Grapes & Hops 2018

Posted on : 08 Mar 2018 | No Comments

KANDU’s Grapes & Hops proved to be a phenomenal success once again at The Armory. On February 16th, 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 the Candyland board game, vintage mobsters, college fraternities, the Prohibition era and Frozen. 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 blackberry moonshine, used to concoct a delicious and very popular Blackberry Sunset mixed drink. 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 – Kerri Harold and Elena Fischer (Impact Confections) (pictured above, left)
2nd Place – Andy & Tess Dongarra (Cabinet Country LTD & Flooring Unlimited/Johnson Bank) and
Cheryl Peterson & Katrina Pitas (SHINE Medical Technologies)
3rd Place – Kelly Zastoupil & Kimberly Clapper (Best Events Catering & Rentals) (pictured above, right)
People’s Choice – Kerri Harold and Elena Fischer (Impact Confections)

A special thank you to our wine experts: Alice Blue and Mark Miller from Badger Spirits, as well as our beer experts, Wisconsin Distributors. 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.