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European flavors accent 'Tastes of Summer' event Friday

Guests at the "Tastes of Summer Uncorked" will get a whirlwind culinary tour of Europe with matching wines Friday.

Throw in live entertainment and a silent auction in classic art deco surroundings for $25, and the evening is a great deal that also benefits the local non-profit Mediation Center of Yavapai County.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hassayampa Inn's Marina room and rooftop in downtown Prescott.

Hassayampa Executive Chef Pedro Savilla will create hors d'oeuvres from France, Italy and Spain. Alliance Beverage Distributing will pair the food with six wines from the same regions.

"It will be a fine culinary adventure," Mediation Center Executive Director Darlene Dunning promised.

The appetizer menu includes everything from chorizo al Jerez to fried ravioli alla vodka.

The five courses of live entertainment will take place indoors and on the balcony, with Buddy Moeck's jazz, Doug and Jennifer Suits on keyboards and vocals, Aimie Heberlein on guitar and vocals, Claudia Floyd performing country music and Paula and Cliff Fuhst playing classical sounds.

The silent auction will feature more than 150 items, including a weekend in San Diego for two, a copper fountain, various rounds of golf, Diamondbacks baseball and Cardinals pro football tickets, spa visits, custom auto detail, barbecue grill and patio set. Final bids are due at 7:30 p.m.

People can buy the $25 tickets in advance at the Hassayampa Inn front desk. Some still might be available at the door Friday, but there is no guarantee because tickets are limited. People must be at least 21 years old to attend.

All proceeds benefit the non-profit Mediation Center, which offers affordable mediation and conflict resolution as an alternative to other options such as lawsuits.

The Mediation Center provides mediation for courts, individuals, businesses and classrooms, where students learn peer mediation. Some individuals qualify for free services through Community Legal Services and law enforcement agencies.

The center features a nine-member board and a membership that includes retired judges, college department heads, trained mediators and local attorneys.

For more information about the Tastes of Summer or the mediation services, call 777-0201.

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