The Valley Line: Now’s the time to buy tickets for the annual Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting in Memorial Park

If you haven’t already marked your calendar for the Kiwanis Club’s upcoming 15th Annual Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting and Premium Wine Auction, I encourage you to do it today.

This year’s extravaganza of delicious food bites and a wide variety of wine selections from around the world will take place Sunday, Sept. 24, in La Cañada’s Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. and this event is for adults 21 and older, so hire a sitter for the kiddies and join the fun!

In addition to the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, the event is presented by the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Rosso Wine Shop.

If you purchase your tickets in advance, they’re just $50 each. They’ll also be sold at the check-in area on arrival Sept. 24, at $60 each. For tickets and more information, call (818) 790-9901 or visit


The Oakmont League of Glendale had a gathering of league members, their spouses, assorted friends and granddaughters at the La Cañada Flintridge home of Nina and Larry Ratliff.

The group calls the event their “In-and-Out” party because they say farewell to previous board members and welcome the incoming board.

Nina, who wears an apron in the kitchen superbly because she loves to cook, dreamed up and prepared the menu for the guests. Her husband Larry is a master with marinades and hovering over the hot grill turning out succulent cuts of meats.

A big attraction at the Ratliff home and the talk of the night was a fiberglass full-size replica of a black-and-white Holstein cow that lounges in the backyard. Her name is Patches and she was a surprise Mother’s Day gift from their son Stephen. Everyone at the party had to have a little chat with Patches before the evening slipped away.

Getting back to the menu of the evening, there was a wide array of appetizers, an Asian noodle salad along with a mixed green salad with fresh peaches, heirloom tomatoes and gorgonzola cheese. Hot off the grill was Larry’s tenderloin filet. Topping off the dinner was a beautiful peach whipped cream cake and assorted cookies.

Among those attending were Barbara and Les McCullough, Donna and Frank Sauer, Cathy and Alan Steel and their granddaughter Abigail, Pam and Ian Spiszman, Pam and Keith Sorem, Judy and Joe Mendicina, Sharon Swinford, Chloe Ross, Carol Eldred, League President Lydia Trout and her husband Brook and their granddaughter Isabel, who was visiting from her home in Turkey, and Julie Budimir.

JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada Flintridge social scene. Email her at with news of your special event.

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