Collective Spirits Wine and Food Festival 2015
During the weekend of May 14 through 16, 2015, The Bascom will present one of the Southeast's premier wine and food events for the culinary pleasure of more than 650 ticketed guests. With more than 11 different events over three days, this fundraising weekend is the single largest fundraiser for The Bascom, ensuring that the unique education, exhibition and community outreach will continue for the year to come.
Exclusive Benefactor Events
The Collective Spirits Thursday exclusive benefactor-only dinners will feature notable chefs and wines, expertly paired and showcased in the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau's finest homes. Friday evening’s Stock Your Cellars Market
will boasts dozens of award-winning vintners offering tastings of an impressive and varied selection of wines for sale by the discounted case—all to benefit The Bascom!
On Saturday, Collective Spirits culminates with an elegant seated meal and live auction conducted by wine-specialist Greg Quiroga
(Stellar Fundraising Auctions) at Highlands Country Club. Over the years Quiroga's impressive ability to engage patrons and his unparalleled knowledge of fine, collectible wines lend an expertise to the auction leading to exponential increases in net proceeds year after year!
Sam Etheridge, Ambrozia, Asheville
Chris Hall, Local Three, Atlanta
Andy Henderson, Edmund's Oast, Charleston
Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch, Altanta
Sam McGann, The Blue Point, Duck
Vinson Petrillo, Zero Cafe + Bar, Charleston
Ryan Prewitt, Pesche, New Orleans
Ken Vedrinksi, Trattoria Lucca, Charleston
2015 Collective Spirits Committee
Glo Ghegan and Mike Campbell, Co-Chairs
Elk Cove Vineyards
The Gabrielle Collection
The Grade Cellars
Grassi Wine Company
John Anthony Vineyards
Rex Hill, A to Z & Francis Tannahill Wines
Throughout the weekend, Andrea Robinson, MS, will join us as a Special Guest Sommelier. Robinson, one of the only 21 female Master Sommeliers in the world, couples this distinction with a strong culinary pedrigree as a graduate and former dean of the French Culinary Institute and the winner of three James Beard Foundation Awards.
We are please to welcome, Andrea Robinson, as a special sommelier for the weekend's events!
In addition to her impressive resume on the ground, Andrea is a valued partner of Delta Air Lines, and has helped to create their award-winning In Flight wine experience at 35,000 feet.
What are the Demographics of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau?
Highlands, North Carolina has been rated by the Wall Street Journal
as the 99th most affluent town in the U.S and is also home to five Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence. In addition, the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau boasts more than 20 private golf and tennis communities within a 15-mile radius, each serving haute cuisine and fine wines. Collective Sprits is widely promoted in the Southeast by The Bascom and media coverage includes articles in regional and wine specific magazines. Festival attendees come from Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston,
New Orleans, Orlando, Naples, Palm Beach, Memphis, Nashville, Birmingham and Sea Island among many touted locales.
Collective Spirits is Proudly Sponsored by:
The Bascom office water of Collective Spirits