Photo Credit: Rachel Cameron Photography
For the third year in a row, Southside Art Center “Fresh Pallet” dinner was held on a early Sunday evening. This year we were treated to Chef Oliver Ridgeway’s culinary expertise at the Grange. 135 of us dinned on the seventh floor tented rooftop of the Citizen Hotel.”Chef” personally showed up on a Sunday to make sure every course was prepared perfectly and that the presentation was beautiful. Five local wineries including Sobon Estate matched their wines perfectly with each course.”The Dance” with the roasted Squash soup was my favorite dish. A dozen pieces of art created by SouthSide’s disabled artist’s were auctioned off to the highest bidder. The main sponsor The Ryan Keys Foundation started our Fund a need with a donation of ten thousand dollars and kicked in another two thousand to help reach our goal.
“Feast for WEAVE” returned to Mulvaney’s B&L this past Saturday evening. D’Art wines from Lodi matched each delectable course with their local handcrafted wines. Each course was as beautiful as it was scrumptious. Once again “The Dance” was my favorite, I think we are starting to see a pattern here.
WEAVE’s Executive Director Beth Hassett was quite pleased with the community’s continued support of WEAVE’s core services. She noted that WEAVE must raise $1.03 in donations for every $1 received in government grants just to maintain the basic services our community expects from WEAVE. Western Health Advantage was once again the presenting sponsor and WHA CEO Garry Maisel was very generous in setting the tone for WEAVE’s Fund A Need request to raise funds to offset looming state funding cuts to WEAVE’s nationally recognized prevention education programs.
The Winemaker Dinner Auction Package is proving to be a very successfully formula for fundraising. You need a fabulous chef, a location that can handle at least a hundred people, lots of courses with great wines, some great auction items and the right people in the room. As the results speak for themselves.