Gourmet food, wine for every type of tastebud

The Kiwanis Noon Club of La Cañada Flintridge, the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation present the seventh annual La Cañada Flintridge Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 at La Cañada Memorial Park.

Proceeds from the event will go toward various Kiwanis charitable efforts at the local and international levels. The local chamber of commerce will be partnering as major sponsors, using this event as their major fundraiser this year, said LCF Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Pat Anderson.

“It’s a very nice time for the community to come together,” said Anderson. “I see a lot of people saying to their neighbors, ‘Oh, I haven’t seen you in a long time. It’s just a real positive thing for our community.”

More than 90 wines and 20 beers from Le Petit Vendome in La Cañada will be featured, as well as a silent auction, live music and food from over 27 La Cañada restaurants and gourmet food caterers, including Star Cafe in Montrose, Hill Street Cafe in La Cañada, El Cholo in Pasadena and New Moon in Glendale, according to Kiwanis Club board member and Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting co-founder and co-director Mary Gant.

Claud Beltran of the new Pasadena restaurant Noir Food & Wine, and Roger Frey of Frank’s Famous Kitchen in Glendale, will be among the “celebrities” attending the tasting, said Gant. Other guests include Lori Corbin, “The Food Coach” at Channel 7 KABC-TV; and Lynn Tran, owner and manager of Le Petit Vendome.

The idea for such a wine and gourmet food tasting stemmed from a visit Gant and husband, Darayl, paid to Mill Valley in Northern California, where a similar event is held, featuring “exquisite wines and delectable tidbits brought in by gourmet food vendors from all over California ...,” according to its website. Gant expects about 800 people to attend the La Cañada event, “even with the downturn in the economy,” she said.

“The community reaction was very positive when we first started this,” said Gant. “Of course, not having had it before, the first year was a bit of a struggle, but the Kiwanis Club was behind us 100%.”

The tasting is a community event, said Gant. The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation will be holding its own fundraising efforts within the main tasting event to raise money in support of the local schools. The Foundation will hold a silent wine auction and a live wine auction.

This year marks the second year that Aviani Jewelers is participating. The store will be auctioning of a 24-karat white gold pendant with green amethyst and diamonds.“We just want exposure, and we want to help out,” said Ani Babayan, co-owner of Aviani Jewelers in La Cañada

The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge will be providing child care.

Tickets are $50 pre-sale, and $60 the day of the event.

For more information or for tickets, call the LCF Chamber of Commerce at (818) 790-4289 or visit www.lacanadakiwanis.org and click on “Events.”


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