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A tasty fundraiser

An over veiw of guests and vendors at the fifth annual Food For Thought fundraise at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

The fifth-annual Food for Thought fundraiser was a great success at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. The event raised $23,000 and 300 guests attended. According to College Foundation Representative Mary Soyring, both of those numbers broke previous records for the scholarship fundraiser.

There were some new vendors this year: NE BBQ Smokehouse, Magnolia Cafe, Common Grounds and Room at the Table, a new catering business in Cloquet. He brought roasted red pepper soup and curry pumpkin soup in little paper containers.

"I'm the only one who brought shots," owner Paul Sapyta joked.

Magnolia Cafe brought samples of beignets (french pastry) and Common Grounds brought a variety of coffees to sample.

Many guests who attended in the past said the vendors "upped their game" from last year's event. New guests marveled at the variety and the quality of the food.

"It's a little crazy," Melanie Spencer said as she looked around the crowded room. "I'm surprised at all of the food and variety of vendors. I loved the beignets.They were done perfectly."

Her friend agreed.

"I'm impressed, from the quality of the food to the elegant presentations," Anita Barr said. "It was worth the drive from Duluth."

Emcee Michelle Lee announced The Streetcar Kitchen and Pub as the winner for their walleye wild rice cakes with lemon dill aioli sauce. She noted there was several restaurants in the running.

The Exchange Bakery took home the 2018 Golden Dessert award with its mini cupcakes. There was a variety, with a popular chocolate/blueberry mini cupcake and a melt-in-your mouth fudge bite.

The sixth annual Food for Thought tasting event is Jan. 17, 2019.