collection of historical photos.

Planners promise that the Flavor of Curry event will provide participants the opportunity to receive the latest information about the progress of the building program for  the Curry campus, plus sharing an entertaining afternoon and evening with like-minded supporters of higher education for Curry County.

The promise is that if the presentations are well-received the future may hold additional events to share more of the Flavor of Curry.

Reception tickets are available at Flora Pacifica, Mory’s, Words and Pictures, and MoVino, or by calling Kren Pringles, 541-419-2073 for ticket delivery.

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