Chefs to demonstrate skills at tasteful event

Griff Chiono
Griff Chiono
Brunella Gaulerzi
Brunella Gaulerzi
Josh Niernberg
Josh Niernberg

Three Grand Junction chefs will prepare a special lunch as well as demonstrate their skills at an upcoming benefit event showcasing gourmet food and beverages.

Griff Chiono, Brunella Gualerzi and Josh Niernberg are scheduled to participate in Edesia, set for April 3 at the Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive in Palisade.

“This is going to be a wonderful opportunity to sample cuisine prepared by an elite, talented cadre of local chefs who specialize in fresh, sustainable Colorado food,” said Anne Tally, who’s coordinating Edesia. “We want to celebrate the incredible resources and talent we have right here in the Grand Valley.”

Presented along with Alpine Bank and St. Mary’s Medical Center, the annual event serves as fund-raiser for the Marillac Clinic. The clinic provides a range of  health care services to uninsured and underinsured Mesa County residents.

The event will include a VIP lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by the main event from 2 to 6 p.m. The main event will feature food and beverage samples served by a wide range of vendors as well as culinary demonstrations, live music and a silent auction.

Tickets to the luncheon sell for $125 and also include admission to the main event. Tickets to the main event alone cost $75. For tickets or additional information, call
464-5777 or log on to www.edesiapalisade.com.

Chiono, a private chef and entrepreneur, has worked at Il Bistrio Italiano and Bin 707 Foodbar in Grand Junction as well as the High Lonesome Ranch near DeBeque. He hopes to open his own restaurant this spring in downtown Grand Junction.

Gaulerzi opened Il Bistro Italiano in 1998 and operates the restaurant with her husband, Ronald Hall. She learned to make pastas, sauces and other traditional fare in her native Italy.

Niernberg is executive chef of Bin 707 Foodbar and operates the restaurant with his wife, Jodi. He draws on more than 20 years of experience working in leading Colorado restaurants.