Nothing beats the winter doldrums like the delicious aromas wafting from the famous restaurant kitchens in romantic old New Orleans. Savoring those
authentic Creole dishes is even better. Executive Chef Dave Kassera aims to take you away by recreating authentic Creole dishes from the Who’s Who of iconic restaurants in the historic Vieux Carre at Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits on Sunday, on Sunday, April 7, at the Wine Country Inn.

Edesia’s VIP Luncheon is set for 11 am to 1 pm in the Vineyard Ballroom; the main event featuring food, libations, chef demos and live Dixieland music happens
from 2 to 5 p.m. Edesia is presented by Alpine Bank with St. Mary’s Medical Center and Peach Street Distillers to benefit Marillac Health, which serves uninsured and under-insured patients in Mesa County.

Since last Fall Chef Kassera has been researching recipes from such landmark establishments as Arnaud’s, Antoine’s, Galatoires, Brennan’s, and Commanders Palace as well as Chef John Folse’s R’evolution to interpret the subtle Creole standards that are the foundation of fine cuisine in the Crescent City. “What many diners may not know is that Creole cuisine is definitely NOT
Cajun cooking,” Kassera emphasizes. “It is the melding of the cultures that colonized and built New Orleans: French, Spanish, with African influences introduced by Haitain slaves and touches from local Native American tribes.” As he points out, “Creole is refined city food; Cajun is hearty country food created by the Acadians who bypassed New Orleans and settled west of the city in the rural coastal low country now known as Acadiana. Of course, fine dining is not without good wine,” he adds, “so we will be pairing each course with local wines that complement the food.”

Frank Brager’s Big Easy Dixie Cats will be entertaining the afternoon guests with a playlist of traditional Dixieland tunes. The Silent Auction located in the Orchard Room will offer a wide selection of items for bid, ranging from hand crafted goods to deluxe lodging to live plants from local florists.

Tickets are available online at through a secure PayPal portal or in person at Wine Country Inn. Cost for the VIP Luncheon is $125 per person. The afternoon main event
General Admission tickets are $50 per person. Chef Kassera and his culinary team will demonstrate how to prepare some of the dishes featured at the VIP Luncheon at 3:30 pm in the new Caroline’s Restaurant.

Media sponsors are KKCO 11 News, The Vault 100.7, Magic 93.1, The Business Times, and Eagle River Associates. Other sponsors include Shamrock Foods, Peczuh Printing, Country Elegance
Florist, Event Productions, FCI Constructors, Suzi Productions, Shaw Construction, Office Outfitters, Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, Oakley-Wanebo-Love, Swire Coca Cola USA/Dasani, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, 72 Degrees, Dalby Wendland & Co, PC, Mathew Dokupil Ice Sculptures, Reddy Ice, Whitewater Building Supplies, Alexander United, Your Sign Company, Town of Palisade, Palisade Chamber of Commerce and Wine Country Inn.

For more information, please contact Wine Country Inn at 970-464-5777 or stop by to purchase tickets at 777 Grande River Drive, Palisade.