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Rocklin Chamber hosts Wine, Women & Shoes

It's a girly good time
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Placer Herald editor
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Slip on your stilettos – Wine, Women & Shoes kicks up its heels Oct. 20 at the Roseville Galleria.

The Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce event is “kind of a twist on a wine-tasting and food-pairing event,” according to Julie Reyes, senior sales director and event planner for the chamber. “It’s where you can just hang out with your girlfriends, shop and have a great time, see some fashions.”

Wine, Women & Shoes is a national event series hosted by local organizations. Guests can taste wine from local vintners, sample gourmet food from area restaurants and peruse a fashion marketplace that will sell more than 2,000 pairs of shoes, along with handbags, accessories and jewelry. Macy’s will host a fashion show, as well.

Participating wineries include Ciotti Cellars, Bonitata Boutique Wine, Cante Ao Vinho and Casque Wines. Culinary selections will come from The Chef’s Table, Icing on the Cupcake, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Rubino’s Ristorante, among others.

“We’re always looking to do unique things,” said Robin Trimble, chamber CEO. “One of our strengths at the chamber is we look at our events every year and we look at how we can do things better and different, and be innovative.”

Along with being a fundraiser for the chamber, Wine, Women & Shoes will raise money for the Keaton Raphael Memorial, a Roseville-based charity that supports children with cancer and their families by providing emotional, educational and financial support, along with increasing cancer awareness and funding research.

Another fun element of Wine, Women & Shoes will be the “shoe guys,” local male celebrities who will escort women into the event, pour wine, introduce at the fashion show and display shoes on silver platters. Rocklin “shoe guys” include Police Chief Ron Lawrence and City Council member Scott Yuill.

Among many participating fashion merchants is Lady Dragonfly of Rocklin, joining several boutiques, including Carte Jewelers, Suzie O’s Handbags, Trooyu Boots and Bellissima Boutique. Katie LaFitte, owner of Lady Dragonfly, said this event is a perfect fit for her business, a mobile boutique that travels to private parties to sell clothes, shoes and accessories.

“Our style is very unique,” LaFitte said. “We always try to be fashion-forward, meaning we like to bring it to the area before any of the other department stores or even boutiques.”

Lady Dragonfly and the other merchants and wineries have donated items to the Key to the Closet competition, a drawing in which one of 100 people who bought a $100 ticket will win a closetful of $10,000 worth of clothes, accessories and more.

“It’s every woman’s dream of a closet,” Reyes said.

LaFitte praised the Rocklin chamber for hosting its first-ever Wine, Women & Shoes, saying that not only is it a great fundraiser for the chamber and fighting children’s cancer, it’s also an excellent opportunity for women to spend a fun afternoon together.

“The proceeds are going to a great cause, and I love giving back to the community,” she said. “I like the event because it focuses on bringing women together in a really fun environment … everybody’s having fun, drinking wine, and I just love the idea.”

Reach Krissi Khokhobashvili at krissik@goldcountrymedia.

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Wine, Women & Shoes

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

Where: Westfield Galleria, 1151 Galleria Blvd., Roseville (lower level, in the central court)

Cost: $75 (VIP $150; VIP package $250, includes special wine glass, VIP seating and champagne at fashion show, Key to the Closet raffle ticket and a chance to win a diamond, sapphire or ruby)

Info: 624-2548, extension 201; julie@rocklinchamber.com; www.winewomenandshoes.com/rocklin2012