Bidding under way for tasteful fund-raiser

Bidding will remain open through midnight March 31 for table dinners planned as part of the annual Edesia fund-raiser.

Chef’s table dinners are scheduled for 6 p.m. April 11, 18 and 25 at the Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive in Palisade.

The dinners will be limited to up to 10 guests in each of two club rooms in the Vitner’s House. People can place bids in an online auction to participate. Bidding opens at $1,500 per group. 

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Edesia — an event showcasing food, wine and spirits — raises funds for MarillacHealth, which provides a range of health care services to uninsured and under-insured Mesa County residents. Since its inception a decade ago, Edesia has raised $212,000 — $38,000 when the last event was conducted in 2019.

“We are grateful for all the work Wine Country Inn is doing to host Edesia again in a safe manner and also offer a creative night out for an exclusive gourmet event,” said Kay Ramachandran, chief executive officer of the MarillacHealth.

FCI Constructors will present Edesia along with Alpine Bank, SCL Health
St. Mary’s and Peach Street Distillers.

This year, Edesia also will include a celebration of Hollywood.

Each dinner will feature different fare as well as Hollywood-themed activities.

On April 11, Bridget Zlab, food and beverage director and chef at the Wine Country Inn, will recreate dishes from popular Hollywood bistros. 

The event also will include a screening of “Long Live the King,” a documentary about “King Kong;” a remote question and answer session with filmmakers Frank Dietz and Tricia Geiger; and live remote interview with Victoria Riskin, daughter of “King Kong” star Fay Wray.

On April 18, Chad Griffith, executive chef of the Palisade Café and Wine Bar, will prepare cuisine paired with local wines.

The event will include a screening of “Roman Holiday,” a movie featuring the Oscar-winning work of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was from Grand Junction.

On April 25, Wayne Smith, a culinary arts instructor at Western Colorado Community College, will recreate fare from the first Academy Awards dinner.

The event will include a screening of the 92nd Academy Awards presentations.

An online merchandise auction will include Hollywood star caricatures, movies and posters as well as dinners, getaways and goodie baskets. Bidding will remain open until midnight April 30.