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Taste local flavors with Edesia event in Palisade

Edesia, known as a “culinary, wine & spirits adventure,” is set for Sunday, March 30, at Palisade’s Wine Country Inn.
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WHAT: Edesia: A Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure

WHEN: Sunday, March 30, from 1-5 p.m.

WHERE: Wine Country Inn, Palisade, Colo.

COST: $75 per person

INFO: http://www.edesiapalisade.com

Edesia, Wine County Inn’s taste sensation, returns to Palisade on Sunday, March 30, from 1-5 p.m. — with award-winning guest chef Nitza Mendoza as the event headliner.

The culinary adventure — featuring wine tasting and local flavors — benefits Marillac Clinic, a Grand Valley nonprofit dedicated to serving those without health insurance, or those who are underinsured.

“We are so grateful and honored to be the beneficiary of the funds raised from this unique event here in the valley,” Marillac Clinic’s community and donor relations director Kristy Schmidt said. “We value community partners, like Wine Country Inn and the sponsors of Edesia, in supporting the vital services Marillac Clinic can provide to those most in need.”



A DAY OF MANY FLAVORS



Mendoza, a Peruvian native who hails from Florida, specializes in fusion cuisine, “especially in seafood,” a recent news release said. She, along with other guest chefs, will also host a first-time VIP luncheon, with limited seating.

Other guest chefs participating in Edesia include Graham Mitchell (the executive chef with Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colo.), Jean Claude Cavalera (the chef instructor for Escoffier School in Boulder, Colo.), Jesper Jonsson (the executive chef for Randolph’s in Denver’s Warwick Hotel), Theo Otte (owner and executive chef from Grand Junction’s own 626 on Rood), Griff Chiono (chef de cuisine of Grand Junction’s Bin 707 Foodbar), and Marcelo Marino (executive chef of Wine Country Inn in Palisade).

According to Schmidt, the exclusive three-course meal has a Latin-American theme, and it will include chef participation and specialty wines. VIP luncheon tickets cost $125 per person and the price includes the afternoon tasting.

“We still have a couple seats left,” Schmidt noted.

Then the main event kicks off at 1 p.m., with tasting areas — including wine, spirits and cuisine, set up throughout Wine Country Inn’s main floor (inside and out).

“A lot of restaurants, and — new this year — organic growers will be offering samples of their food,” Schmidt said, along with wineries, distilleries, brewers and more.

Also new this year, a food truck with an enclosed beer garden will be offering comfort food in the court yard at Palisade’s destination resort stop.

“It’s really going to be fun,” Schmidt said. “It gets bigger every year, and we’re expecting 400-500 people for the afternoon.”

In its first year, Edesia raised $7,500 for the Marillac’s Clinic in 2011. Then in 2013, it raised $20,000. This year, event organizers hope for even more.

“It’s gotten to be the unique March event here in the valley ,” Schmidt said.

Parking and shuttles are available.

For more information, visit http://www.edesiapalisade.com.


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