On Thursday, December 3, the Union Bank branch in Santee once again hosted the annual Taste of Santee Mixer. This event is not just an opportunity for local restaurants and caterers to showcase their goodies. It also helps to raise funds, food, and toys for Santee Santas, a group which has provided assistance to needy Santee families since 1953. The Taste of Santee has been going on over 20 years now, and continues to be an important part of the community.
Over a dozen local establishments shared some of their best with the many who attended. Among the guests were members of the Santee City Council, Santee Chamber of Commerce, and many friends of Santee Santas. As in past years, the group Honky Tonk Kings provided the musical entertainment for the evening. The Kings consider this as their way of helping to give back to the community that has supported them over the years.
Santee Mayor Randy Voepel thanked participants of Taste of Santee
City Councilmember John Minto talked about the importance of Santee Santas
Santee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Warren Savage thanked attendees
Miss Santee Teen, Nicole Ehlke, is joined by Santee Princess Michelle, Miss Congeniality, Maria Maes, and Miss Santee Teen Third Runner Up Rebecca Hudson
Incoming Chamber of Commerce President John Olsen and wife Gina
A Few of the Great Restaurants Involved
Pinnacle Peak served up several barbecue specialties
Mimi’s Cafe brought some of their favorites
Olive Garden shared pasta and breadsticks
Chips and salsa from Chili’s
Rubio’s featured freshly made tacos
Don Lucio’s Taco Shop shared tacos with all the trimmings and tamales
Everyone had a fun time and Santee Santas went away with a nice collection of toys and food to help out this holiday season. Thank you to all who donated time, talent, toys, food, and everything else needed to make this a success. If you missed this year, be sure to mark the first Thursday of December 2010 so you’ll be ready.