Long Meadow Ranch

Farmstead Restaurant Makes
"Corkage for Community" Grant to Rutherford Grange

Rutherford Grange Night at Farmstead Restaurant on June 7th

June 1, 2010, St. Helena, CA 

Farmstead restaurant announced today the latest grant to be made by its “Corkage for Community” program. The recipient is the Rutherford Grange, which has recently launched an ambitious program to build community programs to serve people across all of Napa County. On Monday, June 7th  at 6:30 PM, Chef Sheamus Feeley will make the grant presentation to Grange Master Susan Hirschy.  Members of the Rutherford Grange, the Rutherford Dust Soceity, 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 another way we can promote 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.

The Grange Hall along Highway 29 in Rutherford is familiar to local residents. But, the Grange as an organization is less familiar. Founded in 1867, the Grange is a fraternal organization originally created for American farmers that encourages farm families to band together for their common economic and political well-being. Adapting to contemporary times, the Rutherford Grange has recently launched an ambitious program under new leadership to build community programs to serve all people of Napa County.

In addition to undertaking a substantial renovation of the hall, plans include a number of exciting community-building projects:

• A collaborative Meal Program and Healthful Eating Series where chefs will provide live preparation demonstrations to the public.

• A Children's Chorus encompassing ages 8-18 to enhance children's lives through music and diversity.

• A Lecture Series for the general public. Topics may include: a Vintner Series, Solar Power, Wind Power, Water Conservation & Collection, Sustainable Living and Community Gardens/Gardening.

• An Art, Performing Arts and Music Program for the children of Napa County at the Grange Hall.  

"We are delighted that Farmstead has chosen to support the Rutherford Grange," said Susan Hirschy. "The Grange has a rich tradition of serving our agricultural community and as we extend our range of activities we appreciate the attention and support that Farmstead has brought to us."

Chef Sheamus Feeley said, “By supporting this important community-building program, we are proud to assist in extending the Grange's agricultural heritage to the broader community.”

Future "Corkage for Community "grant recipients include: Community Swimming Pool in St. Helena (corkage for May) and Rianda House (corkage for June).

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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.

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