An Elegant Affair: A time-honored tradition in North Tahoe |

An Elegant Affair: A time-honored tradition in North Tahoe

Peter Paine sampled wine that Samantha Kasper was pouring.

Time-honored traditions are something you just can’t cut back on, no matter what the economic down turn mandates. The “Elegant Affair,” now in its 32nd year, is one such tradition. Held last Friday night at the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City, this fundraising event for the North Tahoe Booster Club raised much needed funds for athletic programs to benefit North Tahoe middle and high schools.

More than 350 elegantly attired individuals attended the event which traditionally marks the opening North Tahoe’s holiday season. Two floors dotted with food and wine stations had guests swirling around the lakefront mall to stop, taste, sip and mingle.

Everyone seemed to really relish the opportunity to climb out of their everyday Tahoe casual clothing, slip into something smashing, and look like a million bucks (something everyone could use). Joanne Mathis was the very lucky winner of the wheelbarrow full of exquisite bottles of wine. Co-chairs Nina Rogers and John Crawford executed another wonderful event which also included a silent auction. Cindy “B” Robbins and Jeff “Ox” Oxandaboure did a top-notch job organizing the restaurants and wineries which included Sunnyside, Blue Agave, Jake’s on the Lake, Caliente, Coffee Connexion, Evergreen, Fat Cat Cafe, GarWoods, Mamasake, Riva Grill, PlumpJacks, Moody’s Bistro, River Grill, River Ranch, Sawtooth Cafe, Sol Y Lago, Crest Cafe, Soule Domain, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique, West Shore Cafe, Altamura , Rodney Strong, Flowers, Freemark Abbey, Rombauer, Morgan, Justin, Miner, and Truckee River, Silkwood, and Kelham Wineries.

Seen at the elegant event were big Booster supporter David “Johnny B. Good” Rutter and wife Vicki, Cathy and Skylo Dangler, Deborah and Steve Lapkin, Steve Topal, Lynn and Gary Redelberger, Jan and John Corda, Lisa Dobey, Zari Mansouri, Lisa Arnbrister and Steve Saisi, Sue and Troy Caldwell, Linda Whitham, Rocket Bertoli, Peter Paine, Nanci Davis, Kathleen and Douglas Dale, Chris and Lou Basile, Ham Rogers, Sandra Carter and Todd Mather, Heidi Shaughnessy, Jennifer Rich Courcier, Colleen and Brad Barchus, Jo and Jim Smith, Anna and John Capello, Cathy and Steve Swigard, Samantha and Jeff Swigard, Carol and Bernie Atkinson, Cindy Gustafson and Wally Auerbach, DeeDee Driller, Benita and Greg Tiller, Rhonda Evans, Linda Tripp and Mitch Packard, Eloise and Slater Cahill, and Jimalou and Gary Davis.

” Vicki can be e-mailed at

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