Wine N Hop

Fifth Wine n’ Hop event raises more than $4,000 for Amherstburg Community Services

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

With more than 100 people in attendance, Amherstburg Community Service’s bi-annual Wine n’Hop was able to bring in a significant amount of money to help the organization with their 20-plus programs.

The bar-crawl style event is organized by ACS themselves, taking visitors to a handful of Amherstburg’s downtown restaurants to enjoy a unique culinary experience which helps to make Amherstburg such an attractive destination.

“The bi-annual event made its debut in 2015, and is now in its fifth iteration.,” explained ACS community awareness/fundraising coordinator Austin Tyrrell. “Since that first 2015 event, it remains the only bar-crawl style evening event in Amherstburg, and continues to provide a unique experience that complements a festival-rich town. We have provided free local transportation services at every event, in order to make sure that patrons have a safe ride home available.”

The fifth Wine n’Hop event brought attendees to five local restaurants, one of which was the Artisan Grill September 27 to taste some local wines and brews, and try a few of the restaurant’s appetizers.

Tyrrell said the event’s biggest strength is the quality of the participating restaurants. Since it began in 2015, they have seen six local restaurants plus the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 157 participate. This year’s event featured the Artisan Grill, Rosa’s, Beacon Ale House, and the Dalhousie Bistro, as well as the Legion which began and ended the event. Ticket holders were able to try one food item and one local wine or beer at each of the stops.
This year’s event sold out within two weeks.

Vanessa Mifusd has lived in Amherstburg for two years. She and her husband went to the first event shortly after they moved to town to get to know people.

“This year we’re meeting up with the first group that we met,” said Mifusd. “It was a chance to meet people and get to know what restaurants are available, how the food is and of course the local wines. When I retired from London, I was from the Ministry of Community and Social Services so I knew of different organizations in the area. I know it’s helping people and that’s always been first on my list.”

Tyrrell said the funds raised from the event allow ACS to continue to support a variety of programs they provide to families and individuals in Amherstburg, LaSalle, Harrow and even McGregor. Without them as the county connection, the next closest place to get many the services they provide would be Windsor.

“Support for the event seems to be strong, and it is our intention to continue to grow the event and provide even more memorable experiences moving forward,” said Tyrrell. “The Wednesday event raised nearly $4,000 for the small, local charity, thanks in part to their four sponsors: John D’Alimonte and Kim Wheeler RE/MAX Preferred Realtors, Dollars and Cents Investments Inc., Bornais Financial Services, and Tech-IT-Easy.”

Sold out crowd for Amherstburg Community Services’ “Wine ‘n Hop”

 

By Jonathan Martin

Once again, a sold-out ACS (Amherstburg Community Services) Wine n’ Hop set local restaurants abustle.

More than 100 people from around Windsor-Essex pleased their palates with fare from the Beacon Ale House, the Dalhousie Bistro, the Artisan Grill, Rosa’s Italian Restaurant and the Fort Malden Legion.

The proceeds from ticket sales, which ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo said she hoped would amount to around $6,000, will go towards a new ACS bus. By press time, no exact number was available.

But, given the success of the past few Wine-n’-Hops, DiBartolomeo said she hopes to expand the event.

“We’d like to start involving the (local) art galleries and retail stores in the next (Wine n’ Hop),” she said. “We’re hoping to have art on display and maybe some stores can model some of their fashions.”

The next Wine n’ Hop is scheduled for September.

Amherstburg Community Services Wine n' Hop patrons sit down for drinks and fingerfoods at The Beacon Ale House in Amherstburg last Wednesday evening.  Other restaurants involved with the event were Rosa's Italian Restaurant, The Dalhousie Bistro, The Artisan Grill and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Amherstburg Community Services Wine n’ Hop patrons sit down for drinks and fingerfoods at The Beacon Ale House in Amherstburg last Wednesday evening. Other restaurants involved with the event were Rosa’s Italian Restaurant, The Dalhousie Bistro, The Artisan Grill and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Sara Palmer, owner of the Beacon Ale House, said the event is a boon to both businesses and the community as a whole.

“It’s give-and-take,” she said. “We like to get involved and help out with Amherstburg Community services, but it also introduces the people coming out on this tour to our establishment. They’re potential future customers.”

Rosa’s Italian Restaurant was a last-minute addition to the Wine n’ Hop roster after The Cellar backed out due to a family emergency.

DiBartolomeo said she appreciates the way Rosa’s staff stepped up.

“I know it’s hard on the restaurant,” she said. “They only had a short while to put together their menu item.”

Palmer said the preparation involved is substantial, but well worth it.

“We like to put our best foot forward,” she said. “We really want to show what we have to offer. (The Wine n’ Hop patrons) are only here for a few minutes before they’re off to the next restaurant, so we want to give them a reason to keep coming back.”

DiBartolomeo said Amherstburg Wine n’ Hop, itself, will definitely be coming back. She said patrons “spoke very highly” of all the restaurants they visited.

“I can’t wait for September!” she said. “I’m very excited!”

Spring “Wine ‘n Hop” sold out, ACS plans next one for Sept. 27

 

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On April 10th, tickets for the Amherstburg Wine ‘n Hop, a bi-annual fundraiser put on by Amherstburg Community Services, went up for sale.  By April 14th, all 100 tickets had sold out and a waiting list was created to keep track of those still calling for tickets.

The seemingly endless demand for tickets to this small, locally focused event has turned it into a key attraction within the town of Amherstburg, and Kathy DiBartolomeo, ACS executive director, says they still have room to grow.

