Grapes & Hops 2019

Posted on : 12 Mar 2019 | No Comments

KANDU’s Grapes & Hops proved to be another phenomenal success at The Armory. On February 15th, local Celebrity Pourers served samples of over 40 varieties of wine and beer, all competing for the coveted title of “People’s Choice Pourer,” an honor reserved for the guests’ favorite Celebrity team. Themed booth designs showcased each team’s creativity, including references to Willy Wonka, “Up North” featuring Sasquatch, Dolly Parton & Kenny Rodgers, the Rat Pack, fairies, pirates and hippies. Best Events prepared hors d’oeuvres that were not only delicious, but also paired well with the evening’s featured beverages. Additionally, thank you to Colony Brands for the delectable dessert donation and Sugarlands Distillery for the Jim Tom Hedrick’s Unaged Rye Whiskey, used to concoct a delicious and popular Rye Old Fashioned, with additional ingredients courtesy of Kerry. Duane Worden provided the perfect entertainment with his crowd-pleasing renditions of soft rock hits and a multitude of live and silent auction items were available throughout the evening. The top Celebrity Pourers were awarded for their success in selling tickets, and obtaining donations and sponsorships.

Congratulations to Our Winning Celebrities:

1st Place – Barry and Marci Brandt (Lanair) (

2nd Place – Jack Walden (Blackhawk Bank) and Seth Frisbee (TRICOR Insurance)

3rd Place – Amy Carey and Trish Reed (Mercyhealth)

People’s Choice – Kerri Harold, Mary Mortimer and Caitlin Donohue (Kerry)

A special thank you to our wine experts: Alice Blue and Mark Miller from Badger Spirits, as well as our beer experts, Wisconsin Distributors. Thank you to Rock County Brewing Company and Gray Brewing for the generous beer donations. KANDU would also like to thank our volunteer Celebrity Pourers, sponsors and donors who made this wonderful event possible. CLICK HERE for more photos from the evening.