Edesia will feature Colorado wines, chefs and spirits

As far as Jerome Strack is concerned, an event to showcase the sophistication of Colorado food, wine and spirits is a no-brainer.

Look around, Strack suggested.

Vineyards dot the Grand Valley landscape. Quality restaurants, caterers and chefs also have set up shop in the Grand Valley, or at least a short drive away. And the availability of in-state spirits abounds.

With these things in mind, Strack, general manager of Wine County Inn, created Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure as a way to raise money for Marillac Clinic, a health care provider for uninsured and low income Mesa County residents.

Strack wanted to showcase Colorado wine, chefs and spirits exclusively, unlike the popular Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the Telluride Wine Festival that highlight out-of-state products and people.

“It’s finally about time,” said Theresa High, who will be pouring her 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from Colterris.

The opportunity to be alongside other Colorado companies at the event made Edesia very attractive, she said.

Edesia — Roman goddess of food who presided at feasts — will be from 2–6 p.m. March 20 at Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive in Palisade.

Tickets cost $49 per person.

Edesia is not a sit-down dinner but rather a sampling of fine food, wine and spirits.

Nearly two dozen restaurants, wineries and distillery companies will be represented, including Le Rouge, Il Bistro, Colterris, Canyon Wind Cellars, Peach Street Distillers and Montanya Rum. The participants were selected by invitation only.

Ticket-holders will be greeted with a signature cocktail in a keepsake Reidel glass, Strack said.

Chef Juan Cruz Anon of The French Press in Edwards will give food demonstrations hourly.

“People have been sitting in their homes since November,” Strack said. “They are ready for an adventure.”

Reservations for tickets can be made by calling 464-5777 or by going to edesiapalisade.com.

Space is limited to 300 people.

Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, a sponsor of the event, is offering to take people to and from Edesia for $89. The price, for Grand Valley residents only, includes a ticket to the event.

“Sometimes, we need to indulge in the food and wine the earth gives us,” Strack said.


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