Glory of the Grape, the annual fundraiser for the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund and other charitable efforts, was recently held at Chop 239 in the Esplanade. The event drew over 150 people and featured 17 wine selections paired with delicious samplings of gourmet food.
Guests enjoyed smoked salmon crostini paired with vintages of Occhio Douro Tons de Duorum White and Paul Blanck et Fils Pinot Blanc.Blackened beef tips with béarnaise sauce were outstanding with a generous pour of Charles Krug Divining Rod Red. A glass of Trefethen Dry Riesling was the perfect complement for sesame encrusted ahi tuna in a wonton cup with Asian slaw, while chorizo in a puff pastry was delightful with a splash of Milbrant Traditions Cabernet.
In previous years, the event had been held just across the way at CJ’s onthe Bay in the Esplanade. Dianna Dohm, Executive Director of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, said “The Chamber was very excited for this year’s Glory of the Grape. We can not thank Marco and Deanna Porto of Chop 239 enough for their hospitality. The new venue gave us more room to experience the fabulous food and learn about the wines from each sponsored table sommelier. We are so thankful that our community came out to support us. We also thank all our business members who donated to help us with our auction items.”
Chamber President Alex Parker of AP Builders served as auctioneer for the evening, keeping things fun and the bidding competitive. The eight auction packages included donated goods and services from Beach Daisy, Bella Florals by Theresa, Blue Mangrove Gallery, Cafe de Marco, Chef Laura,Ciao Bella, CJ’s on the Bay, Crazy Flamingo, Dolphin Explorer, Everglades Area Tours, Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek, Gulf Coast Clays, Island Country Club, Ario at JW Marriott, Kathein Jewelers, Key West Express, La Tavola, Malenda Trick Painting, Marco Golf & Garden, Marco Island Clothing Company, Marco Island Florist & Gifts, Marco Island Mattress Company, Marco Island Princess, Marco Movies, Naples Zoo, Olde Marco Inn & Suites, Physicians Regional, Rick’s Island Salon, Rookery Bay Reserve, Sand Bar, Siegel Dental, Snook Inn, The Speak- Easy, Stan’s Idle Hour, Stepping Stone Echo Tours, Sunshine Booksellers, and Tigertail
Dianna Dohm expressed her gratitude to all who made the event successful, saying “A special thank you goes to our Chamber Board of Directors who assisted with ticket sales, and as always, to Katie O’Hara and Donna Niemczyk of the Chamber for making this event one of the best ever!”