Fare fund-raiser to offer taste of Creole cuisine

Dave Kassera
Dave Kassera

An upcoming benefit event showcasing food, wine and spirits will offer a taste of Creole cuisine.

Dave Kassera, executive chef at the Wine Country Inn, will recreate dishes from iconic New Orleans restaurants as part of Edesia.

The event is scheduled for April 7 at the Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive in Palisade. A VIP luncheon is set for 11 a.m., followed by the main event from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring food, libations, chef demonstrations and a live Dixieland band.

Tickets to the VIP luncheon sell for $125. Tickets to the main event sell for $50. For tickets or more information about Edesia, call the Wine Country at 464-5777 or visit the website located at www.EdesiaPalisade.com.

The  Wine Country Inn has hosted for nine years the fund-raiser for the Marillac Clinic, which provides a range of health care services to uninsured and under-insured Mesa County residents. Edesia is presented by Alpine Bank, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Peach Street Distillers in addition to other sponsors.

Kassera has researched recipes from such New Orleans restaurants as Arnaud’s, Antoine’s, Galatoires, Brennan’s and Commanders Palace as well as Chef John Folse’s R’evolution. “What many diners may not know is that Creole cuisine is definitely not Cajun cooking,” Kassera said. “It is the melding of the cultures that colonized and built New Orleans: French, Spanish, with African influences introduced by Haitian slaves and touches from local Native American tribes.”

Each course will be paired with local wines that complement the food, he said.

At the main event, Kassera and his culinary team will demonstrate how to prepare some of the dishes served at the luncheon.

Frank Barger’s Big Easy Dixie Cats will entertain guests with traditional Dixieland tunes.

A silent auction will feature a selection of items for bid, including handcrafted goods, live plants from local florists and deluxe lodging.