Edesia 2013! Helping Marillac raise $20k
Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure has raised $20,000 to benefit Marillac Clinic, according to Joe Scanlon, Wine Country Inn General Manager, who coordinated the event. That amount is nearly a $4,000 increase over last year’s donation of $16,200, he says. A check will be presented to Marillac’s Board of Directors at their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 24.
Alpine Bank was Presenting Sponsor for Edesia on March 24. An estimated 400-plus guests sampled delicacies prepared by local chefs, outstanding wines from Colorado vintners and an upscale array of spirits brought in by Title Sponsor Remy Cointreau, the American subsidiary of international champagne and spirits giant Remy Martin. Local breweries and distillers also presented their products.
Decked out in flowing toga with a garland of gold leaves crowning her long hair, Edesia the Roman Goddess of wine and food, directed guests into the maze of food and wine vendors who lined the lobby, halls, public rooms and adjacent areas of the host Inn. Edesia was portrayed by Sheena Lange, a Wine Country Inn employee.
Also drawing attention in his authentic kilt and gear, Buz Dabkowski, the colorful “Ambassador” for Macallan Single Malt Whiskey, poured samples and answered questions for guests. Remy Contreau brought him to town for the event.
Live music in the lobby was provided by Randy Fosburgh and Mike Gazdak, while Steve Williams and Miss Emily entertained in the Vineyard Ballroom.
The three celebrity chefs, who alternated demonstrating their skills in the Club Rooms of the Vintner’s House, were a big hit. Jean Claude Cavalera, Executive Chef of Randolph’s at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, prepared Ratatouille and Steak au Poivre, while popular Aspen Chef Glenn Smith cooked Braised Pork and Pineapple Mole. Theo Otte, Executive Chef and Owner of 626 on Rood, offered Sunchokes presented “Two Ways” with Asparagus and Porcini.
“We are thrilled with the success of Edesia, but we could not have done it without the hard work of our WCI staff and volunteers or the financial, goods and services support of our sponsors. The excellent donations of food by our chefs, as well as wines from vintners and spirits brought in by Remy Cointreau, took the event to another level,” Scanlon emphasizes.
“As a result of everyone’s generosity of time, talent and goods, we are able once again to contribute a significant amount of money to help a lot of Marillac patients.”
Scanlon says his team has already started working on Edesia 2014, having secured the continuing support of Alpine Bank and several other sponsors. The trio of chefs also expressed interest in coming back next year.
Actively pursuing outstanding chefs and restaurants from Denver to the Utah border, Scanlon is committed to establishing Edesia as the premier food and wine exposition on the Western Slope. To that end, he has authorized capitol improvements that will enhance the physical set up for next year.
“It’s not to early to sign up as a sponsor or vendor.Check our website www.edesiapalisade.com to download the proper paperwork and to check out our photos from Edesia 2013,” Scanlon urges. “And while you are visiting the site, mark your calendars to join us in March 2014.”
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Press Contacts: Jean Tally or Joe Scanlon, Wine Country Inn, 970-464-5777