Anniversaries, birthdays and date nights - we all have our favorite traditions and many of us celebrate them at the region's finest restaurants. Jim Barnes and Bob Rafetto, owners of the Dilworthtown Inn, love that their restaurant is the setting of so many happy and treasured moments, but they are also committed to making an impact in the community too, and thus established the Dilworthtown Inn Wine Festival 21 years ago.
This coming Sunday - October 14 at 12-4 pm - hundreds of guests will enjoy more than 100 varieties of wine on the manicured grounds of the complex that encompasses three restaurants - Dilworthtown Inn, Blue Pear Bistro and the Inn Keeper's Kitchen. Six years ago, Jim and Bob designated The Cancer Program of The Chester County Hospital and Neighborhood Heath the beneficiaries of the Wine Festival after a close friend, Norma Ciccarone, lost her battle with breast cancer. "Every Thursday night, Norma and John Ciccarone and their family would join us for dinner. We consider them part of our family. It was painful to watch Norma go through her treatments and to lose her. This was a way to honor her and all of our guests, friends and family members who have had to fight cancer."
The money raised at the event is used to ensure that patients with cancer in Chester County get cutting-edge medical treatment and complimentary care - physical therapy, massage therapy and transportation assistance. It's a way to make certain the patients are not just treated, but that they are treated well.
The event is organized by the Women's Auxiliary to The Chester County Hospital. The Brandywine and Greystone Branches work together throughout the year in coordination with the staff at the Inn to create a memorable afternoon. Inn Sommelier Steve McKinney, a curator for the event, says, "It's important to have a good representation of what is available to today's wine aficionados. Our selection for the day ranges from local vineyards to our favorites from Chile, Argentina, France and South Africa. It's a great way for the occasional wine drinker to explore their tastes, and for those with a refined palate, a chance to find something new."
The event also includes food created by Executive Chef Glenn McQueen, with classic items from the Inn's menu including their famous Mushroom Soup and specialty items for the Festival - the Cuban Pulled Pork Sandwich is always a favorite! This year's Festival will also include a Hickory Smoked Beef Brisket with Horseradish Dijon Sauce on Potato Roll created by Brad Webb, a Physician Assistant at The Chester County Hospital, and a talented griller on the side.
In addition to the great wine and food, guests of the Wine Festival will enjoy a magnificent silent auction, live entertainment, a luxury car show, and shopping. At this year's Wine Festival, the organizers are thrilled to introduce the inaugural series of the BOTTLING HOPE COLLECTION, a unique project where Chester County artists and Chester County wineries are combining their talents to support Chester County patients living with cancer.
Local artists - Lele Galer, John Hannafin, Phil Jamison and Karl Keurner - have each created a painting for a wine label, which will be featured on a special collection of wine for sale produced by Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery in Kennett Square. The collector series will include two reds and two whites, with labels signed by their respective artist. In addition, the original four pieces of art which inspired the collection will be auctioned at the Wine Festival. (Each year, new artists and wineries will be selected.)
Bob Rafetto says, "We enjoy all of the best moments in our guests' lives - holiday parties, family dinners, girls' night out, weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries. It is rewarding that we are able to help out in the tough times, too." In the last six years, the Wine Festival has raised nearly $200,000 in support of The Cancer Program and Neighborhood Health.
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 @ 12-4 pm (rain or shine)
Location: Dilworthtown Inn, 1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382
Benefits: Neighborhood Health and The Cancer Program of The Chester County Hospital
General Admission Tickets: $35 in advance / $40 at the door
Enjoy the Grand Tasting of more than 100 wines, Performance Car Show, Live Entertainment, Silent Auction and Shopping Gallery. Food is available for purchase from the Gourmet Food Tent.
VIP Tickets: $100
Enjoy the Grand Tasting of more than 100 wines, Performance Car Show, Live Entertainment, Silent Auction and Shopping Gallery. Your VIP Ticket also includes anything you would like from the Gourmet Food Tent and is your pass to the VIP tent. Inside the VIP tent, enjoy reserved seating, fruit and cheese, special wines, and more.
Designated Driver Package: $175
We want you to enjoy the day responsibility. The designated driver package includes 5 General Admission Tickets and One Free Designated Driver Ticket. The Designated Driver Ticket allows you to enjoy the Performance Car Show, Shopping Gallery, Live Entertainment, Silent Auction and also includes lunch and a non-alcoholic beverage.
General Admission, VIP and Designated Driver Packages tickets can still be purchased at the event.
TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS ONLINE >
Online registration will be OPEN through Friday, October 12. Tickets purchased the week of October 8 will be held at the Pre-Registration Table for pick-up. Held rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable and non-replaceable if lost, stolen or forgotten.