Edesia to showcase good food from valley

Richard and Jean Tally wanted to host a signature event to highlight western Colorado and generate support for a local nonprofit. Four years ago, they created Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure that raises funds for Marillac Clinic.

Edesia allows people to sample food from area restaurants or caterers, local wine, beer and spirits, as well as offerings from title sponsor Remy Martin, in one location on one afternoon.

The event has grown in popularity, and the Tallys, founding owners of host venue Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive, in Palisade, have remained committed to supporting Marillac Clinic because it does so much for the uninsured or under-insured in the area, Jean Tally said.

Last year, Edesia helped raise $20,000 for Marillac Clinic, which helped cover costs for more than 100 patient visits, said Kristy Schmidt, community and donor relations director for Marillac Clinic.

“We are very grateful and honored they came up with this idea,” she said.

Marillac Clinic offers medical, dental, vision, mental health and medication services on a sliding pay scale to those with limited financial resources.

This year, Edesia organizers want to increase the event’s contribution to Marillac by expanding attendance thanks to even more options for ticket-goers.

Edesia will go from 1–5 p.m. Sunday with the indoor offerings of food, wine and spirits synonymous with the event. Organizers have added an outdoor, heated beer garden with local breweries and food from gourmet food truck, Cravings, run by chef Jonathan Rashleigh.

More local growers have joined the event and a long list of “celebrity chefs” will give cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

“This gives everyone a chance to taste things they might not get to,” Jean Tally said. “I think there’s something there to love by everyone.”

Live music will entertain guests indoors and outdoors.

For a comprehensive list of the dozens of participating chefs, vendors, distilleries, breweries and wineries, go to edesiapalisade.com.

Tickets cost $75 and can be purchased through edesiapalisade.com by printing the receipt and retrieving ordered tickets at Will Call on Sunday. Advanced tickets also are available at Wine Country Inn.

The event is open to those 21 and older only. Valid identification is required to verify age.

“It’s a labor of love for us,” Jean Tally said.


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