Tickets on sale for benefit event combining food, wine and spirits

Tickets are available for Edesia, an annual benefit event combining food, wine and spirits.

The event is set for April 2 at the Wine Country Inn, located at 777 Grande River Drive in Palisade and will include a VIP luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and main event from 2 to 5 p.m.

Tickets to the luncheon sell for $125 and include admission to the main event. Tickets to the main event sell for $65. For tickets or additional information, visit or call 464-5777.

Proceeds from Edesia benefit the Marillac Clinic, which provides a range of health care services to Mesa County residents. The event raised $25,000 in 2016, bringing to $111,000 total contributions over the past six years.

This year, Alpine Bank, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Jack Daniel’s will present Edesia.

“We’re especially excited this year to welcome Jack Daniel’s because of our family’s Tennessee connection,” said Richard Tally, owner of the Wine Country Inn. Tally said his great aunt married a nephew of Jack Daniel, the distiller and businessman who founded the operation that produces what’s become one of the top whiskey brands in the world. The nephew was among only seven master distillers who’ve worked there.

Named for the Roman goddess of food and drink, Edesia will feature food prepared by chefs and instructors from the culinary arts program at Western Colorado Community College. They also will present culinary demonstrations.

David Kassera, the chef at Wine Country Inn, will assist in the efforts. “We hope that the public, which may not be aware of the high quality of the chef talent or the top-of-the-line facilities at WCCC, will gain a new appreciation for the excellent training happening right here in the Grand Valley,” Kassera said.