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Serving up food, wine and fun

Town Center hosts 16th annual Rotary fundraiser
By: Penne Usher Telegraph Correspondent
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Food, wine and friends came together under sunny skies and the shade of olive trees Saturday for the 16th annual Wine at Town Center. The Rotary clubs of Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills sponsored the event created as an opportunity to showcase wineries, breweries and local restaurants from El Dorado, Amador and San Joaquin counties. White cloth covered tables lined the promenade along the lakes of Town Center, each offering specialty food samples or adult libations. Several area wineries were on hand including Amador Cellars, Bray Vineyards, Clos Saron and Deaver Vineyards. Cielo Estate Winery in Shingle Springs has been in business a little more than a month and offered several wines including owner John Quiroz’s top choices, a Cab Franc and Magnifique. “These two are good wines, but our wines are great,” he said. The cuisine offerings were varied and abundant at the crowded event. Among the restaurants present were Bistro 33, Fortune Garden Chinese Restaurant, Nugget Markets and Henry’s Restaurant from Red Hawk Casino. Rick Walsh, of Roseville, attends each year with friends Art and Helen Cort, of the Cameron Park Rotary Club. “We have fun and really enjoy the event,” he said. “It seems like it’s getting better and better.” Walsh said he enjoys the community atmosphere of the event. “It has a walking marketplace feel and it’s cool in that respect,” Walsh said. Jennifer Hinrichsen, of Sacramento, enjoyed her food samplings from the Nugget Market. She noshed on watermelon salad with red onion, balsamic vinegar and mint alongside Thai chicken. “It’s very good,” she said. Hundreds attend the wine and food affair each year. This year Kathy Witherow, of the El Dorado Hills Rotary and co-chair of the event, said she expected about 600 — down from 850 during the first year it was held at Town Center. The Rotary Clubs of Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills sponsor local programs that benefit the community including the Jeff Mitchell Memorial Ball Field in El Dorado Hills. The event was rescheduled to June 25 after it was rained out earlier in the month.