Chocolate Lipstick: A Tony Temecula To-Do

A fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley includes some unusual eats (and, of course, local wines).

SWEET TREATS... have a way of dominating the shelves (and our daydreams) come February. We long for ice cream cones on the occasional warmer day, and we sniff out boxes of chocolates, the kind filled with caramel and nougat, when Valentine's Day draws near. But finding a full-on event that's devoted to all of that chewy, nut-filled, salt-topped sweet-a-tude isn't quite as easy as discovering where the nearest ice cream cone or chocolate bar might be. And finding such an event that gives back to the local community? Even trickier, but hold fast: The Pechanga Resort & Casino is throwing one such dessert-y, wine-a-riffic happening, and it all rolls out over the Friday and Saturday before the heart-biggest day of the year. Make your way to Temecula for...

THE CHOCOLATE DECADENCE... & Pechanga Wine Fest. The gooey, sweet-tooth-y end of the party is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10, while the wine takes centerstage on Saturday, Feb. 11. One of the newest offerings on the table at the Friday gathering is chocolate lipstick, though traditional bite-sized squares, full of traditional and surprising ingredients (think everything from marshmallow to lavender), will also be a part of the eat-around, try-it-all night. Tunes, a silent auction, and more convivialities are in store both the Friday and Saturday soirees.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY... Inland Empire is the beneficiary, with a specific focus on "...programs that provide housing needs and home repairs to senior citizens and those who are no longer able to do such work themselves." Want to support this important effort? Secure your ticket now to one or both days of the festival.

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