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Chocolate Wasted

Chocolate and Wine Festival

I wanted to write this over the weekend, but the 2-year-old has taken over our house, and this morning is the only time I have.

For Mrs. Brown’s birthday this past Saturday, I took her to the annual Chocolate & Wine Festival sponsored by the Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation.  Everyone who knows my wife even a little bit knows that this event had her name written all over it.  Not only does she love chocolate and wine (like almost all women), but she also loves chocolate wine.  And with the word festival, there was no doubt we were in for a unique type of celebration.


The entire event was a fundraising event for the Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation and it also included a silent auction as well as a live auction.  There were all types of unique items at the auction including the following:

  • gift cards for all types of stores and restaurants
  • the steel bracelet Hamilton Jazzmaster watch featured by Bruce Willis in “A Good Day to Die Hard” (around $1200)
  • an autographed and framed Magic Johnson jersey (which finally sold for $500)
  • a framed drawing of superheroes from the Marvel Universe signed by Stan Lee (this was the item I started a bidding war on.  I finally gave up when it reached $300).
  • the Kenny G package (starting at $1000, the winner will receive his latest CD, a signed saxophone, lunch with Kenny G at his home in Thousand Oaks, and a private round of golf with the musician at the Sherwood Country Club).
  • an amazing culinary adventure for two to Le Cordon Blue in Paris, France (bidding starting at $13,000)

I ended up winning a basketball signed by Caron Butler.  I needed to complete my obscure Clippers trifecta (besides the Caron Butler basketball, I also have a Clippers hat signed by Elton Brand, and a basketball signed by Sean Rooks).

But, by far, the highlight of the evening was the food and wine.  Everyone in attendance got to sample the chocolates and wines from all the chefs and wineries competing in this year’s event.


We just returned from a great trip at Mrs. Brown’s favorite resort (Mandalay Bay in Vegas) and this chocolate and wine festival was a great way to end her birthday evening. (And a rep from the San Antonio Winery gave her a complimentary bottle of her favorite chocolate wine.)   My wife completely enjoyed herself…and so did I.





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