Wine Pairing Dinner at Bethel Woods Raises $27,000 for Youth Initiatives

BETHEL, NY (October 15, 2012) – Columbus Day Weekend kicked off on Friday, October 5 with a wine pairing dinner in the exquisite setting of the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.   The wine pairing dinner was Bethel Woods’ first community fundraising event, where 140 attendees gathered to support the children and young adult cultural experiences offered at Bethel Woods.

Addressing the sold out crowd, Bethel Woods Chief Executive Office Darlene Fedun explained, “We are focused on the potential and involvement of children and young adults in the arts and civic life.  Since 2008, nearly 20,000 children and young adults have benefited from engaging performances across nearly every genre… from classical and jazz music, to children’s opera, and educational programs about world cultures and significant events in American and global history.  Our goal is to expand our offerings.”

Darlene Fedun

The dinner was co-chaired by Tim McCausland, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Orange County Trust Company and Dan Teplesky, Superintendent, Monticello Central School District. With their support, the wine pairing dinner became a sought after event, selling out nearly a month in advance.

The five course dinner was prepared by Bethel Woods food service partner Ovations, led by Executive Chef Mark Woinoski, who recently won a gold medal at the third annual “Taste Exposure and Culinary Challenge.” During the wine pairing portion of the event, guests were escorted by culinary tour guide Ken Arnone, a Certified Master Chef and author of the recently published by “Paring with the Masters.”

To further support regional youth education, the dessert course was presented by Sullivan County BOCES Culinary Arts Program.   The students prepared 450 desserts, giving attendees the opportunity to choose from three different types of cupcakes.   Supplementing the students’ creations, Bake You Happy in Liberty, NY prepared delicious chocolate with red wine frosting. The Culinary Program at BOCES also won the Tenth Annual Chili Cook Off at Bethel Woods’ Harvest Festival this year, for the second year in a row.

The Dreaming Tree, proud sponsor of the wine pairing dinner, whose wines were developed by Steve Reeder and Dave Matthews provided wines featured during The Dreaming Tree Opening Reception & Cheese Course, with fresh, locally made cheese provided by Formaggio Cheese. New York State vineyards Knapp, Glenora, Palai and Pazdar all donated the wines served with the dinner.