Shelburne Vineyard event benefits Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

3,000+ pounds of food donated to hungry neighbors

Mike Orfan, owner of the Lemon Peel, shares his charcuterie.

Shelburne Vineyard reported the results of Saturday’s 4th Annual Wine and Food Festival Benefit for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf with a big smile! The beautiful fall weather, the participation of some of Vermont’s (and Shelburne’s) finest specialty food vendors, and the sponsorship of Vermont Tent Company coupled with the generosity of the visitors who came to share in the festivities resulted in the collection of 1,396 pound on non-perishable food goods and a total of $586.13 in cash donations as part of a raffle. That cash translates to an additional 1,758 lb of food, bringing the grand total donation to 3,190 lb of food to be distributed to our hungry neighbors during the course of the next several weeks. According to Bob Maritano, food drive coordinator at the Food Shelf, much of that cash will go to purchase turkeys for the coming Thanksgiving Holiday, a commodity still in short supply only two weeks before the holiday.

The atmosphere during the event was festive. Thanks to the weather, it was like a fall picnic and the perfect beginning to the holiday season. In addition to Shelburne Vineyard’s free tasting of their menu of wines and the season’s release of their Ice Wine and Riesling, Cavendish Quail set up a grill at the Vineyard’s south patio that offered samples and sold quail tacos and skewers. Other guests picnicked on Red Hen breads with cheeses from Shelburne Farms and Vermont Creamery. Shelburne’s new Lemon Peel owner, Mike Orfan, introduced his house made charcuterie and relishes to an admiring crowd. Vermont Smoke and Cure sold their sticks and sausage, and Cheryl Duffy shared her delectable Blackflower Chocolates, even as East Shore Vineyard, Eden Ice Cider, and Artesano Mead shared their table and dessert wines, including some holiday specialties. Visitors walked away with smiles and a good start on their holiday gift lists and menus. Each of the vendors also donated a gift package to the raffle and as names of the winners were drawn throughout the afternoon, periodic whoops and clapping resounded through the Tasting Room. As the day ended and the last visitors trailed back to the parking lot, Maritano waved good-bye drove off to weigh the day’s proceeds at the Food Shelf, bearing a big smile of his own!

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