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2015 Edesia Fundraiser benefitting Marillac Clinic

Savor premier food, wine, beer and spirits in an elegant, relaxed setting at the beautiful Wine Country Inn in Palisade
When Mar 29, 2015
from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Dr., Palisade, CO
Contact Phone 970.464.5777
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VIP Luncheon

  • Reservations at:
  • Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11am to 1pm 
  • Prepared by celebrity chefs
  • exclusive event, limited seating
  • One-on-one interaction with chefs
  • Chef-paired wines with cuisine 
  • $125 per person
  • $950 for table of 8
  • Must be 21 or older to attend

Chef Jesper Jonsson Will Lead Edesia Culinary Stars

Jesper Jonsson, Chef Educator at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, will be the headliner for the 2015 Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure on Sunday, March 29, at Wine Country Inn. He will create and prepare the menu for the VIP luncheon and participate in chef demonstrations.

Recently inducted as an Escoffier Disciple, Chef Jonsson’s background and training make him a natural leader for the Edesia team of Celebrity Chefs who will be demonstrating their culinary skills at Edesia this year. Before joining the Escoffier educator staff in Boulder, Jonsson was Executive Chef at Randolphs, Warwick Hotel in Denver.

“We are excited to have Chef Jonsson spearhead our culinary activities this year,” says Jack Ballenger, Food & Beverage Manager for Wine Country Inn. “I think the VIP luncheon will feature high end classical French Cuisine. Guests are in for a real treat.”

A native of Denmark, Jonsson trained in France at both Universite Paul Valery and Auguste Escoffier. With a solid background in French cuisine, he moved on to cook in Europe, New York and eventually Colorado for Danish diplomats, royalty, heads of state, captains of industry and a variety of film and sports celebrities. His guest lists have included such luminaries as Princesses Stephanie and Caroline of Monaco, Caroline Kennedy, Yoko Ono, Isabella Rossellini, Clint Eastwood, Roger Moore and Greg Norman, to name a few.

He speaks English, Danish and French. In a pinch, he can handle Italian as well.

With all his exposure, Jonsson is a down-to earth chef who takes pride in culinary simplicity, knowledge and perfect execution of his food. He has a love for Colorado game and meats and insists that Colorado lamb as absolutely equal to the best pres de sel from Brittany, France.

He comes by his love for Colorado from having lived and worked on the Western Slope and owned a popular restaurant in Meeker. Chef Jonsson has participated in Edesia for several years.

Joining Jonsson are Josh Niernberg, Executive Chef/Owner, Bin 707 Foodbar, Grand Junction; Graham Mitchell, Executive Chef, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Boulder and Tronette Alexander, Pastry Chef, Wine Country Inn.

Tickets for the VIP Luncheon from 11 am to 1 pm cost $125 per person are limited and will be sold on a first come, first reserved basis, either online or in person at the Inn. The VIP ticket also will admit a guest to the main event from 1 to 5 pm.

General admission tickets for Edesia, which will be hosted from 1 to 5 pm, on Sunday, March

29, cost $75 per person and can be purchased online at, on Grand Valley

Magazine’s website at or in person at Wine Country Inn in Palisade. Vendors are encouraged to register as soon as possible as booth space is limited For more information, call 970-464- 5777.

Edesia, which benefits Marillac Clinic, is named for the Roman Goddess of fine food and drink. Alpine Bank is the presenting sponsor, while Remy Martin, the French champagne and spirits giant, is principal title sponsor.

Other major sponsors include the Grand Junction Free Press, KKCO 11 News, Magic 93.1, The Vault 100.7, Grand Valley Magazine, Shamrock Foods, FCI Constructors, Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, Peczuh Printing, Dalby Wendland, Suzi Productions, Eagle River Associates, the Town of Palisade, the Palisade Chamber of Commerce and Wine Country Inn. 

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