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A VIP night for the Wine Affair

Nonprofit: Daniel Otto earns second title of Santa Clarita Valley Top Chef

Posted: October 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Left to right, host Marshall Hann, Shari Frazier and Lil Lepore.

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The secret ingredients were chilies, and the spicy food earned a repeat win for Executive Chef Daniel Otto of Tournament Players Club.

The VIP Wine Affair Sponsor Reception, held Saturday at the home of G. Marshall and Shelley Hann, pitted Otto against Executive Chef Rolf Rothen of the Hyatt Regency’s The Vines Restaurant and Efren Gonzalez of Robinson Ranch Golf Club.

Otto’s braised wild boar atop a bed of mashed potatoes with strawberries and chilies bested Rothen’s “surf and turf” quesadilla and several spicy offerings from Gonzalez.

“It feels amazing,” said Otto on his second consecutive win.

Rothen finished second in the friendly competition for SCV Top Chef.

Gonzalez used locally sourced ingredients for his creations.

“Everything you see here is sourced from the Santa Clarita Valley,” Gonzalez said.

“It’s so exciting that we have a rematch between the three top chefs from last year’s event,” said Shelley Hann. “My husband  and I are so pleased to be able to open our home for this event.”

The VIP event was held exclusively for sponsors and VIPs of the Soroptimist International of Greater SCV Wine Affair event, held Sunday in Valencia.

“This is such a unique event,” said Cheri Fleming, secretary/treasurer for the national board of Soroptimist International of the Americas. “We have celebrity chefs, great wines and friends. We all love to eat, drink and be merry, and it’s for a wonderful cause to improve the lives of women and girls.”

Proceeds from the Wine Affair will benefit the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, and the new Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.

Among the attendees were actress Kristy Swanson and her husband, Lloyd Eisler, an Olympic bronze medalist.

“In these tough economic times the generosity of people never ceases to amaze me,” said Eisler.

Library wines from several private collections and vintners were poured to pair with the food.

Among those who provided the wine at the VIP night were Robert Schwartz, John Geraci, Steve Hemet, H.K. Hedlund and Steve Elzer.

Event chairwoman Jo Ann Vindigni said she was pleased by all the support given to the event.

“We so appreciate your support, without your support this event would not be possible,” Vindigni said. “I cannot thank you enough.”

For more information about Soroptimist International of Greater SCV visit


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