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A Passion For Wine

The Wine Brats raise funds for LA Works

By Dena Burroughs
Published on LatinoLA: August 26, 2002

A Passion For Wine

Teresa Gordon, founder of the 'Tease by Teresa salsa clothing line, invited me to attend the 'Chefs Without Hats LA Tour Stop' recently at the Key Club in West Hollywood. (See my article on Teresa's fashions at'story=344)

It took me forever to get to The Key Club from Azusa where I live, but I am glad I made it. It turned out to be a quite pleasant night of wine tasting, cooking demos, fashion, dancing and music.

The 'Chefs Without Hats LA Tour Stop' was the result of The Key Club -- which by the way is a very nice and trendy club -- teaming with The Wine Brats and Food and Wine magazine to present eight rising LA chefs and over 20 international and local wineries in support of LA Works.

The Wine Brats is a non-profit organization composed by a group of wine enthusiasts who enjoy sharing their passion for wine. They meet socially and organize events to attract those who may be interested in learning more about, and enjoying, wine. Anyone in Los Angeles can join them, free of charge, by following the instructions at I am proud to announce that I am now officially a Wine Brat myself! For anyone outside of L.A., 'The Wine Brats' have chapters in many parts of the States. A complete list of the chapters can be found at'WebPage_ID=16&DID=30.

Their event had a seemingly endless supply of wines and champagnes available for tasting. I tasted a few red wines, but after a while stuck to the Korbell Natural and Rose champagnes that I so enjoy! After a while, the cooking demos concluded and the fashion show started. Teresa's designs looked fabulous on the dancers, and the clothing, the dance routines and the music were all enjoyed and admired by the event attendees.

The most purposeful part of the evening was the Big Bottle Silent Auction, which was to benefit LA Works, a nonprofit group that provides community service organizations with access to volunteer labor and other resources in their efforts to improve the quality of life in our community.

This group was founded in 1991 by a group of concerned citizens from the Entertainment, Business and Government sectors and it offers people a variety of community projects in which they can participate in a short or long term basis. The LA Works website has a list by month of the projects available, which include projects such as cleaning our beaches and rivers, creating community gardens, beautifying public schools, delivering food, and more. It is a fantastic way for any of us to be of help. Check it out at

I was very pleased to be part of an event that was not only fun and classy (and tasty!) but that also had such a commendable goal. It is good to know that there are so many out there interested in reaching out and helping the community.

More power to The Wine Brats and to the LA Works group on their endeavors, and congratulations to my friend Teresa for yet another fantastic showcase!

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