Pinot noirs, cabernets, merlots — wine enthusiasts will have their choice Sunday, Sept. 26 at the 8th annual La Cañada Flintridge Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting event at Memorial Park.
Launched in 2002 as a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club, the tasting has expanded with four additional partners, including the Educational Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, The Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation and the wine and spirits shop, Le Petit Vendome. Last year, attendance and revenue exploded, said Mary Gant, a member of the Kiwanis Club and one of the founders of the event.
"Our first year attendance was probably a couple hundred at the most," Gant said. "And our income was $6,000. Since then, we have added a silent auction and we have partnered with Vendome. Now this is our major fundraiser. We now have about 800 people. And it is over $20,000 we bring in to help run our foundation."