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Edesia: A culinary adventure in Palisade raises $23,000 for Marillac Clinic

Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure offered an exclusive VIP luncheon as part of a fundraising effort for Marillac Clinic. was led by Chef Jesper Jonsson and it featured a three-course meal based on the teachings of Auguste Escoffier.
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Funds raised for Marillac Clinic since Edesia kicked of in 2011 is as follows:

2015: $23,000

2014: $20,000

2013: $20,000

2012: $16,200

2011: $7,000


Wineries: Stoney Mesa, Graystone, Bearboat, Piper Sonoma, Whitewater Hill, DeBeque Canyon, Varaison, Talon Wine Brands, Gubbini Vineyards, Mesa Park Vineyards, Garfield Estates, Colterris, Carlson Vineyards, Grande River Vineyards and Canyon Wind.

Beer and spirits: Oskar Blues Brewery, Breckenridge Distillery, Botanist Gin, Coingreau Liquers, Peach Street Distillers, Palisade Brewery/Dirty Hippie Beer, Remy Martin, Rockslide Brewery, Kannah Creek Brewing Company, and Mt. Gay Rum.

Food samples: Escoffier School, Enstrom Candies, Famous Dave’s Bar B Que, Gelu Italian Ice, Spoons Bistro & Bakery, Local, Spot Bakery, Willy’s Wild Carvings, Z’s Orchards, A Taste of Heaven Catering, Pattie’s Tiny Cakes, Red Rose Café, Blaine’s Tomatoes and Farm, Kannah Creek Brewing Company, Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes, the Produce Peddler, the Lavender Lady, Tapestry Lounge and Caroline’s.

A year of planning culminated in success for Wine Country Inn’s Edesia culinary, wine and spirits event on Sunday, March 29. The annual celebration, which acts as a fundraiser for Grand Junction’s Marillac Clinic, brought in $23,000 for the healthcare organization.

Marillac Clinic provides health services to Mesa County residents without health insurance, with limited health insurance, or for those on Medicaid. It recently kicked off a growth effort as part of a partnership with Mesa County Heath Department. Marillac recently broadened its scope to Medicaid coverage, and it moved into a new office at Mesa County Heath Department’s campus — 510 29 ½ Road.

“Every dollar translates to medical care, and that’s such a difficult area for people to get help these days,” said Jean Tally, event organizer and co-owner of Wine Country Inn.

Edesia’s VIP luncheon was led by Chef Jesper Jonsson and it featured a three-course meal based on the teachings of Auguste Escoffier. Josh Niernberg, executive chef of Grand Junction’s Bin 707 Foodbar, also hosted a chef demonstration as did Chef Graham Mitchell of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colo.

“All food demonstrations had 50 or more people in them, standing room only,” said Anne Tally, event organizer and co-owner of Wine Country Inn. “This year we had more vendors participate than ever before.”

Anne Tally also estimated nearly 400 people at the Edesia event, spanning both the VIP luncheon and the afternoon shindig.

Kristy Schmidt of Marillac Clinic additionally confirmed a 60-percent increase in VIP luncheon attendance, with 88 guests participating.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day,” Schmidt said. “It was wonderful to be outside enjoying the warm weather and Palisade scenery.”

Both Schmidt and Kay Ramachandran, also of Marillac, expressed their gratitude for community and sponsor participation.

As a thank you, Edesia tickets for spring 2016 will be available to the public at an early-bird rate in December — just in time for the holidays. Plus sponsors are encouraged to sign up now for next year’s event to secure their place.

“We’re already planning for next year,” Anne Tally noted.

Wine Country Inn is located at 777 Grande River Dr., in Palisade. Call 970-464-5777 or visit http://www.coloradowinecountryinn.com for more information.

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