Craig Martin Experience to Play at Kiwanis ‘Autumn in Provence’ Wine Dinner


The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is hosting its first wine dinner fundraiser.

The event is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave.

“Autumn in Provence” is the theme for the wine dinner.

Included in the elegant event is a five-course gourmet meal, which will feature paired french wines selected by Dixie Girl co-owner Jake Smith to uniquely match each course.

Jazz music will be provided by the Craig Martin Experience (CME). Craig Martin said “CME will be swingin’ and groovin’, plus we’ll be featuring the jazz vocals of Layne Mills on old standards and some modern surprises.”  

“Autumn in Provence” Menu:

1st Course –  Lobster bisque, sourdough croutons,  creme fraiche drizzle. 

2nd Course –  Apple Enduie candied walnut salad with maytag blue cheese and honey cider vinaigrette.

3rd Course – Tomato Gruyere Tart.

4th Course – Choice of Braised short ribs with fennel mashed potatoes and molasses glazed baby carrots or Linguini shrimp and scallop provençal.

5th Course – Chocolate pots de creme or poached pear raspberry strudel. 

Reservations are required as space is limited to 150 people. The cost is $100 per person. To reserve seats for this “not to be missed” event, call Karen Kendall at 412-3793 or Kristy Ortega at 412-9054.

The “Autumn in Provence” Wine Dinner is an opportunity to enjoy an elegant dinner, great French wine, beautiful music and great company.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is sponsoring this fundraiser to help support its community service projects and scholarships.

A partial list of projects shows the wide range of Kiwanis accomplishments in Los Alamos in the club’s first 60 years: 

  • Kiwanis sponsored Pierotti’s Clowns, a five-man softball team that raised more than $200,000 for charity and won so many games that Sports Illustrated once featured the team on its front page.
  • Kiwanis started Little League in Los Alamos.
  • Kiwanis sponsored the organization of Los Alamos County’s Chamber of Commerce.
  • Kiwanians played the major role in building Entry Park (at the eastern edge of Los Alamos) and Dinosaur Park (on Barranca Mesa.) They were also leaders in the renovation of Rover Park in White Rock.
  • Kiwanis organized and continues to support Los Alamos High School’s Key Club, a Kiwanis service organization for young people.
  • Kiwanis actively supports Explorer Post 20, famous for its white water rafting trips for young people.
  • Kiwanis helped sponsor establishment of the YMCA in Los Alamos.
  • Kiwanis provides thousands of dollars in college scholarships to graduating seniors every year.
  • Kiwanis has recycled thousands of pounds of aluminum brought to Sullivan Field on collection days.
  • Kiwanis helps to sponsor and run a Christmas party for foster children in the Española Valley each year.
  • Kiwanis awards hundreds of dollars in prizes to outstanding Los Alamos Science Fair projects every year.
  • Kiwanis donates to both the Family Council and the Family Strengths Network in Los Alamos.
  • Kiwanis provides household smoke detectors to Los Alamos Medical Center as safety-oriented gifts for new parents.
  • Kiwanis cooks a free breakfast for Senior Appreciation Night every year.
  • Kiwanis conducts “Breakfast with Santa,” a pancake breakfast that kicks off the downtown Christmas season in Los Alamos each year. Families at this free breakfast are treated to a visit from Santa and an opportunity for their tiny tots to have their photographs taken with the aging elf. In return, they are asked to donate canned goods for the needy.
  • Kiwanis sponsors the Builder’s Club at Los Alamos Middle School as well as the K-Kids Clubs at Barranca Elementary & Aspen Elementary 
  • And Kiwanians runs the Fourth of July festivities in Los Alamos County—festivities which now draw more than 8,000 people to Overlook Park in White Rock every year.
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