Tasteful benefit raises $16,000 for clinic

A benefit event pairing gourmet foods with wines and spirits raised $16,000 for a Mesa County clinic providing health care services to the uninsured.

That total is more than twice the $7,000 raised last year for the Marillac Clinic, said Jerome Strack, general manager of the Wine Country Inn in Palisade and coordinator of Edesia.

Nearly 450 people came to the Wine Country Inn to participate in Edesia, an event named for the Roman goddess of fine food and wine.

The event featured foods prepared by local chefs, wines from Colorado vintners and spirits provided by Remy Martin, the presenting sponsor.

Glenn Smith, chef in residence at the Cooking School of Aspen, served as the celebrity chef and demonstrated his culinary skills in a series of presentations.

 “We are pleased with the outcome of Edesia, but we could not have done it without the hard work of our WCI staff and volunteers; the financial, goods and services support of our sponsors; and the excellent donations of food by our chefs as well as wines from vintners and spirits brought in by Remy Martin,” Strack said.