Reds, Whites & Desserts, the major fundraiser for the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, is going green in 2013, as volunteers put the final touches on the 16th annual event that showcases local wine and food purveyors and features whimsically themed auction packages.
More than 300 guests are expected to attend the event from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center, 10561 Sawmill Parkway.
Green decor and earth-friendly themes for auction packages are among the ways chamber volunteers will transform the banquet center into a backdrop for wine-tasting stations, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, fancy desserts, a coffee station and silent-auction packages.
Guests will sample 34 wines presented by Cameron's American Bistro, House Wine, J. Liu Restaurant & Bar, Kroger Fresh Fare, La Chatelaine, Rivage Atlantique, Signature Wines and ASPN Co., owners of Chateau Wine & Spirits, Northwest Wine & Spirits, Sharon Square Wine Shop and Two Brothers Wine & Spirits. In keeping with the green theme, some of the wine presenters have chosen organic wines to sample.
Baked desserts donated by chamber member bakeries, restaurants and caterers will be available for sampling and for the silent auction. Coffees will be provided by the Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center.
Among the hors d'oeuvres will be a chef-attended carving station, green vegetable "shooters," cheese boards, crab cakes and a green martini glass bar at which guests top spinach tortelli with pesto sauce toppings.
Partygoers will "shop" as they sip and savor, bidding on 65 themed silent-auction baskets and four live-auction packages that offer weekend excursions and romantic overnight getaways, jewelry, theater tickets, hotel and restaurant gift certificates, golf packages, sports tickets and hundreds of other valuable products and services.
Worthington Jewelers has continued its tradition of designing a custom-made donation of jewelry with precious gems, this year creating a pendant and earring set of emeralds, diamonds and yellow gold that retails at more than $5,000.
Coach Quarters has contributed an out-of-town excursion for 18 in a luxury motor coach, and B&C Blacktop Sealing Co. returns with its donation of $1,500 of paving services. A Lake Erie fishing excursion from Fire Escape Charters will return as one of the live-auction items.
Reservations, $55 per person, still are available and may be made by calling 614-888-3040 or going online at worthingtonchamber.org. A cocktail dress and dressy business attire are appropriate for the event.
Major sponsors of the event are Anthony Lordo, D.D.S.; B&C Blacktop Sealing Co.; Worthington Jewelers; and Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center.
Wine-station sponsors committed at press time include Craig W. Bringman Co., LPA and Insurance Agencies of Ohio; Brookdale Senior Living and The Maurer Group; Dayton Precision Services; The Guernsey Bank; Huntington National Bank; The Rite Bite; and Tilton's Automotive Service.
Patron sponsors committed at press time include The Laurels of Norworth and The Laurels of Worthington and Next Day Signs. Diamond Innovations is a friend sponsor.