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Celebrity Chef Showdown Cooks Up Funds For Soroptimists

VIPSoroptimisttrophyA gastronomic showdown will be waged October 15 to crown a new (or possibly returning) Celebrity Chef of the Santa Clarita Valley. Three of the town’s most prestigious chefs will compete for the bragging rights and a unique trophy at this event, including defending champion Daniel Otto of TPC, Robinson Ranch’s Efren Gonzalez and Rolf Rothen of the Hyatt Valencia Vines Restaurant.


The audience for this competition is exclusively limited to sponsors of the Wine Affair, presented by Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley.   The title sponsors are Cheri and Don Fleming of Valencia Acura. Other sponsors include Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Atkins Environmental, Borders7, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, and Yoga Works.  There’s still room at the table, so make your sponsorship reservations ASAP, as it’s limited to 100 guests

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“We are giving our chefs an even more challenging event this year” said event chair Jo Ann Vindigni.  “There will be a secret ingredient… how will these great chefs pair it with the delicious library wines being poured by Robert Schwartz, John Geraci, and Steven Elzer?”

Sponsors also receive tickets to The 4th Annual Wine Affair … “Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds” which will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. the following day along Town Center Drive and The Patios in the Westfield Town Center in Valencia.

Restaurants, retailers and wine stores on Town Center Drive and The Patios will be participating, including The Vines at the Hyatt, Salt Creek Grille, Valencia Wine Company, La Via Bella, Pottery Barn, White House Black Market, J. David Clothiers, RoMa Jewelers, Roman Holiday and William Sonoma.

Each venue will feature wine, food, and musical entertainment.

A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, and the new HMNMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Wine Affair Tickets are available:  $40 in advance; $50 after October 9.  This event is limited to participants ages 21 and over.  Tickets and sponsorships are available on-line at  For more information, contact Jo Ann Vindigni at 661-313-9119, email

To learn about how Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley, a 501c (3) charitable organization for business and professional women) that improves the lives of women and girls locally and around the world, call Sue Reynolds at 661-702-1345.


Celebrity Chef Showdown Cooks Up Funds For Soroptimists

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