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ROOT DIVISION Presents Its Annual Spring Fundraising Event Featuring Culinary & Visual Artists

San Francisco – On Thursday, April 19, Root Division will present TASTE 2012, a night of inspired local food, drink, art, & music. TASTE 2012 presents guests with artfully inspired bites & libations all donated by over a dozen of SF's culinary wizards. Other offerings at the event include:

• Live music by Go Van Gogh

• A Raffle for 3 Wine Chests featuring over 50 bottles of collector's choice wines and spirits.

• A Silent Auction of gift certificates from Bay Area restaurants, spas, salons, & other venues and small artworks by local emerging artists and youth.

• * VIP ticket includes early access to culinary treats, a passatelli-making demonstration by Chef Sharon Ardiana of Ragazza, and a limited-edition artist-designed tote filled with goodies and gifts!

Featuring Cuisine made onsite by:
Beretta / Chef Ruggero Gadaldi
Maite Catering / La Cocina / Chef Constanza Ortiz
Maverick / Chef Emmanuel Eng
Pronto by Bar Bambino
Ragazza / Chef Sharon Ardiana
Starbelly / Chef Adam Timney
Tacolicious / Chef Telmo Faria

Featuring Cocktails made onsite by:
Cantina Lounge
Dosa / Lenny Gumm
Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem / Mark DeVito
Hog & Rocks
Mosto / Josh Forth
Rye / Jon Gasparini

Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by visiting or calling 415.863.7668. Tickets will be sold at the door on an as-available basis.

TASTE 2012 VIP Host Committee: At each level, you'll receive VIP Host tickets so that you can amplify your support & experience this event to the fullest. You & each of your guests will receive VIP Host benefits as well as a Wine Chest Ticket AND a generous part of your contribution is tax-deductible!

- Diamond Host: $1500, includes 8 Host tickets ($800 of your donation is fully tax-deductible)
- 5-Star Host: $1000, includes 4 Host tickets ($600 of your donation is fully tax-deductible)
- 4-Star Host: $500, includes 2 Host tickets ($300 of your donation is fully tax-deductible)
- 3-Star Host: $250, includes 1 Host ticket ($150 of your donation is fully tax-deductible)

Wine Chest Raffle Tickets: $30/each (3 for $75)

With more food & beverages by:
Bi-Rite Market
Bridgeport IPA
Buttonwood Farm Winery
Eric Kent Wine Cellars/ Sarapo Family Wines
Ike's Place Sandwiches
Korbel Champagne Cellars
Mission Minis
Shiner Bock
Shoe Shine Wine
Trumer Pilsner

Other Sponsors/ Contributors to Date:
18 Reasons
Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
Back to the Body Yoga
Beach Blanket Babylon
Delfina/ Locanda
Lila B.
Lydia S. Gonzales Photography
Magnolia Wellness Center
Mediums to Masses
Nancy Boy
Paxton Gate
Prather Ranch
rumba TIME
Whole Foods, Noe Valley

Root Division is an arts and arts education non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.

Root Division is supported in part by grants from the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; Grants for the Arts: San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Voluntary Arts Contirbution Fund; Zellerbach Family Foundation, W A Gerbode Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Bill Graham Memorial Fund, and Art4Moore.

For further information regarding events and/or press materials, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Cancelmo at 415.863.7668 or

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