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Becca Pearl of Vacaville, left, is poured a glass of wine as Josh Morris of Concord watches during the Solano Wine and Food Jubilee at the Specialty Event Center in Fairfield, Friday. The wine and food event includes a silent auction and benefits NorthBay Hospice. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Annual Jubilee means food, wine, fashion for a good cause

By From page A4 | April 26, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Garland Porter maintained a 27-year tradition Friday night at the annual Wine & Food Jubilee.

“I’ve been to every one,” said Porter, seated in the VIP area at the event. Porter didn’t even have to get up to get food and beverages. Friends carried in plates full of food for him.

He enjoys the wine and food, but sees the event as more of a social function for him.

“I see friends I haven’t seen in a long time,” he said. “I’m a people person.”

Porter has been lovingly called “Vacaville’s Professional Volunteer” for all the organizations to which he’s given time. Among them is the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation board. Proceeds from the Jubilee go to NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement Services.

That fact was not lost on the attendees.

Kurt Organista made the trip from Oakland upon the recommendation of a friend who knew he liked wine. While he was indulging in a favorite pastime, he was also supporting a great cause, he said. It was the perfect way to spend a Friday evening, he said.

“I think I need to head east more often,” Organista said.

He took time to look at the silent auction and envisioned taking home some “killer wines.” Organista hoped his fellow bidders weren’t quite as knowledgable and he would head home with the perfect bottle of wine in his price range.

Janine Lindsey of Vacaville shed her scrubs for a full-length evening dress to help out hospice. The emergency room nurse said the Jubilee is one of a few events people get out their finest clothes to wear.

She’s seen first hand how the money raised helps people. Her grandfather used hospice care and her mother is the oncology clinical pharmacist at NorthBay.

Justina Dombrowski supported the cause, handing out three flavors of macaroons, mini cupcakes, eclairs and shortbread cheese tartlets. She spent a week getting the food ready. Dombrowski is a one-woman operation whose business is called Just Delightful – A Cakery.

Bill Seiden was chairman for this year’s event and was pleased with the new venue, the Specialty Event Center on Chadbourne Road. It housed a Walmart store until a few years ago.

“You can see what we’ve turned it into,” he said. “This is a great place for people to have a great evening.

“The most important thing is why we are doing this. The funds raised make it possible to receive hospice services. This is a tremendous effort.”

More than 120 wine, brew and food vendors served the 2,000-plus ticketholders.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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  • BaseballmomApril 26, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Wow. I recall when Mark Sievers came to the door to sell tickets to this great event back in the late 80's. Looks like it has come a long way since then!

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 26, 2014 - 10:36 am

    This is the one fundraiser we never miss. It's a great cause and always a fun time. It's extremely well run and having been in the community for 55 years, it's like a huge reunion. Hat's off to the new venue. It's great, particularly after a rain, not to have to trudge through a non paved parking area. It's much more comfortable inside as well. The tents being narrow, tended to force people together and it could be difficult to get around. Now it's much easier to move around and stop and chat without being in other people's way. Well done!

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