Sensible shoes and traditional, luncheon- with-the-ladies demeanor were about as rare as plaid flamingos Saturday at the party at Chalk Hill winery that freed about 400 women to kick up their heels while contributing richly to a healthier community.
This was Wine, Women & Shoes, a sassy and splashy and playful midday frolic that helps to sustain Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County. Specifically, the dollars raised will benefit the Healdsburg District Hospital, community health and dental clinics, school health programs and a healthful lecture series. Many women arrived in their most bodacious shoes. To start things off, they perused an alluring marketplace.
They mingled and tasted wines donated by 16 wineries and complemented by gourmet bites by culinary masters from Catelli’s, Mateo’s Cocina Latina, Dry Creek Kitchen, Agave, Spinster Sisters and Bellwether Farms.
And there was shopping at the marketplace’s accessories shops, and posing in the photo booth.
Everyone moved to the tables arranged near a stage for the luncheon, prepared by Catelli’s and young people receiving training in WOW, the Worth Our Weight culinary apprentice program.
The north county region’s versatile advocate on the Board of Supervisors, Mike McGuire, took the stage as auctioneer/ comic. He supercharged the bidding by noting that Pete and Terri Kight of Quivira Vineyards would match every dollar bid, up to $100,000.