Chalet Party Shoppe hosts tasting fundraiser to support local food bank


By: Geoff Lesar

James Maure / Tiedemann on Wines

ELKHART – Chalet Party Shoppe is once again offering samples of its products in a show of charitable support.

The 13th annual Wine, Beer and Spirits Tasting will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Chalet Party Shoppe at 667 C.R. 17 in Elkhart.

More than 80 varieties of alcohol will be available to taste, in addition to a silent and live auction. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance from store locations at 667 C.R. 17, Elkhart and 309 N. Main St. in Middlebury. On the day of the event, tickets will be sold for $30 at the door.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

“This is the first year we’ve done it for the food bank,” said Amy Fowler, district manager of the local chain. “In years past, we’ve done it for other charities, but this year we decided to do something that’s very local to try to help as many people as we can. There’s just such a need for it especially at this time of the year. People think of the food bank at Christmas and Thanksgiving time, but in the summer, the need is still there. So this should help them quite a bit.” 

Fowler said the hot items of this year’s tasting will likely be flavored moonshines. Five choices from manufacturer Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine will be poured, including a Harley Davidson Roadhouse Moonshine.

Nineteen tables in total will feature liquids like Upland Campside IPA, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon, Lexington Bourbon, New Amsterdam Mango Vodka and multiple selections of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and riesling wines, among others.

“With so many adult beverages, we feel it’s important to have food available for attendees as well,” Fowler said.

Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant and Rulli’s Italian Restaurant will provide small sample portions of their menu items. Grilled hot dogs will be also be offered to attendees.

Auctions items include two Lietu electric bicycles; a Schecter electric guitar courtesy of Jägermeister; a patio heater; a talking, can-dispensing refrigerator; small grills and coolers, most of which are stamped with brand logos.  

Fowler said the company hopes to raise more than $5,000 for the food bank.

“(People) can expect to have a really good time,” Fowler said. “Everybody that comes really, really enjoys it. It’s just a real fun, good-time atmosphere.” 

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