When Covid-19 made it difficult to get together in person, the silver anniversary of WineFest had a virtual event to continue to raise money for the M Health Fairview Masonic Child’s Hospital. On May 13-14, WineFest 25.2–a Toast to Children’s Heath, was finally able to celebrate its 25th anniversary in-person at the Depot at the Renaissance Hotel in Minneapolis.
On the evening of May 13th, guests enjoyed small bites from Twin Cities hottest restaurants and tasted distinctive wines from around the world at the Grand Tasting. After interacting with winemakers, and biding at the silent and live auction, guests danced the night away at the Grape Stomp After-Party. This two-day event raised more than $1.3 million for M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Childrens Hospital.
Chef Mike Decamp (second from left) and the Jester Concepts Team (Jester Concepts is a Minnesota owned Hospitality company; they own Borough, Parlor, Monello, Constantine, P.S Steak, and Butcher & The Boar)
Left to right: Brittany Christenson (Associate Development Officer, Community Partnerships of the University of Minnesota Foundation | M Health Fairview), Elizabeth Patty (Associate Vice President for Development- Medicine and Health at the University of Minnesota Foundation | M Health Fairview), Chef Mike DeCamp, Nicholas Engbloom (Director of Development, Community Partnerships, University of Minnesota Foundation | M Health Fairview)
Bryce Quinn (Café Latte owner)
Right to left: Jamie Yuccas (correspondent at CBS News) and Douglas Green
Right to left: Krista Forsberg, Nora Main, Erin Conroy
Veronica Kathuria (Honorary Wine Master – Wines of Argentina)
Left to right: Kodi Verhalen (Co-Chair for WineFest No.25), Gary Gabel, Joan Gabel (President of the University of Minnesota), Tim Verhalen
Left to right: Gabe Henderson and Tatum Everett (On-Air Talent for Minnesota Vikings), emcees for the night
Café Latte workers
Right to left: Jamie Yuccas (Correspondent at CBS News) and Douglas Green
Shea O’Gara and Emily Scheffler
Jason DeRusha and wife Alyssa