The Seventh Annual Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure is set for Sunday, April 2 at Wine Country Inn in Palisade, event organizers have announced.

Presented by Alpine Bank, with St. Mary’s Medical Center and Jack Daniel’s Family of Fine Whiskeys, Edesia shines a spotlight on the wine, spirits and fine cuisine offered in the Grand Valley and benefits Marillac Clinic.

Marillac has provided primary health services to Mesa County residents for 28 years. Patients of all ages, insured and uninsured, can access medical, dental, optical and behavioral health services.

“We’re especially excited this year to welcome Jack Daniel’s as a new sponsor because of our family’s Tennessee connection,” emphasizes Richard Tally, Wine Country Inn owner. He explains that in 1901 his mother’s aunt Alice Shofner married Jess Motlow, who was the nephew of Jack Daniel and younger brother of Lem Motlow. Both Motlow nephews were among only seven Master Distillers who have served the iconic Lynchburg distiller.

“A couple of years ago we took our children and grandchildren back to visit our Tennessee ancestral places, and were happy to find that my distant cousin Lynne Tolley, who served as ambassador for the brand until her retirement recently, happened to be at Miss Bobo’s Boarding House the day we had lunch,” Tally elaborates.

“It was fun to visit with her and hear her family recollections, and to see all the changes that have happened at the distillery over the years.”

Edesia 2017 also will offer a unique opportunity to sample cuisine prepared by an elite, talented cadre of local chef/educators from Western Colorado Community College’s Culinary Arts program. They will take the lead in preparing the VIP Chef’s Table Luncheon at 11 am and in presenting culinary demos in the afternoon from 2 to 5 pm. Participating Chef/Instructors include Wayne Smith, Deb Henderson, Jon St. Peter and Beth Branscum. They will be assisted by WCI Chef David Kassera and his staff as well as students enrolled in their program.

“We have a real treasure in our local culinary program,” Chef Kassera points out. “We hope that the public, which may not be aware of the high quality of the chef talent or the top of the line facilities at WCCC, will gain a new appreciation for the excellent training happening right here in the Grand Valley.”

Tickets for the VIP Luncheon from 11 am to 1 pm cost $125 per person and include admission to the afternoon event. Tickets for the main event from 2 to 5 pm cost $65 per person and are available for online purchase by secure Pay Pal link at or by calling 970-464-5777.

Other sponsors include KKCO11News, the Vault 100.7, Magic 93.1, Shamrock Foods, FCI Constructors, Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, Peczuh Printing, Suzi Productions, Eagle River Associates, the Palisade Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Palisade.