Out & About: Community Foundations' wine dinner near Jennerstown
The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County met the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (serving Bedford, Cambria, Indiana and Somerset counties) on May 13 for a Cuvée Community fundraiser at Green Gables Restaurant near Jennerstown.
Cuvée refers to wine in vats or casks, often blended from different vintages, a fitting theme for a melding of the two groups, said Mike Kane, president and executive director of the Alleghenies organization.
“Community foundations by definition are organizations that encourage people to gather — to blend — and being able to do so with another community foundation ... is a great privilege for us,” he said.
It was the second annual dinner, with each of chef Susan Kroft's five courses paired with an appropriate wine. Restaurant proprietor and wine director Mary Louise Stoughton came up with the idea to showcase the restaurant while supporting a worthy cause.
Diners heard a talk by Ed Addiss and Barbara Selig of Wine Traditions Ltd. in Falls Church, Va., who specialize in importing French wines produced by independent, family-owned vineyards.
Partaking of the experience from the Westmoreland foundation were executive director Phil Koch with Deanna and board chairwoman Gail Malloy with Jeff, along with Kim andDon Kramer, Steve Gifford, Jo andJim Rossi, Terry Graft andLinda Brown, Faye Rosatti, Amy Testa, Laura andJim Argenbright, Bill andSherri Polacek, Mark andJeanine Ferry, Randy and Rebecca Betton andMark Pasquerilla, chairman of the Alleghenies board of directors.