Long Meadow Ranch

Farmstead Restaurant Makes First "Corkage for Community" Grant to St. Helena High School FFA Program

FFA and 4-H Night at Farmstead Restaurant on May 10

April 26, 2010, St. Helena, CA 

Farmstead restaurant announced today the first grant to be made by its “Corkage for Community” program in the amount of $3,000. The first recipient is the Future Farmers of America (FFA) agricultural education program at St. Helena High School.  Monday, May 10th, will be "FFA Night at Farmstead" and will feature a grant presentation and a 25 percent discount for FFA and 4-H members and their families dining at the restaurant.

Farmstead has taken a distinctive approach to restaurant corkage protocol by creating its "Corkage for Community" program. 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.

Laura Mendes, a teacher in St. Helena High School’s Ag Program, is thrilled at the largesse, “It was a tremendous compliment that they would support our program in such a generous way.”

On Monday, May 10 at 6 PM, Chef Sheamus Feeley will make the grant presentation to the FFA chapter president at Farmstead restaurant. After the presentation, any person wearing a FFA jacket or 4-H uniform will receive a 25 percent discount on their table’s dinner check.

Chef Sheamus Feeley says, “By supporting these important agricultural education programs we assist in the future of local, sustainable farming.”

Future grant recipients include:  Rutherford Grange (April) and the Community Swimming Pool in St. Helena (May).

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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