The seventh annual “Food for Thought: A Tasting Event” returns Thursday, Jan. 16 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College campus commons and amphitheater.

The event — sponsored by the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community Foundation — is a major fundraiser for the student scholarship fund.

Area businesses offer food specialties for guests to sample. Approximately 15 local vendors volunteered to provide samples of their signature food and beverage specialties, including Carmen's, Chef's Marketplace, Cold One Liquor, Common Grounds, Family Tradition, Jim-n-Jo's Catering, Magnolia Café, Mama's Best Baklava, Northern Waters Smokehaus, Papa Murphy's, Room at the Table Catering & Bakery, Seven Fires Steakhouse, Streetcar Kitchen & Pub, Trapper Pete's, Gordy’s Warming House and a few other surprises.

“What started seven years ago as a simple idea has grown into a popular and successful event. Last year we raised $20,000 for our student scholarship fund at this event,” said Mary Soyring, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Foundation Board representative. “While this is a fun community event to raise funds for student scholarships, the better moment is when scholarships are presented to our students. It’s always satisfying to know that what might seem to be a small scholarship can change the course of a student’s life.”

Everyone attending Food for Thought can vote for their favorite food and dessert presented during the evening. The Golden Spoon Award and Silver Spoon Dessert Award are based on the popular vote held during the event, and the coveted awards are presented to the vendors at the end of the evening.

A highlight of previous Food for Thought events returns: the “Wall of Wine.” For a donation of $20, guests select a random bottle of wine and an envelope containing a gift card ranging in value from $10 to $100 donated from an area business.

A couple decide which bottle of wine they want to purchase from the "Wall of Wine" during the 2019 Food for Thought fundraiser at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet. (Pine Journal file photo)
A couple decide which bottle of wine they want to purchase from the "Wall of Wine" during the 2019 Food for Thought fundraiser at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet. (Pine Journal file photo)

Another fundraising activity during the event will be a silent auction for items including an overnight stay at Fitger's Inn plus a Fitger's Coffee Basket, an Oldenburg House Bed & Breakfast overnight stay, a helicopter tour of the Lake Superior waterfront in Duluth, a quilt, baked goods, jewelry, art and additional items.

A separate raffle for donated high-value prizes will also be part of the evening’s festivities. The $10 raffle tickets are available now and at the event. Prizes include a $1,000 travel voucher, a Lake Superior Float Plane Tour for two, a 50-inch Vizio television, a custom fire pit ring, and a B&B Market meat bundle and gas card.

Tickets for the event may be purchased at the FDLTCC Business Office Service Window, Reliable Insurance Agency or from Foundation board members. The ticket cost is $25 per person in advance, and $30 per person at the door. Foundation board members encourage people to purchase tickets in advance, as previous events reached maximum capacity.

For information, contact Mary Soyring at (218) 879-0811 or msoyring@fdltcc.edu.