By Andy J. Gordon
The King Harbor Boating Foundation hosted a fundraiser on Sunday, June 14, 2015, for their Waterfront Education Program. The event was a relaxing afternoon of craft beer, upscale bar food and live music. It took place at Eureka! Tasting Kitchen on the site of the Hawthorne Airport. Guests enjoyed a variety of craft beer, small batch whiskey, specialty cocktails and premium wine options.
The Waterfront Education Program joins together teachers, ocean scientists, boat/paddle craft operators, The Round House Aquarium and The SeaLab. Their classroom is Redondo Beach’s King Harbor. The program introduces students to wildlife aboard floating classrooms on tall ships, sailboats, trawlers, stand up paddle boards and kayaks to learn marine education in the natural classroom.
The event at Eureka! Tasting Kitchen showcased an eclectic selection of California craft beer producers. Eureka! has several beers on tap and many more in cans. Guests were able to select any of the available options. Some of the tastier choices included the brown ale from Golden Road, Coronado Brewing Company’s Golden Pilsner, Saint Archer Blonde and Hangar 24’s Orange Wheat.
All that beer tasted much better with some good bar food. Eureka! serves a variety of upscale pub standards. For the tasting event, they offered most of the items on their starters menu. The best of the day were the crispy, succulent buffalo style wings with real, chunky bleu cheese on the side. The lollipop corndogs with spicy, homemade mustard was also a perfect partner for the cold beers. Another nice dish was the refreshing bruschetta served with tomatoes, basil, goat cheese, lemon zest and balsamic vinaigrette.
Guests mingled through the restaurant while enjoying Caribbean music by the Dietz Brothers. A selection of raffle items and silent auctions were displayed along the bar. Winning bidders won yoga classes, wine tastings and paddleboard adventures. The afternoon was a success – everyone enjoyed a variety of good food and beverages while the Waterfront Education Program raised some much needed funds for the kids.
All Photos copyright Andy J. Gordon 2015©