The weather gods must be smiling on Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure this year. The forecast for the event on Sunday, March 29 at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade is for sunshine and 70-plus degree weather.

“We couldn’t ask for better conditions, “ comments General Manager Christine Wight. “Our guests are so ready for spring and being outside that I think they will naturally gravitate to the Tented Courtyard and Pavilion.”

Edesia, which benefits Marillac Clinics, kicks off with a VIP Luncheon from 11 am to 1 pm. The luncheon celebrates the contributions of the legendary Master Chef Auguste Escoffier to the culinary world. Chef Jesper Jonsson has created a menu that reflects Escoffier’s style and creativity. Even the ice sculpture and tablescapes for the luncheon have a decidedly French theme.

The main event runs from 1 to 5 pm. Tickets are still available for both events, but anyone buying now will have to pick them up at Will Call because of limited time to ensure mail delivery before Sunday.

With vendors blanketing the interior public rooms and spilling over outside, there will be a wide variety of sampling available, Wight points out.

Paired with wine, spirits or beer, food is being offered by The Local, Spoons, the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Kannah Creek Brewing Co., Gelu Italian Ices, Enstroms, Spot Bakery, Caroline’s, Pattie’s Tiny Cakes, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes, Buf- falo Wild Wings, the Red Rose and Wine Country Inn’s Culinary Department.

Local food producers who will provide information and products include Blaine’s Tomatoes & Farm, Zs Orchard and The Produce Peddler.

“I don’t think anyone will go home hungry,” laughs Wight. “Even our Guest Chefs will be passing samples of food they prepare in the demonstrations.”

Guest Chefs who will demonstrate their culinary skills include Executive Chef Graham Mitchell and Headliner Chef Jesper Jonsson, Escoffier School, Boulder; Chef/Owner Josh Niernberg with Chef de Cuisine Griff Chiono and Sous Chef Andrew Watson of Bin 707 Foodbar, Grand Junction and Pastry Chef Tronette Alexander, Wine Country Inn, Palisade.
Additionally, there will be a Silent Auction offering an opportunity to bid on items ranging

from Champagne Hot Air Balloon rides in Vail to overnight stays for two in fine hotels in Aspen, Telluride, Vail and California. Closer to home, there are tickets to the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival and an original acrylic painting by a local artist. Bidding closes at 2:30 p.m.

And if food and beverage is not enough to entertain guests, there will be live music by Jeanie Thomas during the VIP Luncheon, Mike Gazdak in the lobby and Ken Dravis in the Tented Courtyard. Photographer Chad Mahlum will set up his Photo Booth in the Courtyard Pergola. Magician Ty Gallenbeck will roam around delighting guests with his slight-of-handtricks. Willy Tuz of Willy’s Wild Carvings will show guests how to create artistic masterpieces out of ordinary fruits and vegetables.

Off site parking is available at nearby remote lots with horse-drawn carriage shuttle service to the event by Abso- lute Prestige Limousine Service.

Tickets for the VIP luncheon cost $125 per person; general admission, $75 per person. They can be purchased by a secure Pay Pal link online at www.edesiapalisade.com, www.gvcatalog.com or in person at the Wine Country Inn.

Alpine Bank is presenting sponsor with Remy Martin, the international champagne cognac giant. Media sponsors are The Free Press, KKCO 11 News, Magic 93.1, the Vault 100.7, GV Magazine and Eagle River Associates.

Other sponsors include Republic National Distributing Co., FCI Constructors, Peczuh Printing, Shamrock Foods, Country Elegance Florist, Dalby Wendland and Co., Grand Events Party Rentals, Uniform Junction, Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, Farmer Brothers Coffee, Palisade Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Palisade, Suzi Productions, Kolorado Resources, ASR, 72 Degrees, Your Way Safety & Sign Co., Reddy Ice, Colorado Barrel Designs, White Tie Entertainment, Lone Star Security & Safety Services and Wine Country Inn.

All profits will benefit Marillac Clinics, which serve uninsured and under-insured patients in the Grand Valley. The event raised $20,000 for the clinic in both 2013 and 2014.

The organizers of Edesia have scheduled Sunday, March 20, 2016 for the Sixth Annual event. Prospective participants and sponsors are encouraged to sign up early.