Haute Chocolate

By Richard Mineards   |   May 9, 2019
Greeting the attending STESA supporters are James Kyriaco, Elsa Granados, Fred Shaw, and Evgeniya Kataria (photo by Priscilla)

The Rape Crisis Center, now renamed Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA), threw its 11th annual Chocolate de Vine event at the Greek Orthodox Church, attracting more than 250 oenophiles and chocaholics, raising around $50,000 for the worthy charity that has an annual budget of almost $1 million.

Fifteen chocolatiers, wineries, and breweries participated.

“The event has just grown and grown,” says executive director, Elsa Granados.

Mayor Cathy Murillo, a longtime supporter, emceed, and district attorney Joyce Dudley joined the sweet-toothed throng.

One of our tony town’s sweeter events.

Patricia Guillen, Rebekah Kjos, Ingrid Kraukle, Nina Katazia, Ahenya Katazia, Evgenia Kataria, and Alessandra Goycodher at the Chocolate de Vine event (photo by Priscilla)
STESA board president Frank Quezada with Jordie Ricigliano, Lele Miranda, Cat Puttmann, Rachel Zmina, Eric Friedman, and guitarist Carlos Guillen (photo by Priscilla)

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