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October 15, 2009 - FACES: Grapes Against Wrath

What: FACES – Family, Advocacy, Care, Education, Support - is teaming up with Pat Miller, the Gabby Gourmet and several of Denver's top chefs to present an exciting strolling food and wine event called

Where: Roth Distributing, 17801 E. 40th Ave., Aurora

When: Thursday, October 15, 2009

Time: 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $85

Beneficiary: FACES - Family, Advocacy, Care, Education, Support

Host(s): Streeter McClure, author of "The Single Man's Guide to Cooking with Beer"

EMCEE: Pat Miller, the Gabby Gourmet

Executive Director: Debora Judish

Committee Members: Jeff Keil, Rick Lang, Nathan Moore, Christine Jones, Debora Judish and Talise DuBois

President(s): Susan Noble

Libations: The Vineyard Wine Shop

Catering: Chef Brian Laird, Barolo Grill; Chef Michael Bortz, City Bakery; Chef Tyler Wiard, Elway's Cherry Creek; Chef Alex Seidel, Fruition; Chef Elise Wiggins, Panzano; Chef Goose Sorensen, Solera; Chef Lancew Barto, Strings and Chef Wade Kirwan, Vesta Dipping Grill and Steubens.

Music: Eric Moon, Piano; Lionel Young, Violin; Kim Stone, Acoustic Bass

Sponsors: Gabby Gourmet, Roth Distributing, Rick Land, Susan Noble, Raw Land Solutions, The Vineyard Wine Shop, Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers, Dean & Carolyn Salter and Holme Roberts & Owen.

Quote of the evening: "We are truly appreciative of the community support in preventing child abuse, neglect and family violence." Debora Judish, Executive Director

Attendance: 150

Board of Directors: Susan Noble, President; Teresa Kerrigan, Vice Pres/Secy; Jeff Ehlinger, Treasurer; Ann Cooper; Jeff Keil; Rick Lang; Nathan Moore; Sarah Stoneking; Ed Swapp; Debora Judish, Executive Director

Blacktie Photos by: Jim Turley


 Cook-off judges Marty Meitus, left, with Amanda Faison and Carolyn Salter
Cook-off judges Marty Meitus, left, with Amanda Faison and Carolyn Salter

FACES (Family Advocacy, Care, Education, Support) provided food and wine at the highest level for their annual Grapes Against Wrath fund-raiser - paired with spirited competition between Denver's top chefs during two cook-offs.  Streeter McClure, author of "The Single Man's Guide to Cooking with Beer" emceed the evening and was the live auction host.  Pat Miller, the Gabby Gourmet, ably assisted Streeter during the cook-off.

Roth Distributing graciously opened their Aurora Concept Center to host the event. The Concept Center sports a collection of high-end residential kitchens, plus a spacious kitchen auditorium, a perfect site for the cook-off.  The chefs - Brian Laird of Barolo Grill; Michael Bortz, City Bakery; Tyler Wiard, Elway's Cherry Creek; Alex Seidel, Fruition; Elise Wiggins, Panzano; Goose Sorensen, Solera; Lance Barto, Strings; and Wade Kirwan, Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's - each used one of the model kitchens to showcase their food.

Excitement was built by the two cook-offs.  The first featured Chef Goose Sorenson of Solera pitted against Chef Lance Barto of Strings.  The second saw Chef Tyler Wiard of Elway's Cherry Creek go up against Wade Kirwan, Vesta Dipping Grill/Steubens.  A panel of judges had the enviable task of tasting the results.

Outstanding auction items included a Caribbean cruise aboard a beautiful yacht, and a 7-days at a Costa Rican home, a surprise auction item that delighted the FACES team.

FACES works on eradicating domestic child abuse through their Home Visitation Program. The program provides services for the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and family violence through:

  • therapeutic counseling
  • parenting education
  • case management
  • advocacy and support services

Visits are conducted weekly or bi-weekly (as the intensity of need diminishes). The length of service (which can range from three to eighteen months) is tailored to each family’s needs. Counselors also assist parents in accessing community health care and social services, housing opportunities, childcare, and other circles of support within their community. 

Programs are centered mainly in Denver, Jefferson, Adams and Arapahoe counties, with limited access in Douglas and Broomfield counties. They have been serving families and infants since 1974. For more information, log on to www.facesonline.org.

 

 

 

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