Don?t pass up Toast of the Town for Station Xtreme

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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This weekend, local leaders will be heating up the kitchen as they prepare dinner for community members. It?s all part of the 10th annual Toast of the Town wine tasting, art show and dinner. The night, which will take place with wine tasting from 4-6 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner, will be held Saturday at the Rocklin Sunset Center. The halls will transform into tasting venues showcasing varietals from more than 25 local wineries from all over the area including Loomis, Rocklin, Placerville, Auburn and Lodi. The main hall will be filled with white-linened tables where the 500 guests will sample some of the city leader?s cooking. Chefs for the affair include Mayor Scott Yuill, city councilmembers, school board members, Rocklin Unified Superintendent Kevin Brown, Rocklin Fire Chief Bill Mikesell and Rocklin Police Chief Mark Siemens among others. ?It?s a huge city potluck,? said Bill McEnroe, volunteer chairman for Toast of the Town. McEnroe has been assisting with the event since it?s start ? 10 years ago. All net proceeds from the event will go toward the city of Rocklin?s teen program Station Xtreme. Approximately $15,000 annually goes toward the program, which gives teens a place to congregate after school. Station Xtreme is located at both Rocklin middle schools and offers students activities such as pool, video games, sports and more. McEnroe said not only does the event raise funds for a good cause, but it also gives people a chance to try local wine and enjoy a meal cooked and served by fellow residents. The first two hours are devoted to sampling the area?s wines and tasting appetizers. ?A lot of them (attendees) are going to be tasting wines they haven?t tried before,? McEnroe said. It?s also an opportunity for attendees to get a taste of what it?s like to have dinner at leaders like the fire chief?s house. Each ?chef? will prepare small entrees for guests. Among the items on the menu include McEnroe?s Caribbean chicken prepared with a mango and papaya salsa. The night also showcases the work of approximately 10 local artists. McEnroe said their art will also be for sale. Items will also be up for auction, including a week-long stay in a two bedroom, two bath condo in Hawaii, a weekend stay in Napa, bottles of wine and a five-course dinner for eight paired with wine and cooked by McEnroe. ?It?s a fun event ? I don?t know of any other city where I can not only get the leaders of the city to come to the event, but work at the event and they want to work at the event,? McEnroe said. For more information on Toast of the Town, call 625-5200. Toast of the Town What: Wine tasting, dinner, art show and raffle When: Nov. 6 ? wine tasting from 4-6 p.m. followed by dinner from 6-8 p.m. Where: Sunset Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd. Information: 625-5200 Net proceeds go to the city of Rocklin Station Xtreme teen program