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Flavors of Grand Valley 'Wine Country' give back to a good cause

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Tart. Savory. Sweet. Spicy. Buttery goodness.All these culinary flavors and more will electrify your taste buds at "Edesia: A Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure" Sunday, March 24, at Palisade's Wine Country Inn. The third annual event, which runs from 1-5 p.m. and costs $65 a person, will also benefit the Marillac Clinic, a local medical nonprofit providing health and dental care to the underinsured and uninsured. According to Kristy Schmidt, Marillac's community and donor relations director, Edesia is extremely important to the medical organization's fundraising goals. In its first year in 2011, Marillac received a donation of $7,500 from Edesia. Then in 2012, $16,000 was raised at the event. "We were just amazed, so pleased and thankful," Schmidt said. At this year's event, three celebrity chefs will be giving demonstrations at this year's Edesia: Chef Theo Otte, Chef Jean Claude Cavalera and Chef Glenn Smith (who gave demos last year). Attendees will learn home-cooking tips, as well as suggested wine pairings with food from the demos."Besides the chef demos, guests can sample food, wine and spirits from a variety of restaurants and caterers, wineries and distilleries," a news release said. "Miss Emily and Steve Williams as well as Randy Fosburgh, the Sinatra sound-alike, will perform throughout the day."There will additionally be an area at Edesia where guests can receive "a quick restorative massage after being on their feet for hours," the news release added. Tickets are available at Alpine Bank, Wine Country Inn and the Marillac Clinic. Call 970-464-5777 or visit for more information.

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