Food and wine event set for Saturday, March 22

Published in the March 5- 18, 2014 issue of Morgan Hill Life

By Jona Denz-Hamilton

Jona Denz-Hamilton

Jona Denz-Hamilton

The food is hot, the fine wines are uncorked and goodies are arranged on tables. It’s a tempting sight that lures you back to the South Valley Wine Auction and Food Fest every year since 1999.

This party is a fun community event that started out as a fundraiser organized by local dentist Dr. Jon Hatakeyama to provide track uniforms for Live Oak High students. It quickly grew to become a big supporter of any needy athletic programs at Live Oak and Sobrato high schools as well as Martin Murphy and Britton middle schools — and occasionally our local elementary schools.
As a MHUSD parent and 94.5 KBAY radio personality, I’ve loved being part of the planning of this premiere food and wine event for the past 10 years — and your host.

Join me and undoubtedly other friendly, familiar faces Saturday March 22 at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center from 6-10 p.m.

You’ll enjoy tastings from at least 10 wineries and Morgan Hill’s best-loved restaurants as you bid on oodles of silent auction items. Then about 8 p.m., the mood transforms to the excitement of the exhilarating live auction. I share the stage with new auctioneer this year, Mark Turner, who’ll have you waving your auction paddle while you laugh at his flow of humorous remarks.

Photo courtesy South Valley Wine Auction

Photo courtesy South Valley Wine Auction

Be ready to take home some really great wines, jewelry, sports collectibles, and maybe win a dinner party whipped up by an acclaimed local chef.

The 16th Annual South Valley Wine Auction & Food Fest, held Saturday, March 22nat the Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Attendees must be at least 21. Tickets are $50 at BookSmart, 80 E. 2nd St., Drs. Hatakeyama & Nguyen, 370 W. Dunne Ave., or online at, or $60 at the door. Find us on Facebook.

Jona Denz-Hamilton is KBAY’s weekday DJ from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. She stays involved with various South Valley events such as Morgan Hill’s 4th of July Parade and loves serving as the master of ceremonies for the annual South Valley Wine Auction & Food Fest.