It’s not too late for restaurants, wineries, spirits and food purveyors to join other  vendors for the seventh annual Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure on Sunday, April 2, at Wine Country Inn.

Alpine Bank is presenting Edesia, along with Jack Daniel’s Family of Fine Whiskeys and St. Mary’s Medical Center. Edesia benefits Marillac Clinics, which serves uninsured and under-insured patients in the Grand Valley.

“Response has been brisk so far, but we welcome restaurants and wineries who would like to join us,” says WCI General Manager Ian Kelley. “We can make room for more participants.”

Kelley says there is no vendor fee for participants, but they need to apply and provide information so that the Inn’s staff can provide the support they need to have a successful showing of their goods or services. Typically, Vendors supply bite size food samples or tastes of their products for 300-400 guests.

To provide more room and better circulation, the event will flow from the Inn’s public areas into a large, heated tent in the courtyard. “We’re ready for whatever Mother Nature orders up that day,” he quips. “This set up worked very well for us before, so we know our vendors and guests will be quite comfortable regardless of the weather.”

Vendors can contact Wine Country Inn for more information or to receive paperwork. Call 970-464-5777 or send an email request to

Popular local Chef Instructors from the Culinary Arts Program at Western Colorado Community College will create the cuisine for an exclusive Chef’s Table VIP luncheon in the Vineyard Ballroom from 11 am to 1 pm. Seating is limited for the event, which costs $125 per person. The Luncheon will focus on a Greek theme of Earth, Wind,
Water and Fire.The main Edesia event, which features the vendor booths, celebrity chef demonstrations, live music, food, wine and spirits and a silent auction starts at 2 pm and costs $65. The WCCC chefs who also will be doing culinary demos in the Vintner’s House, include Wayne Smith, Deb Henderson, Jon St.Peter and Beth Branscum.Tickets can be purchased online through a secure Pay Pal account on, by phone at 464-5777 or in person at Wine Country Inn.Media sponsors are KKCO 11News (television), The Business Times (print), Magic 93.1 and the Vault 100.7 (radio), Eagle River Assoc. (web), and Suzi Productions (graphics).Other sponsors include Shamrock Foods, Peczuh Printing, FCI Constructors, Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, Whitewater Building Materials, Shaw Construction, Office Outfitters, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Oakley/ Wanebo/Mendenhall/Love, Dalby Wendland & Co., Event Productions, Hoskins, Farina & Kampf, Dasani (Swire), Farmer Brothers Co., Country Elegance Florists, Your Sign Co., Your Way Safety & Sign Supply, the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Palisade and the Wine Country Inn.Media Contact: Jean Tally,

Event Contact: Ian Kelley,