Long Meadow Ranch

Farmstead Restaurant Makes
"Corkage for Community" Grant to Land Trust of Napa County

Land Trust Night at Farmstead Restaurant on September 13th


September 8, 2010, St. Helena, CA 

Farmstead restaurant announced today the latest grant to be made by its “Corkage for Community” program. The recipient is the Land Trust of Napa County, which preserves the character of Napa by permanently protecting land. On Monday, September 13th at 6:30 PM, Chef Sheamus Feeley will make the grant presentation to Joel Tranmer, CEO of the Land Trust of Napa County. Land Trust members, volunteers, supporters and the broader community are all invited to join together for the presentation and dinner following.

Through its "Corkage for Community" program, Farmstead has taken a distinctive approach to restaurant corkage protocol. Instead of the typical $10 to $20 corkage fee charged for opening a bottle of wine brought to the restaurant, Farmstead collects a $2 fee for every guest's bottle. The unusually low corkage fee is donated to a different community-based not-for-profit organization each month.

“Our corkage program is a way we can promote Farmstead as a community meeting place and support our neighboring community at the same time”, says Chris Hall, one of Farmstead’s proprietors. "We want to encourage vintners, growers, and wine enthusiasts to come to Farmstead to show off their wines while at the same time contributing to our community," he added.

Established in 1976 by seven founding members, today the Land Trust has over 1,700 active members, hundreds of volunteers and has saved more than 52,000 acres – 10% of Napa County. The land trust conducts 50 to 60 field trips (hikes) each year, that are open to the public, on its permanent preserves. These properties are some of the most beautiful in the County.

  • Foote Botanical Preserve on Mt. George;
  • Wantrup Wildlife Sanctuary in Pope Valley;
  • Archer Taylor Preserve in west Napa;
  • Missimer Wildflower Preserve in Snell Valley;
  • Linda Falls on Howell Mountain; and most recently,
  • Dunn-Wildlake and Duff Ranches on Howell Mountain

"We are delighted that Farmstead has chosen to support the Land Trust," said Joel Tranmer, CEO. "Napa’s character is positively tied to land that is agricultural, scenic and bio-diverse. As the Land Trust continues to protect and steward land of this caliber, we are grateful for the attention and support that Farmstead has brought us.”

Chef Sheamus Feeley said, “By supporting this important community-building program, we are proud to assist in preserving Napa County agriculture and open space for the ages.”
Future "Corkage for Community "presentation evenings at Farmstead include:the Nimbus Arts Center in October (corkage for August).

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Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead is located at 738 Main Street in St. Helena. The tasting room for Long Meadow Ranch Winery in the historic Logan-Ives House is open from 11 AM to 6 PM daily. For more information, please visit www.longmeadowranch.com . Farmstead restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11:30 AM. Reservations can be made by calling the Farmstead restaurant at (707) 963-9181 or via Open Table.

Media contacts:
Colleen Gallagher (Colleen@GlodowNead.com), Glodow Nead Communications, (415) 394-6500