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Rhode Island's Needy High Priority for The Savory Grape - 5th Annual Savory Grape Fall Wine Festival Benefits Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Check presentation from 2009 wine festival. PICTURED IN PHOTO FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Jessica Granatiero, owner of The Savory Grape Wine Shop in East Greenwich, Rhode Island; Andrew Schiff, chief executive officer for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank; Lisa Roth Blackman, chief philanthropy officer for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. PHOTO CREDIT: David Dadekian, East Greenwich
Posted 8/22/11

EAST GREENWICH, RHODE ISLAND - The Savory Grape, one of Rhode Island’s leading boutique wine and spirit companies, will hold its 5th Annual Charity Fall Wine Festival on Saturday, November 5th to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, a statewide nonprofit organization that provides food to needy children and families and promotes solutions to the hunger crisis in Rhode Island.

The event will be held from 6-9pm at The Dorrance at 60 Dorrance Street in Providence.

The Savory Grape’s Charity Festival each year provides thousands of dollars to two of Rhode Island’s humanitarian nonprofit organizations: the Rhode Island Community Food Bank (RICFB) and the Rhode Island Community Action Association (RICAA).

“Since opening our doors in 2006, The Savory Grape has been committed to being a strong community partner making a difference to needy children and families throughout the state of Rhode Island,” said Jessica Granatiero, owner of The Savory Grape. “We are comforted knowing that proceeds from this year’s event will help feed hungry children as one out of every three meals served is to a child under the age of 18.”

Last year between ticket sales and an auction, The Savory Grape’s wine festival raised nearly $20,000 for the Rhode Island Community Action Association (RICAA). The festival raised $7,000 in 2007, $10,000 in 2008 and $14,000 in 2009. The fundraising goal this year is between $20-$30,000 for the food bank. The festival is successful in acquiring corporate sponsors, silent auction donations, raffles, and energizing community participation and support though ticket sales. The event has a history of engaging customers and the general public drawing at least 250-300 attendees.

“The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is incredibly lucky to have friends like Jessica and Nino Granatiero and we’re honored that The Savory Grape Fall Wine Festival will benefit the Food Bank again this year,“ said Andrew Schiff, chief executive officer of The Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “The event will help us meet the record level demand for food assistance in Rhode Island and everyone who supports and attends the Fall Wine Festival makes a difference in the lives of those in need in our community.”

“Awaited by area wine lovers each year, the festival is always a sold-out event which kicks off the holiday season,” said Granatiero. “Festival guests can look forward to many sought-after wines of rare vintage and limited release, by high regarded producers, while enjoying various culinary delights.”

Live and silent auction items include trips to vineyards, sporting tickets and collectible wines. Live music will be performed by The Karn Duo.

Tickets are $75 per person. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still currently available. For more information, call 401-886-9463 (WINE) or email jessica@thesavorygrape.com .

About the Rhode Island Community Food Bank (www.rifoodbank.org)

For almost 30 years, the RICFB has been collecting and distributing surplus food and grocery products to RI families. Millions of pounds of food are distributed into the community through its network of nearly 300 member agencies. One out of every three meals served is to a child under 18. With the state’s on-going economic struggles and high unemployment, the need for food assistance across the state is soaring.

About The Savory Grape Wine Shop (www.thesavorygrape.com)

The Savory Grape is one of the premier wine shops and online stores in Rhode Island. Its 1,700 square-foot shop carries a unique array of wine, craft brews and specialty spirits, not often found in other stores. A staff wine connoisseur, beer lover or scotch enthusiast is always on hand to assist with customer selection. The shop affords customers a chance to learn about their favorite wine - its taste, smell and characteristics - and choose from a vast international selection. The shop’s level of personal service, look and feel and carefully-selected inventory arranged in a customer-friendly manner make the shop a regular national destination- just like a favorite bookstore.

In 2010, The Savory Grape's Jessica Granatiero received the 40 Under 40 award by Providence Business News which honors the region’s most successful people under 40 years of age. She was also featured in the September 7, 2009 issue of Providence Business News. The Savory Grape is featured in the June 27, 2009 edition of The Wall Street Journal wine column on “Getting Help With Wine Choices” and has been mentioned as “Outstanding Wine Shop” by Wine Spectator Magazine (Jan/Feb 2009). The shop won the 2007-2011 Best Wine Shop - West Bay (Reader's Poll), 2007 Best Wine Newsletter (Editor's Poll), 2006 Best New Wine Shop (Editor's Poll) awards through Rhode Island Monthly. Owner Jessica Granatiero is a regular editorial contributor on wine to East Greenwich Magazine.

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