When we were asked to help plan the Winemakers Dinner at Jonathan Edwards Winery last February, I could not stop myself from doing a little happy dance. The vineyard is not only one of my favorite spots in Connecticut, but it has also been the location for some of our prettiest weddings.
Diana was there the day of to make sure it all went down according to plan. Here’s what she says:
The Winemakers Dinner is an annual soiree where the winery’s case club members have the chance to wine and dine and enjoy a night out. It was chilly then in February, but no one remembered as soon as they were greeted with a smooth glass of wine and impeccable hors d’ouevres courtesy of Gracie’s in Providence Catering. Our taste buds were in for such a treat that evening as Gracie’s prepared a five course meal including gnocchi, monkfish, and the freshest ingredients while pairing it with Jonathan Edwards’ libraried wines. I highly recommend the Napa Valley Zinfandel Port!
One of my favorite moments was the enlightening video that our good friend, Mike Cyr from Buzz Media compiled of behind-the-scenes wine making, from grape to bottle. There were a few special moments of the Jonathan Edwards Winery team as well–what a fun camaraderie! It was such a pleasure to be a part of that night!
Anthony DeCarlo was on hand to capture the whole evening on film.
For this winter dinner, which took place in the Barrel Room, we wanted a look that was clean and masculine. To achieve that, we drew inspiration from one of the masters of menswear, Ralph Lauren. His classic styles were the perfect inspiration for creating a mood that felt luxurious, yet still relaxed.
On the tabletop, twine wrapped menus were folded into textured napkins, and cream-colored linens helped add a warm glow to the room. Lush floral arrangements from Blush Floral Design sat in sturdy urns and were accented with feathers and pops on burgundy. For a final touch we couldn’t resist surrounding each table with sleek ghost chairs.