Chocolate, wine and roses are all the sweeter when they are helping othersProject MANA and the Tahoe SAFE Alliance receive the benefit Saturday, Nov. 5, from the 23rd Chocolate, Wine and Roses Festival.
Held in the Chateau at Incline Village, funds raised at the event will help those community members in need of food and a safe environment.
The Rat Pack is this year's theme.
During the late 1950s into the mid-'60s, world-class entertainers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and others created a cool and carefree attitude. Everyone from presidents to car mechanics fell under the Pack's spell.
Get into the swing of things with slicked-back or bouffant hairdos. A narrow tie held with a clip, and a chiffon outfit complete with pearls and gloves will complete the look, and the Frank Sinatra Tribute Band will provide the tunes.
The main event is the food and wine.
While most of the menu is being kept a secret until the event, its coordinator, Dawn Harris, assures, "This is an opportunity for people to be really creative."
Taste buds will first be tempted by an array of appetizers prepared by the Chateau's staff. Items like clams casino, full of toasted breadcrumbs and crumbled spikes of bacon, and smoked salmon atop toast points and served with creme fraîche are just two of the enticing edibles.
Expect to go on gastronomic overload when the culinary talents from area businesses display their chocolatiering talents.
One such cupcake liquor assortment will include the smooth bourbon taste of Jack Daniels among other spirited ingredients.
Those donating their time and products are the Sunnyside Restaurant and Jake's on the Lake, the Wild Goose Restaurant and Big Water Grill as well as the Ritz-Carlton, Mr. Z's Chocolate, Dorinda's Chocolate Cafe and the Hyatt Regency.
"I love giving back to the community, especially when I can share my love of chocolate with others," Dorinda Vance said.
Vance, whose Truckee shop has become a local favorite, began her candied career as a preteen by dipping cherries into chocolate.
Chocolate and wine remain one of life's best pairings.
One supporter donated a rare first vine Chardonnay to be served at the event. Lucchesi Vineyards and Helwig Winery from Nevada and Amador counties will make a return visit.
Joe Shebl, Helwig's General Manager is happy to support the two in one event.
"We will be pouring our Sea of Grapes Zin, Sauvignon Blanc (fermented in stainless steel) along with our Cooper Vineyard Barbera and East Block Zinfandel," Shebl said.
Among Lucchesi's wines being poured will be a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and red port.
Port from the distributor Chambers/Chambers also will enhance the chocolate experience, as will the sparkling wine of Korbet.
Truckee River Winery and Tahoe Ridge have long supported the event during its 23-year history. Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards are making their first appearance.
A live and silent auction will complete the evening's fun and help fund the 24-hour helpline, the Mountain Rose Safe House and distribution of food among the community.