A Taste Of California

One World Montessori School’s annual spring fundraising event, “A Taste of California,” features wonderful food, great California wines, fantastic music, and a collection of unique items to bid on at the live, silent and wine auctions. In addition to raising money for the school’s educational programs and to our scholarship fund, which has allowed hundreds of children of limited means to attend the school since 1979, the event is a chance for One World families and friends to enjoy a pleasant evening immersed in the feeling of community that has become One World over the years.

The evening is hosted by the Decathlon Club in Santa Clara, who serves up a variety of cheeses, butlered hors d’oeuvres, and a delicious light dinner. Attendees also enjoy an evening of wine tasting, courtesy of local California wineries (wineries who participated in the past include Adobe Road, Creekview, Fortino, Roudon Smith & Testarossa Vineyards).

Doug Ellington, the talented trumpeter and composer, provides the musical entertainment. He is the grand-nephew of the renowned Duke Ellington, and he certainly lives up to his ancestry! The live auction is hosted by our long time auctioneer, Chuck Whitman. He has a magical way of entertaining the crowd as he encourages bidding on the exciting items we have to offer. Packages auctioned at past events include:

  • Weekend in New York to see a Broadway play
  • Napa Valley wine country get-away
  • Gourmet cooking classes
  • Johnny Depp autographed “Pirates of the Caribbean” poster
  • Fire house dinner
  • Trip to Los Angeles, including VIP tickets to the “Ellen DeGeneres” and “Doctors” shows
  • Formula One car racing tickets
  • Trip to Mexico
  • Billy Crystal autographed script of “When Harry Met Sally”
  • Two adult off-road bicycles
  • Interior house painting
  • Sailing in the San Francisco Bay and helicopter ride over the Golden Gate Bridge

We hope you will join us each spring as we renew old friendships and establish new ones while contributing to continuing the education we are proud to provide.


2013 Pouring Wineries:

Creekview Vineyards
Fortino Winery
Testarossa Winery
Comartin Cellars
Perrucci Vineyards

2013 Sponsors:

Silicon Valley Network Referral Group
LoMonaco Real Estate Group

2013 Donors:

Aldo’s Ristorante & Bar
Alexander’s Steak House
Almaden Valley Nursery
Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria
Annieglass
Artisans Gallery
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
AVAC Swim School
Avista Audio Visual Rentals
Balloons Above The Valley
BATS Improv Center for Improvisational Theatre
Bay Area Glass Institute
Bear Valley Mountain Resort
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad
Birks Restaurant
Blackberry Farm Golf Course
Blossom Hill Crafts
Blue and Gold Fleet
California Academy of Sciences
California Shakespeare Theater
California Sports Center
Children’s Discovery Museum
Children’s Musical Theatre
Cinelux Theatres
City Lights Theater Company
Classic Car Wash
Classic Kids Photography
Club Ed Surf School and Camps
DJS Painting
East West Music & Dance
Filoli
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Frankie, Johnnie, and Luigi, Too!
Gilroy Garlic Festival Association, Inc.
Golfland
Golfland USA
Gourmet Gift Baskets
Gu Gu’s Pizza and Pasta
Guglielmo Winery
Gymboree
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Hilton San Jose
Hyatt House
Inside- Out Designs
International Culinary Center
Intero Real Estate
Kayak Connection
Kyoto Palace
Laser Quest
LeMans Karting
Little River Inn
Lone Star Limousine
Los Gatos Birdwatcher
Lunardi’s
Malibu Grand Prix
Massage Works Los Gatos
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Montalvo Arts Center
Montessori Services
Nienhuis Montessori USA
Niles Canyon Railway
Nothing Bundt Cakes- Los Gatos
OPI Products Inc.
Outback Steakhouse
Pacific Repertory Theatre
Pinkberry- Pueblo Plaza
Planet Granite
Raging Waters
Red and White Fleet
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
Round Table Pizza Group- BMC
San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Zoo
San Jose Giants
San Jose Marriott