May 15, 2000
I was the lucky high bidder on the custom dinner that your chef, Shelley Tollefson, made for us at the Nestlé Training Center. Not only was it one of the nicest experiences of my life, but it was very special of you to do this not only for me and my family, but for the Cedarcrest High School PTSA.
Seldom (or never) does a mother get the sort of pampering and treatment that I received that evening. Everything was so perfect, from the stroll in your beautiful gardens, to the exciting experience of dining in your house on the hill in full and glorious view of the Cascades and the Snoqualmie Valley. I was so thrilled to be able to take my family to visit and actually dine at this most historic site right around the corner from our house.
Everything from the flowers, to the conversation with Mrs. Tollefson, made the evening perfect. It was so very special to be able to work with Shelley on determining the menu. It was absolutely incredible and Shelley was so wonderfully gracious. We had fabulous hors d'oeuvres, wonderful wine, a delicious blue cheese salad with pears, fresh halibut that was awesome, and a chocolate torte that was totally decadent. Never have I had a finer meal in my life.
I hope this is a tradition that you will continue for some time. I know that I will try my best to outbid the competition next year at the Cedarcrest PTSA Auction if you offer such a wonderful experience once again.
Cecelia Horkin, Carnation