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Published on Wed, May 18, 2011

By: The LACar Editorial Staff


Decadence - A Fine Wine & Chocolate Tasting Event Discovered in 600 A.D. and once considered to be vile by European aristocracy, chocolate embodies the ultimate indulgence today. Ultra-fast super cars that wrap you in hand-tooled leather and propel you down the road in luxury embody the definition of decadence. Combine these with premium wines and you had “Decadence: A Fine Wine & Chocolate Event.” Editor John Grafman was there to capture the moment on camera. Guests sampled more than 25 wines and more than 20 different truffles and chocolate delights , alongside a large assortment of Aston Martins, classic Jaguars, rare Shelby Mustangs, Ford GTs and one-of-a-kind collectible automobiles at one of LA’s most exclusive car collections. Gourmet hors d'oeuvres created by former Beverly Hills Hotel Executive Chef and current Executive Chef of the Horseless Carriage Restaurant was also featured. Proceeds went to the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center.

Decadence in The Valley

Galpin Motors Owner Bert Boeckmann’s private Collection Room is closed to the general public, but the doors were opened for this special event. The Collection Room is a spectacular showcase of their private collection of Aston Martin, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mustang and several of the highly collectible Ford GTs, even a super-rare Saleen sports car. The Saleen S7 is a true road-going race car; hand built and capable of speeds over 200 mph. The Collection Room is also the location where the popular TV show “Pimp My Ride” filmed their reveal scenes. Among the standouts are a couple of Ford GTs, one of which is number three off the assembly line-the dashboard is personally autographed by racing legend Carroll Shelby. The San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. has been “moving lives forward” in our community since 1970 is one of the largest mental health centers of its kind in Los Angeles County. The Center now serves more than 15,000 individuals each year with 35 different programs serving all age groups 0 – 100. The mission of the Center is to enhance the mental health of children, youth, adults and families within the community regardless of their ability to pay and is committed to treating all clients with dignity and improving their quality of life. More information about the center is at

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