img_6102.jpg?w=300&h=225This year’s Philanthropic Foodies event held at the AAA Four Diamond Award Syracuse Marriott (formerly the Hotel Syracuse) offered an elegant and spacious setting for the fundraising Central New York community. In fact, the event was held in separate locations on the first floor which offered two different styles of live music to enjoy while sampling the local goodies. Instrumental piano renditions of mellow pop hits by Jimmy Cox provided the background in the lobby area near the silent auction tables. The Persian Terrace room featured two bands (Professional Victims & Fondu) during the event playing everything from alt-rock to disco. Each of the rooms featured over 15 different stations where guests could sample tapas sized servings from local chefs along with libations from local distilleries, breweries, cideries, wineries and coffee roasters.

The selection was eclectic and the food was tasty. It took us nearly two hours to try a bit of everything. We then put our bids in at the silent auction, which had some serious bidding wars going on. We also took the opportunity to look around the hotel for a bit. Having originally been built in 1924, the hotel was completely restored to its original look a few years ago, and offers guests a chance to step back in time, yet with all of the modern conveniences we’ve grown to expect. It really was a fantastic venue for the event. We can’t wait for next year’s celebration!

Below you can see some of the various drinks we enjoyed, along with some of the foods that each were paired with. (Photography by Alheydis K.)

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