Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure will feature local artists who will perform live at Wine Country Inn on Sunday, April 3 to benefit Marillac Clinic. This year’s Colorado Proud theme focuses on local products and culinary talent.

Mike Gazdak will lead off on keyboard for the VIP Luncheon from 11 am to 1 pm, followed by jazz guitarist Steve Williams, folk singer/ guitarist Ken Dravis and country/rock/blues specialist Thomasina Russell in different hotel locales from 2 to 6 pm.

“We’re excited to have this lineup of such accomplished and popular artists,” says WCI General Manager Ian Kelley. “Live music definitely is an important element for any celebration, so we will have a lively party atmosphere.”

Alpine Bank is presenting Edesia with St. Mary’s Medical Center. Major sponsors include KKCO 11News, Magic 93.1, the Vault 100.7, Peczuh Printing, Shamrock Foods, Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, FCI Constructors, Inc., Country Elegance Florists, Eagle River Assoc., Suzi Productions and Wine Country Inn.

Culinary All Stars Griff Chiono, Chef/Entrepreneur; Brunella Gualerzi, Chef/Owner of Il Bistro Italino; Josh Niernberg, Chef/Owner of Bin 707 Foodbar, and Chefs Joshua Roberts and Michael Gonzales, No Coast Sushi will prepare custom cuisine for the VIP Luncheon at 11 am until 1 pm. Chiono, Gualerzi and Niernberg will alternate demonstrating their skills in the Vintners’ House Suites during in the afternoon at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 pm.

In addition to the luncheon and live music, guests can sample wine, spirits and beer and food from restaurants, caterers and other purveyors. A Silent Auction will offer deluxe goods, trips and other luxury items and services for bidding.

Tickets for the VIP Luncheon, which includes admission to the afternoon celebration, cost $125 per person. Tickets for the main event from 2 to 6 pm are $75 per person. Both may be purchased by calling 970-464-5777 at Wine Country Inn or online by secure Pay Pal link at www.edesiapalisade.com.

Marillac Clinic has served uninsured and under-insured patients in the Grand Valley for 25 years.


Besides a myriad of wines, spirits and food, Edesia guests can also enjoy a variety of musical styles delivered by popular artists from the Grand Valley.

Mike Gazdak

Mike Gazdak

Mike Gazdak, who has performed for Edesia since its beginning, will play for the VIP Luncheon this year. A gifted pianist, he is equally adept on the accordion. With his extensive repertoire and performing experience, Mike is a popular keyboardist in numerous bands in the Grand Valley. He serves as the Training Officer for the Grand Junction Fire Department when he’s not making beautiful music.


Ken Dravis

Ken Dravis

Hearing John Denver on the radio at age 16 set Ken Dravis on his career path as a musician. As soon as he graduated from high school in New Jersey, Ken headed for Colorado and started playing in clubs in Colorado Springs. Within a few years, he migrated to Aspen and landed a job working security for his musical idol when he was 20.

For the next two years he continued to compose songs before bringing them to Denver, who listened and offered valuable advice. “Eagle River”, which Dravis formed in 2015, is primarily a John Denver tribute band comprised of five other musicians and vocalists who are friends. Ken also is a professional pilot and owns Aspen Leaf Recording Studio in Grand Junction. He will perform during the main Edesia event from 2 to 6 pm.

Thomasina Russell

Thomasina Brown

Thomasina Russell brings her amalgam of country/rock/blues stylings to Edesia for the afternoon. Imagine Bonnie Raitt, Loretta Lynn and a little bit of Janis Joplin rolled into one vocal package with great personality. Thomasina has a big voice and the picking skills to shade her stories solo, but she also performs with her band Thomasina Russell and Friends.

The Palisade-based singer/guitarist/composer/recording artist splits her time between the Grand Valley and the Austin, TX music scene. Fans of her singles and CDs stretch across the US and into Europe. We welcome Thomasina back to Wine Country

Steve Williams

Steve Williams

Jazz guitarist Steve Williams performs smooth, sultry jazz and blues, which pair beautifully with tasting wine and sampling fine cuisine at Edesia. Steve is no stranger to Wine Country Inn, playing solo and band engagements for a variety of functions in recent years.

He also has played bass in Project Groove with Miss Emily along with John Schulz on guitar, and Emily Ems on vocals. Steve and John have played blues and funk together for a decade.