Final touches are being put in place for the Noon Kiwanis Club's second annual Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting to be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 at LCF Memorial Park.
Once again, Mary Gant and Clyde Hemphill will chair the event that they promise will be even bigger and better than last year's, which drew more than 300 people.
"This is a definite win/win event when excellent food is paired with exceptional wines," said Daryl Gant, incoming president of the Noon Kiwanis Club. "I think that as community members gather on the green, they will not only have a great time, but the purchase of their ticket will fund many of the Kiwanis service projects, with a special emphasis on helping children."
Le Petite Vendome Wine & Spirits, situated in LCF and under the management of Lynn and Joe Tran, has been assisting in the wine selections and contacting vintners. Committee member also helping with the wine selections include Leslie Burns-Hemphill, sommelier; Allen Perry, Jr.; Joan Peters; Ed Selvig; and Jim Griffin of Golden State Wines.
Just some of the wineries represented at this year's tasting include Beringer Vine-yards, Fife Winery, Peachy Canyon Winery, Honig Winery, Walnut Crest, Turner Road and Koehler Winery of Santa Barbara. Wines from Spain, Italy, Chile and Australia will also be presented. Several boutique wineries located in the northern and central areas of California will be featured. Don Corbett, a club member and wine maker, will once again be offering wines from the Cellar Masters.
Sierra Madre Brewing Company will also make their second appearance at the event with an outstanding selection of fine brews.
Although the list is growing, just some of the food purveyors making presentations are Le Betulle Ristorante, Bric Montrose, Restaurant Halie, Divine Decadence Catering & Personal Chef Services, Cakery Bakery, Berolina Bakery, Arbor Crest Catering, Trader Joe's La Cañada, Taco Deli, Favorite Place and Dominick's Italian Restau-rant. Club members on the food committee include Sookie Matthews, Harriett Hammons, Pat Anderson and Don Corbett.
Carl Christiensen is chair of the site committee. He has carefully studied the slant of the sun and has changed the site layout to optimize the shade. In addition there will be colorful umbrellas strategically placed to keep attendees cooler. There will be chairs placed under the tree canopy, along with numerous cocktail tables.
Bob Wallace will be assisting with safety and Jim Ackland will be in charge of space assignment. New member Steve Hagerty is chairing the publicity department. All guests will receive a program booklet graphically designed by George Lutes. Karl John-son was in charge of the booklet ad sales.
Guests will be greeted by Pat Anderson's welcoming committee. Irene Christensen will arrange the flowers on the entry tables. Commemorative glasses and small food trays will be given to each guest.
Russ Turner's soft jazz trio will entertain guests as they sip wines and knosh on foods. Ken Goldman, a master wood carver, will display some of his museum quality art pieces.
Tickets for the event may be purchased at the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, 790-4289; Le Petite Vendome Wine & Spirits, 952-4084; and Topline Wine & Spirits 500-9670. For more information about the event, call 790-9901.