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Bon Vivant Event Benefits Centaur Stride

August 27, 2009
By S. Alexander Gerould

MAYVILLE - Things were cooking at Chautauqua Suites on Saturday.

As part of America’s Grape Country Week, several local restaurants and wineries, along with some from out of the area, gathered to offer visitors a taste of their best dishes, wine, beer and mixed drinks. Proceeds from the event benefitted Centaur Stride, a therapeutic riding facility in Westfield.

“It’s an upscale culinary, wine and spirits event,” said Karlyn Monroe, a representative of Centaur Stride. “Things are great. Everybody’s really happy with it, everybody’s really impressed.

Visitors to the event had the option of choosing from several samples from restaurants such as Olives in Mayville and The White Inn in Fredonia. Meanwhile, they could also grab a glass of wine from wineries such as Johnson Estate and Noble Winery, both of Westfield. Guests could also try a sample of beer from the Southern Tier Brewery.

“I think the concept is very new to the area and a lot of people have to see it to totally understand what we’re trying to do,” Ms. Monroe said.

Prior to the tasting event, a wine pairing lunch was held at Olives, as well as a VIP cocktail reception and a Champagne brunch.

Individuals could also bid on several items during a silent auction.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community,” Ms. Monroe said. “It’s a great opportunity for Centaur Stride.”

Ms. Monroe said her organization hopes hold a similar event every year.

“We’re planning on doing it every year,” she said.

She’s also hopeful the event drew some attention to Centaur Stride and the services the organization offers.

“People don’t know about the therapeutic riding facilities that are out there right now,” she said. “Equine therapy is so beneficial. it treats people with all kinds of disabilities including cognitive, emotional and physical.

“We want to get the word out there,” she continued, “and we want to get the word out that we’re (Centaur Stride) here.”



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