Yesterday evening, Justin and I attended Cork and Barrel, a gourmet food and wine event that helps raise money to benefit the KIDS Center. This is a wonderful non-profit organization that brings various agency services and providers from around the community together to help counteract, evaluate, and treat child abuse. Justin played a role in making the connection with the wineries in Walla Walla, as well as assembled a few of the vacation packages for the live auction, thus we were fortunate enough to be in attendance with 400 other guests.
We arrived at Tetherow Golf Club shortly after 4:30pm and were impressed with the overall set up. There were three large, elegant tents nicely spaced for walking around and socializing outdoors. Two of the tents hosted various wine tasting stations, accompanied by paired small plates prepared by chefs from around the region. There were also various items and wine selections set up on display for the silent auction.
I was absolutely thrilled to see several of the winemakers from Walla Walla make the journey down to Bend. After wine tasting in that region a number of times, I definitely have developed a list of my favorites including Va Piano, Sleight of Hand Cellars, Gramercy Cellars, Adamant Cellars, Walla Walla Vintners, and Dusted Valley (to name a few)…
After socializing and tasting some fabulous wine, we were all directed to the third tent for a gourmet five-course dinner and live auction. Everyone was seated at a table of eight, along with one of the Walla Walla winemakers. Our table hosted Julie and Jet Titus from Seven Hills Winery, an absolute joy to talk to. The food was served, wine was poured, and conversation flowed throughout the venue.
Justin and I were able to escape in between courses and catch some great pictures of the sunset (and ourselves, naturally).
Tetherow’s Executive Chef Zac Hoffman created a five-course meal that started with a beet salad and gazpacho, followed by a beautiful charcuterie plate, main entrée of pork osso bucco, and chocolate cake dessert. Not a smidge was left on my plate. The live auction provided much entertainment as fishing trips, wine tasting weekends, and golf experiences were going for top dollar. All together, the event raised $260,000 for the KIDS Center. Remarkable!!!
The evening was pure bliss – great weather, wonderful people, and flavorsome food and wine. I look forward to hopefully attending Cork and Barrel for years to come.