Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend Donates $430,000 to BeneficiariesAugust 17, 2016
2016 Weekend Proceeds Benefit Five Local Children’s Charities
The twenty-seventh annual Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend took place April 27 – 30 and comprised of more than 25 events at various locations including Romare Bearden Park. The non-profit organization that hosts wine and food events donated over $400,000 to five benefiting children’s charities in Charlotte.
“Over our history as one of the Southeast’s largest wine and food events, we are proud to say we have now raised almost $5 million for local charities,” said Chairman David Furr. “We are so fortunate our supporters came out strong this year and helped us raise money for the children of Charlotte. Through donors, sponsors and generous winemakers, distributors, restaurants and chefs, our donations this year will make significant impacts to the charitable programs.”
The beneficiaries for the 2016 Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend are Charlotte Concerts, Council for Children’s Rights, Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, Safe Alliance, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. The charities provided volunteers leading up to the Weekend, assistance with ticket sales, on-site support and logistics help.
“We are more than grateful for the support from our charities and are thrilled we can give back to them at a greater amount than we did last cycle,” said Executive Director, Dockery Clark. “Through new events and bringing in supporters new to the organization, we had a very successful Weekend and want to thank everyone who participated in support of our mission.”
The Weekend schedule kicked off with in-home dinners at the homes of some of Charlotte’s most generous benefactors. Winemakers from around the world such as Bibiana Gonzales Rave, San Francisco Chronicle’s 2015 Winemaker of the Year, and Michael Browne of Kosta Browne, Wine Spectator’s 2009 Winemaker of the Year, entertained guests at the intimate dinners. Chef Paul Verica of Heritage in Waxhaw and Chef Michael Kramer of the Lazy Goat in Greenville, South Carolina, were two of the featured chefs. At the in-home dinner featuring Todd Anderson of Anderson’s Conn Valley and Leslie & Bruce Schlernitzauer of Porcupine Provisions, auction items raised over $65,000, with the night’s total of the five in-home dinners raising over $126,000.
Charlotte’s Largest Dinner Party was held on Thursday evening at 16 of Charlotte’s best restaurants paired with wineries including Bonterra with Arietta Wine, Fig Tree with Hourglass, Napa with Darioush, Kindred with Valkyrie Selections, Barringtons with Turnbull, Aria with Gaja, and Ruth’s Chris with Doubleback, former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe’s winery.
The Grand Tasting Tent on Friday and Saturday was a new event this year aiming to bring new wine and food lovers to the Weekend. The two sessions in Romare Bearden Park were formatted as casual walk-about tastings and featured wineries, local craft breweries, food vendors, and demonstrations. Over 65% of attendees were first time attendees.
The annual premier tastings, such as the 1,000 Point Tasting, were held on Friday and Saturday at Ruth’s Chris Uptown. The sold-out Grand Gala & Auction was held on Friday evening under the tent in Romare Bearden Park. Overlooking the Charlotte skyline, the guests enjoyed a silent auction, a seated, multi-course dinner with wine pairings, and a live auction. Food was prepared by Porcupine Provisions and Cutthroat Kitchen star Chef Elliott Farmer. The wine was generously donated by Doubleback, Eric Solomon, Hope & Grace, Hourglass, and Total Wine.
Tickets will be available soon for the 2017 Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend website: www.charlottewineandfood.org.
About Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend
Since its inception in 1989, Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend has grown into one of the Southeast's most successful fundraising wine and food events. Forbes Travel Guide ranks Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend in the top five must-visit wine and food events in the country. The Weekend draws notable winemakers from across the country and around the world and pairs them with top chefs for four days of fun and educational events to benefit children’s charities. For more information, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CLTWineandFood. Visit our website www.charlottewineandfood.org or call (704) 338-9463 with questions.