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26 April, 2019

Add to Calendar 04/26/2019 06:00 PM 04/26/2019 09:00 PM America/Los_Angeles 7th Annual A Taste of Rio - Rio Hondo College Foundation This popular and festive event, produced by the Rio Hondo College Foundation, brings together more than 450 guests for an evening of delicious food, fine wine and beer, delightful entertainment, and opportunity drawings. The evening raises funds to support scholarships, programs and equipment that promote student success at Rio Hondo College. Rio Hondo College Erika Perret-Martinez false MM/DD/YYYY aAxOBgIDszneHwiNAmFL37312

24 Restaurants

Food, Wine, and Beer

434 Attending

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Event Details

A Taste of Rio

A Taste of Rio will take place Friday, April 26 on the beautiful Rio Hondo College Campus beginning at 6:00 pm.

This popular and festive event, produced by the Rio Hondo College Foundation, brings together more than 500 guests for an evening of delicious foods, fine wine and craft beer, delightful entertainment, and opportunity drawings. Musical entertainment adds to the festive atmosphere. Guests will vie for more than 100 tempting opportunity drawing prizes, entering tickets for items they hope to win. The evening raises funds to support scholarships, programs and equipment that promote student success at Rio Hondo College.

A Taste of Rio 2019 restaurants include:  Crooked Gaff Kitchen, The Commoner, Tacos N' Miches, Simply Southern Cuisine, Laura's Goodies, Angry Horse Brewing; along with past favorites  Clearman's Steak 'n Stein, California Grill, Doubletree by Hilton,  The Green Leaf Thai Cuisine, El Coraloense Mariscos, Herach & Ara Catering, Brewjeria Company, Juan Great Fiesta, Tepeyac Restaurant & Tequila Sports Bar, Zapien's Salsa Grill, Campus Food Service, Lascari's, South Central Brewing Company, Starwood Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company and more. 


To have your restaurant considered for A Taste of Rio, please contact Erika Perret-Martinez @ (562) 463-6645 or

  • a Taste of Rio Invitation Card - Front
  • a Taste of Rio Invitation Card - Back


Greetings! Registration is now open! A Taste of Rio has been a sold out event for the past 2 years. Purchase your tickets as soon as possible!

General Information

  • Must be 21 or older to attend event
  • Venue opens at 6:00pm
  • Pre-registrations ends April 24 @ 6:00pm

General Admission $50 - Admission to restaurant and tastings.

Pre-registration $35 - Pre-registration ends on April 24 @ 6:00pm.

  • VIP Access $75

  • The following VIP experiences are provided:
    • Agustin Ruelas, owner of Brewjeria will be serving Premium craft beer
    • Annette’s Pizzeria will be making fresh artisan pizzas
      The Commoner from Uptown Whittier will be featuring freshly shucked oysters.
      El Coraloense from Bell Gardens and a Johnathan Gold favorite will be making fresh paella
    • Premium and Sparkling wines courtesy of the Fairplex will be poured
      Premium spirits will also be provided
    • Acoustic Guitarist, Daniel Vera
      Photo Booth - Capture your evening memories via the photobooth courtesy of Scrapbooth
    • Souvenir Glass
      VIP gift to take home

Opportunity Drawings

For every $50 you spend on presale opportunity drawing tickets online from March 18 - April 24 you will be entered into a bonus drawing for a prize valued at least $100.

There will be an opportunity to preview items and drop your tickets at the Pre-Sale event on April 23rd and 24th from 11 AM to 2 PM on the Rio Hondo College Campus, Student Services Building, Room SS305.

Winners will be announced at "A Taste of Rio" on Friday, April 26, 2019. You do not need to be present to win. Classic drawing items are valued up to $200. Premium drawing items are valued at a minimum of $300. Fund-A-Scholarship drawing prizes are valued at $750 and above.


  • 1 Ticket - $10
  • 3 Tickets - $20
  • 15 Tickets - $50


  • 1 Ticket - $5
  • 3 Tickets - $10
  • 10 Tickets - $25


  • 1 Ticket - $100
  • 3 Tickets - $200

100% of your contributions will support The Rio Hondo College Foundation Scholarship Program

Faces of Rio

Read about Bailey, Yarisma, Justin, and Brenda, a few of the inspiring students who recently graduated from Rio Hondo College. When you make a donation to the Rio Hondo College Foundation, you enable students like these to work toward a brighter future!

  • Bailey Garcia
  • Yarisma Rocha
  • Justin Chow
  • Brenda Coronel

Rio Hondo College Foundation is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is raising funds to promote student success at Rio Hondo College.

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Janice Hahn - LA County Supervisor representing the 4th district
Westberg and White Architects
Ramirez Co.
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Bank of the West
Cossolias | Wilson | Dominguez | Leavitt - Certified Public Accountants
IDS Group
Keenan and Associates
The Solis Group
Olivarez, Madruga, Lemieux, O'Neill LLP
Longo Toyora Lexus
Beverly Hospital
Credit Union of Southern California
Schools First Federal Credit Union
Supervisor Hilda Solis - 1st District Los Angeles County
LACOE Compadres Program
Key Air Conditioning
Williams Tree Service
Follet Higher Education Group
Pacific Western Bank
Payden & Rygel
Whittier Union High School District
Merrill Lynch Bank of America
Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuaries
Majority Leader Ian Calderon
Rio Hondo College Faculty Association
Athens Services
Whittier Hospital Medical Center
Senator Bob Archuleta
City of El Monte
City of South El Monte
MAP Mgmt
Crown Promotions

Individual Sponsors

Norma E. Garcia (Rio Hondo College Trustee), Rosaelva Lomeli (Rio Hondo College Trustee), Max Ordonez, Oscar Valladares (Rio Hondo College Trustee), The Brearley Family - Don Jenkins - Yosh Nakamura - Don and Marta Hannah - Law Office of Ricardo Perez - Dr. Lyla and Les Eddington - Tom Spooner