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Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch member Vonda Johnson pours Champagne for guests in the VIP tent.

Wine, food take spotlight in Lakewood Ranch fundraiser

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch member Vonda Johnson pours Champagne for guests in the VIP tent.

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Seth Powell and Austin Kelley grill up oysters for Half Shell Seafood House.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Seth Powell and Austin Kelley grill up oysters for Half Shell Seafood House.

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Jada Hallbeck, Amy Shuck, Christina Weger and Stephanie Consiglio, all of Lakewood Ranch, are ready to a day of tastings.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Jada Hallbeck, Amy Shuck, Christina Weger and Stephanie Consiglio, all of Lakewood Ranch, are ready to a day of tastings.

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Daniel Campana tastes an ethnic dish that reminds him of one his grandmother made.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Daniel Campana tastes an ethnic dish that reminds him of one his grandmother made.

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Lakewood Ranch's Charlene and Bob Schmitt are all smiles.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Lakewood Ranch's Charlene and Bob Schmitt are all smiles.

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Jim and Kathy Baker, of Lakewood Ranch, attend for the third year.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Jim and Kathy Baker, of Lakewood Ranch, attend for the third year.

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Clockwise from front left: Chelsea Chana, Julie Hendrix, Megan Zabikow, Katie Truxton and Alison Clough know each other through the Lakewood Ranch Moms Group.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Clockwise from front left: Chelsea Chana, Julie Hendrix, Megan Zabikow, Katie Truxton and Alison Clough know each other through the Lakewood Ranch Moms Group.

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Lakewood Ranch's Mary Boswell gets a plate of desserts from a vendor.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Lakewood Ranch's Mary Boswell gets a plate of desserts from a vendor.

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Mary and Larry Boswell, of Lakewood Ranch, say they enjoyed the oysters.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Mary and Larry Boswell, of Lakewood Ranch, say they enjoyed the oysters.

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Former Rotarians Jerry and Denise Hearn, of Tara Preserve, make sure to support the event.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Former Rotarians Jerry and Denise Hearn, of Tara Preserve, make sure to support the event.

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Kathy Goering, Deborah Ericson, Sharyl Smith, Patti Coit, Mary Clarke and Carol Law, of Bradenton, are ready for wine.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Kathy Goering, Deborah Ericson, Sharyl Smith, Patti Coit, Mary Clarke and Carol Law, of Bradenton, are ready for wine.

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The Capital Grille chef Kelvin Le serves up a lobster mac and cheese.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

The Capital Grille chef Kelvin Le serves up a lobster mac and cheese.

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Kevin and Susan Baird, of Lakewood Ranch, say they are impressed with the food samples.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Kevin and Susan Baird, of Lakewood Ranch, say they are impressed with the food samples.

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Tom Magliula and Robyn Erhardt, of Lakewood Ranch, sample tiramisu and other desserts.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Tom Magliula and Robyn Erhardt, of Lakewood Ranch, sample tiramisu and other desserts.

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"This is like heaven," says Kathy Wingfield as she fills her plate with dessert samples from Manatee Technical College's culinary program.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

"This is like heaven," says Kathy Wingfield as she fills her plate with dessert samples from Manatee Technical College's culinary program.

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Lynette Revel raves about desserts made by Manatee Technical College's culinary students. "The mousse is perfect," she says.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Lynette Revel raves about desserts made by Manatee Technical College's culinary students. "The mousse is perfect," she says.

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Joe Peters and Lissette Eckert, of Panther Ridge, met up with Todd and Christal Czaja, of GreyHawk Landing.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Joe Peters and Lissette Eckert, of Panther Ridge, met up with Todd and Christal Czaja, of GreyHawk Landing.

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Debbie Balle, of Palm Aire, tries a red blend wine. "Everything is delicious," she says.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Debbie Balle, of Palm Aire, tries a red blend wine. "Everything is delicious," she says.

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Carolina Caceres pours a Bodega Reserva de los Andes wine for Dragonfly Winery Corp.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Carolina Caceres pours a Bodega Reserva de los Andes wine for Dragonfly Winery Corp.

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Jenae Warren, of North Port, samples wine. Of the food, she likes the lobster.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Jenae Warren, of North Port, samples wine. Of the food, she likes the lobster.

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Wine Fest veteran Joan Fernandes, of Ellenton, brings her friend Lisa Butterick, of East County.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Wine Fest veteran Joan Fernandes, of Ellenton, brings her friend Lisa Butterick, of East County.

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Mark Collins, Jim Nilsson, Joan Nilsson and Pat Collins, of Country Club East, come together every year.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Mark Collins, Jim Nilsson, Joan Nilsson and Pat Collins, of Country Club East, come together every year.

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Gary McDermitt, formerly of Lakewood Ranch, pours a Coppola Directors Cut cabernet that gets rave reviews from patrons.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Gary McDermitt, formerly of Lakewood Ranch, pours a Coppola Directors Cut cabernet that gets rave reviews from patrons.

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Chip Hanley, Steve Hart, Silvia Sacalis and Beverly Adkins, of Lakewood Ranch, love a Coppola Directors Cut cabernet.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Chip Hanley, Steve Hart, Silvia Sacalis and Beverly Adkins, of Lakewood Ranch, love a Coppola Directors Cut cabernet.

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Brian Ehrlich and Mike Huyck, of Sarasota, focus on craft beer samples.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 |

Brian Ehrlich and Mike Huyck, of Sarasota, focus on craft beer samples.

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