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ROAR with Laughter Will Feature a “Farm to Table” Dining Experience

Written by Meg Reilly
The “Farm to Table” sponsors pictured from left to right: Joe and Ilsa Keller and their son Harlan from Garden of Ideas, Sarah Bouissou from Bernard’s, along with Pam Rybarczyk from ROAR. Missing is Monica Brown from 109 Cheese & Wine

By Meg Reilly

Expect lively bidding at this year’s ROAR with Laughter fundraiser event on February 25th.  Among the exciting live auction items that include a Sonoma Valley wine trip, a private villa vacation in Manzanillo, Mexico and the ever-popular Macy’s Fireworks VIP evening, is a unique dining experience created and donated by three local businesses and long-time ROAR supporters

New this year is a fabulous “Farm to Table” evening hosted by The Garden of Ideas, 109 Cheese & Wine and Bernard’s. The evening will kick off with a tour led by Joe and Ilsa Keller, The Garden of Ideas owners, to view their beautiful grounds made up of eight acres of marsh, woodland, meadow and vegetable plots. Wine and hors d’oeuvres, carefully paired by Monica Brown of 109 Cheese & Wine, will follow the tour. Bernard’s own Sarah Bouissou will use her culinary talents to create a menu that centers on the bounties of the garden. “Creating this special evening to support ROAR was important to all us involved with its planning. It will truly be a magical evening”, said Sarah.

ROAR with Laughter takes place on February 25 at 7 pm at the Matrix Banquet and Conference Center. To make your reservation, learn more about the event or place your pre-event online auction bid, go to

*Photo courtesy Donna Svendsen


Kerry Anne Ducey