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August 17th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
A warm summer evening, great food and company can mean only one thing in Temple City: it’s time once again for Dining Under the Stars, with our theme of 2009 as “Hollywood Nights”.
This year the organizers pulled out all the stops to include a red carpet for arriving guests who included several city council members, city commissioners, and many residents.
Upon check in, the VIPs with their All-Access Back Stage passes had a chance to listen to the Ernie Marchain Quartet while they dined on a large and eclectic mix of foods from around the world. The sold-out event was off to a grand start.
As guests entered via the red carpet, they were greeted with names of stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby carefully placed along Temple City’s “walk of fame”.
The VIPs made their way to individual stations for a wide variety of food which was then consumed at tastefully decorated tables around Temple City Park.
Participating restaurants included, Alex DiPeppe’s Italian Restaurant; Applebee’s; Baskin Robbins; Beto’s Grill; Cabrera’s Restaurant; Café Roule; Casa Del Rey; Edible Arrangements; El Super Burrito Jr, Olympic Bakery; Pino’s Place Italian Restaurant; Rose’s Donuts; Starbuck’s; Subway and Susie’s Kitchen. The food ranged from subtle Italian delicacies to sublime delights such as organic cheesecake.
As the cool evening air set the band featured a tribute to Sinatra sung by Bill Chico. The 200 plus guests listened intently as they feasted on dessert delights from the four corners of the globe.
The evening also featured café style seating and local volunteers who worked the room as ever-vigilant servers. As in many communities, Temple City volunteers work tirelessly at events throughout the year and this evening was indeed no exception. With the help of all involved, this year’s Dining Under the Stars was a success and will keep everyone anticipating next year.
Photographs by Terry Miller