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Sample fine wine and food at Toast of the Town

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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Imagine some of Rocklin’s leaders serving up dinner to hundreds of residents. Now imagine tasting wine from more than 25 local wineries without moving more than a few feet. For those that already have their tickets to this year’s Toast of the Town event held Nov. 7, they don’t have to imagine it. In fact, it’s how their Saturday evening will be spent. The preparation that goes into the event includes gathering local leaders to agree to act as “chefs” for the night, preparing a small entrée, enough to serve 40 to 50 people. This year’s “chef” lineup includes Mayor Peter Hill and Rocklin City Council members, Kevin Brown, the Rocklin Unified School District superintendent, Police Chief Mark Siemens and representation from the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce and other city groups and organizations, said Bill McEnroe, the volunteer chairman for Toast of the Town. Wine will be sampled from wineries such as Frog’s Tooth Vineyards, Nine Gables Vineyard and Winery and other local wines. And dessert will be catered by eateries like Icing on the Cupcake, Bistro 33, Rubino’s Ristorante, Johnny Garlic’s and more. But it’s not all about the food and drink. For about two weeks Donald Macdonald has been duplicating the Presidents of the U.S. seal onto a chair back as one of the new auction items that will benefit the city’s performing arts. A group of artists were asked to decorate a chair that will go up for auction at the ninth annual event, each with its own theme. Macdonald, vice president of the Rocklin Fine Arts Association, said his chair was modeled after President John F. Kennedy whose rocking chair adorned the presidential seal. His acryclic rendition, full of detail and with “magnificent colors,” is one of Macdonald’s art that will be on display at the event. He will also have three to four other pieces of art up for sale, along with about 10 other Rocklin artists. McEnroe said the event averages a net profit of $14,000 to $16,000 that goes toward Station Xtreme, a teen after school program through the city. About 500 people typically attend Toast of the Town and this year’s event is already sold out, McEnroe said. “It’s very, very well-received,” McEnroe said. “That’s why we sell out every year. People really enjoy it.” 9th annual Toast of the Town – wine tasting/ dinner What: More than a dozen wineries, local “chefs” prepare and serve food to guests When: beginning at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 Where: Sunset Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd. Tickets: $50 per person (must be 21 years or older)