Big game hunter Fred McLaren, 71, and wife, Dawn, 68, along with their 4-year-old Maltipoo Shilo will host a dinner for lucky Chocolate Affair auction winners at their home in Shingle Springs. Village Life photos by Shelly Thorene


You’ll never forget A Chocolate Affair

By From page B10 | February 08, 2012

It is time for chocoholics to celebrate. A Chocolate Affair is Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Placerville are the sponsors of this delightful time of sampling chocolate goodies, other tasty treats and wine and beer. There is also the chance to win some wonderful and unique prizes.
The allure of chocolate has been the subject of study by many scientists and findings indicate there are chemical ingredients in chocolate that stimulate the brain and increase the activity of neurotransmitters producing good feelings.

While scientists are diligently working to isolate the specific chemicals that produce that feeling of wellbeing attendees at A Chocolate Affair can just enjoy that “chocolate feeling” and have fun at the annual event.

The fabulous foods will be provided by local restaurants, caterers, bakeries and chocolatiers. The wines and beers will be poured by the award-winning wineries and breweries of El Dorado County and many local businesses have donated a spectacular array of prizes.

One of the special items on the auction list is a safari dinner at a home in El Dorado County that houses a collection of wild game. Two separate tables of eight diners each will be served a four-course meal amidst gazelle, a rhinoceros, bears and other exotic animals.

Mike Inks, chef instructor at the Central Sierra Regional Occupational Program Culinary Arts, and his staff from the Culinary Arts ROP classes at El Dorado High School will be creating a meal reflecting the safari setting. Soroptimists from the Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills club will be the servers. Miraflores Winery will be pairing the wines for the sumptuous dinner. The exquisite dining experience will be arranged in March or April. To commemorate the evening there will be a photography corner set up for guests to snap a souvenir photo.

Another exceptional auction item is a ride with Julie Clark, member of the Aviation Hall of Fame.

Dave Bender, of Channel 13, will emcee the event.

Proceeds from the annual affair benefit women, children and families in the community. Helping Hands, Court Appointed Special Advocates, tot lot renovations, scholarships, citizenship awards, developmentally delayed awards, and other community projects are among the recipients of the funds raised at A Chocolate Affair.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, subject to availability.

Tickets are available at several locations throughout El Dorado County:

• Cameron Park: Cameron Park Health Foods, 3342 Coach Lane; Cameron Park Florist, 3300 Coach Lane, Suite 1A; Sierra Vista Bank 3311 Coach Lane; and Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce, 3300 Coach Lane, Suite B7.

• El Dorado Hills: California Welcome Center at 2085 Vine St., Suite 105; and Sandra D’s Fashion and Accessories 3941 Park Drive. Suite 60.

• El Dorado: Hartwick House, 6237 Pleasant Valley Road

• Placerville: 49er Federal Credit Union, 225 Placerville Drive; River City Bank, 348 Main St.; and Paint Spot, 1303 Broadway

• Diamond Springs: Windfall Classifieds, 624 Pleasant Valley Road

• Pollock Pines: Belle’s and Beau’s Salon, 6100 Pony Express Trail

Tickets may also be purchased by downloading an order form at or by calling (530) 344-1476.

Mimi Escabar


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