In anticipation of the upcoming Wine, Women & Shoes event in February, 140 ladies decked out in some of their most flirty outfits converged on Bijoux restaurant at Sandestin recently to kick off the upcoming event.

The event offered the two rooms full of women the opportunity to not only socialize, but a preview of bigger things to come.

Several businesses provided doorprizes, offered their clothing and accessories for sale, and were showcased on several models.

Women contribute $500 to part of the Sole Sister Society. That money has gone to introduce 2,600 third and fifth graders to music in education, the largest music education event ever in Northwest Florida, said Maestro Demetrius Fuller, founder and director of Sinfonia of the Gulf Coast.

"A decade ago we did not have Sinfonia," said sponsor Tim Krueger, who added that we are lucky to have it.

Wine Women & Shoes is a weekend of events featuring vintner dinners prepared by regional celebrity chefs paired with high-end wineries, shopping and fashion, all to benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and Sinfonia's music education initiatives. Those initiatives includes Sinfonia Youth Orchestra programs, Musicians in Schools, free student attendance to Sinfonia concerts, partnership with Carnegie Hall's Link Up project, and collaboration with Sacred Heart Hospital's Arts in Medicine program.

The weekend begins Feb. 17 with vintner dinners in homes or at restaurants.

This year's honorary vintner will be Hourglass winery's Jeff Smith.

Other featured wineries will include Ancien, Blackbird Vineyards, Regusci, Ferrari, Sanglier, and Saint Helena.

Celebrity chefs will include Nikhil Abuvala of Roux 30A, Jack McGuckin of Bijoux, and Jude Tauzin of Tony Chachere's.

The signature event will take place Feb. 19 at Emerald and Coastal Ballrooms at the Hilton Sandestin.

Each year has a different theme. Last year's theme was movies. This year's theme will be "Mad Hatter's Garden Party."

For more information, call the Sinfonia office at 460-8800.