Tasteful event raises $20,000 for clinic

An annual benefit event pairing gourmet foods with wines and spirits raised $20,000 for a a clinic that provides health care services to uninsured residents of Mesa County.

Joe Scanlon, general manager of the Wine Country Inn in Palisade and coordinator of Edesia, presented a check to the board of directors of the Marillac Clinic. The latest donation was nearly $4,000 more than the $16,200 raised for the clinic at Edesia last year.

“We are thrilled with the success of Edesia. But we could not have done it without the hard work of our WCI staff and volunteers or the financial, goods and services support of our sponsors,” Scanlon said.

“The excellent donations of food by our chefs as well as wine from vintners and spirits brought in by Remy Cointreau took the event to another level.

“As a result of everyone’s generosity of time, talent and goods, we are able once again to contribute a significant amount of money to help a lot of Marillac patients.”

Alpine Bank served as presenting sponsor and Remy Cointreau as the title sponsor of Edesia, held in March at the Wine Country Inn. The event is named for the Roman goddess of food and wine.

More than 400 people bought tickets to sample food presented by local chefs, wines from Colorado vintners and spirits from Remy Cointreau and local breweries and distillers. Three celebrity chefs staged demonstrations.

Scanlon said he’s already started working on the next Edesia benefit set for March 2014 and has secured the continued support of Alpine Bank and other sponsors. The celebrity chefs also want to come back, he said.

Scanlon said he’s committed to making Edesia the premier food and wine expositions in Western Colorado.

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