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Taste of Redmond event set for April 16
“I was super impressed with their pitch,” shared Frank Curtiss of Frankie’s Pizza & Pasta, regarding Redmond High School’s (RHS) marketing class.
So much so that Frankie’s joined the likes of Blazing Bagels and Hancock’s Bakery to participate in February’s Taste of Redmond (ToR) event. A partnership between the City of Redmond’s Old Fire House Teen Center and Grace Brady’s fourth-period marketing/DECA class, ToR seeks to connect Redmond’s teens with local restaurants for a free night of food samples, coupons and business education.
The next ToR free teen event is at 6 p.m. April 16 and will feature crepes and a presentation from Creperie de Paris at the teen center, 16510 N.E. 79th St.
Businesses looking to get involved can email OFH@redmond.gov for more information.
Olivia Kaplan, part of the RHS marketing team organizing April’s ToR event, will be partnering with Creperie de Paris.
"We love their crepes and are so excited to be working with them for the Taste of Redmond. This is a great experience for us teens to be working in our community and taken seriously as young entrepreneurs,” she said.
It’s a win-win for local businesses, too, sharing their business’ history and products with a captive teen audience.
"I enjoy bringing the genuinely delicious taste of crepes to the teens of Redmond,” said Hassan Erikaini of Creperie de Paris.
Marketing teams are graded for their ToR event on subjects such as promotions, logistics, communication and attendance. Each Taste of Redmond has seen around 40 teens participating, with goals of reaching more than 75 teens by June.
“The Taste of Redmond project has been a big hit with our DECA members. They are applying the skills and knowledge they are learning in class to a real business situation, which is an invaluable learning tool," Brady said. "The best part is hearing the teams debrief to their class about what they learned and what they would do differently. This is exactly what DECA is about: networking, applying learned knowledge and making connections in the business community."