Long Meadow Ranch

Farmstead Restaurant Makes
"Corkage for Community" Grant to St. Helena Community Pool

St. Helena Community Pool Night at Farmstead Restaurant on July 19th

July 9, 2010, St. Helena, CA 

Farmstead restaurant announced today the latest grant to be made by its “Corkage for Community” program. The recipient is the St. Helena Community Pool, which is the only public swimming facility in St. Helena . On Monday, July 19th  at 6:30 PM, Chef Sheamus Feeley will make the grant presentation to Jane Skeels, treasurer of the St. Helena Community Pool board.  Members of the St. Helena Community Pool volunteers, U.S. Masters Swimming, the St. Helena Swim Club, 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.

Founded in 1988, the St. Helena Community Pool, Inc. completely funds the operation of the facility located at St. Helena High School.  The organization provides support for the purchase of all chemicals and supplies.  In addition, it pays the salaries of two part-time employees who maintain the filters, pumps, heater and other equipment, clean and vacuum the pool, and keep the deck area safe and clean. The organization relies on donations to ensure that the groups using the pool, including Red Cross, City recreational swimming, St. Helena Swim Club, and U.S. Masters Swimming do not have to fund the maintenance of the pool.

Through the efforts of a small, dedicated group of volunteers, along with the financial support of the community, the organization has been been able to offer many of the services of a public swimming facility.

St. Helena Community Pool provides:

  • fitness swimming for adults through a U.S. Masters program and water aerobics
  • swim lessons through the Silverado Chapter of the Red Cross
  • afternoon recreational swimming for the community through the St. Helena Recreation Department
  • competitive swimming for local children through the St. Helena Swim Club (the Waves).

"We are delighted that Farmstead has chosen to support the St. Helena Community Pool," said Jane Skeels, board treasurer. "We are extremely grateful for support of such a vital community need. Our pool is the only public swimming facility in St. Helena and we are proud of the fact that our small, dedicated group of volunteers has been able to offer so many services to the public."

Chef Sheamus Feeley said, “By supporting this important community-building program, we are proud to assist in providing services to community members of all ages.”

Future "Corkage for Community "presentation evenings at Farmstead include: Rianda House in August (corkage for June); Land Trust of Napa Valley in September (corkage for July); and 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.

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