Attendance up at Savor the Flavor |

Attendance up at Savor the Flavor

by Caryn Haller
Nearly 300 people packed Saturday's Savor the Flavor fundraiser for Carson Valley Soroptimists at Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

The winners of last year’s Megabucks pulls and barrel of booze returned Saturday night to try their luck again.

The 18th annual Savor the Flavor at Carson Valley Inn treated close to 300 guests to a variety of beer, wine and food.

“If I win I’m going to have another party like last year when I won the barrel of booze,” Minden resident Chris Griffith said as he entered the Megabucks raffle. “We had a party on St. Paddy’s Day. It’s my birthday.”

Gardnerville resident Erin Davidson won $300 with her 100 pulls on the Megabucks machine last year.

“It was awesome,” she said. “I’m going to enter again.”

Brian and Valerie Osgood of Gardnerville have been attending the Soroptimist fundraiser since the first one in 1995.

“We’ve come most every year. I enjoy getting to see friends,” Valerie said. “And trying the wines. There’s nothing worse than buying a bottle of wine, getting it home and hating it.”

Valerie’s favorite wine of the night was Cigar Vin.

“It’s not too dry with a little bit of sweetness to it,” she said.

Douglas High Culinary Arts Instructor Kerry Stack was enjoying her first Savor the Flavor event.

“It’s a great opportunity to see what’s in the community and help Soroptimist,” she said. “The food is delicious so far.”

Remax Realtor Ginger Easley used the event for a girls night out.

“We’ve got about eight or nine of us here,” Easley said. “We’re having a good time. It’s a good excuse to get out of the house.”

Minden resident Gina Zink bid on several of the silent auction items.

“This is great. I love it. It’s my first time here,” she said. “The items are great. There is a lot of choices and a lot of variety.”

Soroptimist member Desiree Cowden said the number of tickets sold this year was impressive.

She credited the attendance to a VIP and sponsorship room where for an extra fee wine lovers received a private tasting from Plumpjack Winery. She also said the location helped as well.

“We decided to move it into town,” Cowden said. “If guests want to get a room, they can get a room. If they want a taxi, they can get a taxi.”

Proceeds from Savor the Flavor benefit women and children in the community.