Virtual Wine-Tasting Fundraiser Raises Meals for Community

  You can support local wineries, a local cheesemonger, and Corvallis community meals in a virtual fundraiser hosted by It’s On Us Corvallis and First Alternative Co-op on Sunday, June 21, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $100 each, and include a tax deductible donation to IOU Corvallis, a $75+ valued wine and treat basket from First Alternative Co-op, and an hour of virtual tasting instruction and conversation with local wine and cheese experts. Each ticket purchased will provide five meals for community members in need.   

The wine basket will include three bottles of local wine, curated cheese, and other treats. Guiding participants through the wine-tasting experience will be  local wine expert Heather Smith, with over two decades of industry experience. A live Q & A session will follow, featuring Merrilee Buchanan, winemaker at Tyee Wine Cellars, and Mariano Battro, owner and cheesemonger at La Mariposa Cheese. Each will speak to the current environment for each of their speciality food businesses, how they have adapted, and their path forward.  

Tickets are available online through Wednesday, June 18. With email purchase confirmation, participants may pick up their baskets at the First Alternative Co-op South Store at 1007 SE Third Street on Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20. Those who can afford to are encouraged to purchase a ticket to be donated to the community. Event organizers will host a raffle and give away the donated tickets.  

It’s On Us Corvallis, a project of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Food Action Team, is organized and run by a small group of volunteers who are passionate about food security, boosting the local economy, nourishment, and trust. IOU Corvallis raises funds from the community that are, in turn, paid to local restaurants to provide hundreds of meals each week to community members who need a boost – no questions asked. The project was launched in April in response to the coronavirus pandemic, in an effort to support local restaurants and local residents. More than 4,000 meals have been served to date.  

For more information about IOU Corvallis, visit the Sustainable Corvallis and IOU websites.    

By Stevie Beisswanger