Palette to Palate gears up after banner year


Hundreds attended the annual event last year that raises funds for the Coconino Community College Fine Arts Department.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Palette to Palate funds purchased a pugmill that makes clay smooth and consistent, and the funds helped buy a badly needed new kiln to fire pottery. New track lights and shades grace the drawing and painting studio, and scholarships support student success in the Fine Arts Department.


For the last 15 years, the Palette to Palate fundraiser has been dedicated to raising funds for the Coconino Community College Fine Arts Department. Each year, the event has successfully raised funds and has continued to grow in popularity, resulting in the best year to date last year – to the tune of $15,000.


The 2017 Palette to Palate promises to be just as successful.


Palette to Palate is a mixture of great food and great art. More than a dozen local restaurants compete for the top spots by featuring some of their finest hors d’oeuvres, main dishes and desserts while the artwork of local artists and CCC students is auctioned off to the highest bidder. The guests at the event are also treated to fine entertainment by local performers.


“This could be the best year ever,” said CCC’s Marketing and Events Coordinator Brian Harris. “I’m really looking forward to attending. CCC Dance Instructor Robert Corbin will introduce special choreographed dance performances showcasing his FALA students, and Chase Coleman will be performing with the FALA Jazz Band.”


Alan Petersen, Fine Arts Instructor, said, “For a school our size, with our budget conditions, it allows us to offer a high-quality experience for our students.”


The equipment purchases allow students a stronger learning experience, Petersen added. Additionally, the funds support a variety of field trips to art locations throughout the states, and sometimes, even abroad. Finally, the Fine Arts Department can award two students each academic year with $1,500 scholarships each to help them afford their studies at CCC.


“People tell me it’s one of the nicest fundraising events,” Petersen said of Palette to Palate. “It’s created a tradition people look forward to and express enjoyment by supporting the department.”


Last year, tables were reserved for the following restaurants: Main Street Catering, Artisan’s Kitchen, Satchmo’s, SoSoBa – The Nonstop Noodle Shop, Little America Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Sakura Sushi & Teppanyaki, Simply Delicious/Café Daily Fare, Pita Jungle, Josephine’s Modern American Bistro, Cottage Place, The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House, Southwest Foodservice Excellence, Zenith Steakhouse at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort and Plated Projects: Buster’s, Fieldhouse Chicken & Waffles, The Mayor, Oakmont and Taverna.


Mother Road Brewing Company provided locally brewed craft beers. The Commerce provided the wine, and Campus Coffee Bean provided coffee and tea. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Flagstaff provided refreshments, and Sutcliffe Floral served as the floral sponsor.


Findlay Toyota of Flagstaff helped make Palette to Palate possible, in part, as the patron sponsor.


Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 28, in the CCC Lone Tree Campus Commons, 2800 S. Lone Tree Road, in Flagstaff. Ticket prices are $40 for individual admission, $70 for couples, and $30 for individual CCC students, alumni, faculty and staff. To purchase Palette to Palate tickets online, visit Palette To Palate 2017 Tickets.


For more details, please contact Marketing and Events Coordinator Brian Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (928) 226-4312.

Wednesday, 15th February 2017
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