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The St. Croix Art & Culinary Show held Sunday, April 27, at Ready Randy’s exemplified the very best of New Richmond.

More than 300 people attended this year’s event, which was the biggest one in its nine-year history, according to event organizer JoAnn Wrich of the New Richmond Rotary Club.

This premiere local event showcases food from local chefs and artwork from local artists in a way you might see in a bigger metropolitan city.

Servers emerge from the kitchen every so often with trays full of sample-sized culinary creations from local chefs while event attendees mingle and sip wine while viewing artwork by local artists.

Among the samples were wonderful popovers with honey butter from the Laurel Supper Club, red pepper hummus with tortilla chips from Roosters Roadhouse and Asian glazed beef tenderloin with garlic mashed potatoes from Ready Randy’s. Even The Deerfield senior living complex got into the act with a nice tiramisu.

On the art side of things, Jenna Wojan showed off her mixed media collage artwork, and she even created one on-site during the show. Judy (Hostvet) Paulson, who also works with mixed media auctioned off a gorgeous brightly colored paper collage during the show.

Not only food, beverage and art showcased at the event, but generosity was as well.

The show raised more than $20,000 that the New Richmond Rotary Club will use for its STRIVE program that provides scholarships to students who dedicate themselves to working hard their senior year to improve their grade point average by at least 0.5 points.

Last year, the event raised just over $11,000.

Recent events like this one, the Empty Bowls event and the New Richmond Fire & Rescue Chili Cook-off underscore how much people in this community care for their neighbors.