Scenes From Kiwanis Autumn Wine Dinner

Kiwanis President Lisa Wismer tosses a coin for participants playing ‘Heads or Tails’ where the winner splits the prize winnings with the Kiwanis Service Fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The field narrows as the coin toss continues and participants lose the toss and sit down. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Entertainment, fun, food and a worthy cause were served at the Oct. 24 Kiwanis Autumn Wine Dinner “Then and Now” in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

Kiwanis members and guests dined on food from the Manhattan Project Era catered by the Blue Window Bistro and paired with modern day wines. The event rivaled Los Alamos in the 1940’s and 1950’s, which was known for interesting cocktail parties and socializing events. 

The Blue Window staff combed the pages of, “Savoring the Past”, a collection of recipes from individuals who were part of our Los Alamos history. The cookbook is available at the Historical Society and it reflects the same ingenuity with chemistry in the kitchen as was happening with physics at the lab. At a time when supplies were unpredictable and rationing limited access to ingredients, the recipes in this cookbook show cleverness and creativity.

Los Alamos National Bank Chief Administrative Officer and Kiwanian Rod Pittman entertained the crowd by playing several songs on his various saxophones.

Capping off the evening was a silent auction and a game of coin toss called “Heads or Tails” where the winner, Roger Waterman, split the prize winnings with the Kiwanis Service Fund.

Three participants remain, from left, Kristy Ortega, Roger Waterman and Mike Wismer as Kiwanis President Lisa Wismer tosses the final coin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Roger Waterman is the big winner over Kristy Ortega and Mike Wismer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kiwanis President Lisa Wismer and Kiwanian Cindy Eaton call out auction winners. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kiwanis President Lisa Wismer introduces the evening’s entertainment, LANB’s Rod Pittman on sax. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos National Bank Chief Administrative Officer Rod Pittman, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos entertains to crowd playing his saxophones at the Autumn Dinner ‘Then and Now’. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANB’s Rod Pittman dazzles the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Banker and musician Rod Pittman takes a break from playing the sax to have dinner with his wife Sherryl. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd gathers at Kelly Hall in TOTH for the Kiwanis Autumn Wine Dinner with food from the Manhattan Project Era paired with wines of today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kiwanian Don Casperson, second from right, dines with friends. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Roger Waterman and his wife Emily and Linda Daly and her husband Dr. Paul Daly. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Center, Kathy and Steve Boerigter chat with friends. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Kiwanis President Lisa Wismer and her husband Mike Wismer and Jodi Hughes and her husband Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus speaks with LAHS teacher Kathy Boerigter, center, and LAPS Assistant Superintendent Diane Katzenmeyer-Delgado. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kiwanian and former Los Alamos County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith with his wife Mary. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Guests sample wines. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Guests enjoyed foods paired with wines. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The buffet tables were filled with foods from the Manhattan Project Era. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Blue Window’s dessert and wine bar. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Blue Window creates a coffee bar for the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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