“When we first hosted the Wine ‘n Hop in 2015, we knew it had massive potential,” DiBartolomeo said.  “This is the sort of event that people look forward to for months, and the restaurants do such an excellent job in consistently meeting their expectations.  It really does make a strong case for Amherstburg and the businesses here, and we’re so proud to be a part of that.”

The May 10 Wine 'n Hop being presented by ACS has sold out but the fall event is planned for Sept. 27. (Adam D'Andrea photo)

The May 10 Wine ‘n Hop being presented by ACS has sold out but the fall event is planned for Sept. 27. (Adam D’Andrea photo)

After attending the event twice previously, and purchasing tickets for the upcoming iteration, Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce President, Carolyn Davies, adds that she believes the event provides a boost to small businesses in the area.

“I think it’s a really important event for this town,” Davies said. “Not only is it a lot of fun, it supports the small businesses in the area by providing an attraction right downtown where people can peer into the windows of shops and get excited for what Amherstburg has to offer.

The 2017 Spring Wine ‘n Hop will take place May 10, and is being sponsored by John D’Alimonte and Kim Wheeler RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd., Dollars & Cents Investments Inc., Bornais Insurance and Financial Services and Tech-IT-Easy.  It will include food and drink samples from Dalhousie Bistro, The Cellar Resto-Lounge, Beacon Ale House, the Artisan Grill and the Fort Malden Legion.  Tickets have sold out, however interested persons can call 519-736-5471 to be put on a waiting list in case extra tickets become available.  The event will start at 6 pm, with all attendees meeting at the Legion before breaking off into groups.

The 2017 Fall Wine ‘n Hop is scheduled to take place Sept. 27, 2017.

Fourth ACS “Wine ‘n’ Hop” proves to be popular

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A group of restaurants in the downtown core of Amherstburg were kept busy last Wednesday night thanks to Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

ACS presented its fourth-ever “Wine ‘n’ Hop” fundraiser with the event starting and finishing at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 with stops at the Artisan Grill, Beacon Ale House, Dalhousie Bistro and Lord Amherst in between. Ticket holders got a chance to sample some food from each establishment and enjoy a drink.

People were divided into four teams during last Wednesday night’s “Wine ‘N’ Hop” that was presented by Amherstburg Community Services (ACS). Executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo (far right) leads the “Lager Legion.”

People were divided into four teams during last Wednesday night’s “Wine ‘N’ Hop” that was presented by Amherstburg Community Services (ACS). Executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo (far right) leads the “Lager Legion.”

“We have sold out,” said ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo. “We are very pleased.”

All 100 tickets were sold for the event, which was also held in May of this year. One addition to last Wednesday night’s event was the addition of sponsors, as realtors John D’Alimonte and Kim Wheeler along with Bornais Insurance and Tech It Easy came forward to help out. There was also the addition of a silent auction this time around.

“We would like to expand and are thinking of doing a weekend event,” said DiBartolomeo.

Enjoying the “Wine ‘N’ Hop” during a stop at the Dalhousie Bistro were (from left): Linda Souligny, Laurie Faucher and Rita Strysio.

Enjoying the “Wine ‘N’ Hop” during a stop at the Dalhousie Bistro were (from left): Linda Souligny, Laurie Faucher and Rita Strysio.

The event usually raises about $3,000 for ACS but DiBartolomeo added it is more than just a fundraiser. She said while they are grateful to the residents and businesses who help out, it is also a way for ACS to continue giving back to the Amherstburg community.

“We just enjoy being a partner and embrace the slogan ‘Amherstburg, You’ll Love it Here’,” said DiBartolomeo. “We have people from Windsor here and we think it’s a great way to expose people to Amherstburg.”

DiBartolomeo said the “Wine ‘n’ Hop” events are “a great way for people to sit down, meet new people and experience some of the finest restaurants in town. It’s a great way to experience what Amherstburg has to offer.”

ACS its planning the fifth “Wine ‘N’ Hop” for next May.

ACS sees increased success with second Wine ‘n Hop

 

By Adam D’Andrea

 

Amherstburg residents hopped around to five local restaurants last Wednesday night to eat, drink and give back to the community.

Amherstburg Community Services held their second bi-annual Amherstburg Wine ‘n Hop May 11. Those in attendance were treated to a beverage and food item from The Dalhousie Bistro, The Cellar, Beacon Ale House, The Artisan Grill and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 during the pub crawl-style event. ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo said the evening was a great way to bring awareness to the services they provide to the community.

Participants in Amherstburg Community Services’ Amherstburg Wine ‘n Hop file into the Beacon Ale House during the event May 11. Photo by Adam D’Andrea

Participants in Amherstburg Community Services’ Amherstburg Wine ‘n Hop file into the Beacon Ale House during the event May 11. Photo by Adam D’Andrea

“But it’s also a night to showcase Amherstburg, especially with the new slogan ‘Amherstburg, You’ll Love it Here,’” DiBartolomeo said. “We think it’s a great way to work together.”

The popularity of the Wine ‘n Hop has grown since the inaugural crawl. Around 80 people attended last Wednesday night, compared to 50 participants last fall. With growing numbers comes ACS’s desire to continue making the Wine ‘n Hop a bi-annual event.

“We’re just happy to showcase Amherstburg and bring awareness to all the services we provide in town,” said DiBartolomeo. “We’re grateful for the support of all the local businesses and the people participating.”

Funds raised throughout the night will be put toward supporting some of the events ACS puts on through the year such as their Backpack Giveaway and Family Fun Day, where students receive free school supplies, and Stuff a Stocking for a Senior.

DiBartolomeo said ACS hopes to have raised $2,000 during this installment of the Wine ‘n Hop. For more information about their services, visit the ACS website at www.amherstburg-cs.com.