First ‘Bourbon & Bowties’ soirée scheduled for April 26

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MOSES LAKE — It’s a night for a little wine – or a little bourbon, if one is so inclined – a contest among local restaurants, a little jazz, best bib and tucker and a little fundraising for the Samaritan Healthcare Foundation. The first “Bourbon and Bowties” soirée is scheduled for April 26 at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

A few tickets are still available, said foundation director Gretchen Youngren. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased by calling 509-793-9645 or emailing foundation@samaritanhealthcare.com.

Proceeds from the dinner will go to the current foundation project, the purchase and installation of a new MRI machine at Samaritan Hospital. It’s a full-on black tie and ball gown affair, with formal wear – including bow ties – requested.

The evening will feature at least 10 wineries, at least three breweries and at least one distillery. Seven restaurants and the hospital’s food service department will be competing in five categories. Jazz singer Melissa Cunningham, Tri-Cities, will be performing during the evening.

Participating wineries include Camas Cove Cellars, Moses Lake; Chris Daniel Winery and Errant Cellars, Quincy; Winchester Estate Winery, Ephrata; Tsillan Cellars, Chelan; Milbrandt Vineyards, Prosser; Gordon Estate Winery, Pasco; Tagaris Winery, Richland; Merry Cellars, Pullman and Sno Road Winery, Echo. Ten Pin Brewery, Moses Lake, will be joined by Rocky Coulee Brewing, Odessa and Iron Horse Brewing, Ellensburg. Heritage Distilling Company, Gig Harbor, will be serving spirits.

Restaurants participating include Michael’s on the Lake, Michael’s Bistro, Rock Top Burgers & Brew, Pillar Rock Grill, Porterhouse Steak House, Tacos El Rey, Pita Pit, all in Moses Lake, and Uggy-Boos, Ephrata. They will be joined by Samaritan’s food service department. Restaurants will compete for the best appetizers, a first course, entree or dessert, and overall.

With all those opportunities for conviviality, Cacchioitti Orthodontics will be sponsoring a shuttle from the fairgrounds to locations around Moses Lake only.

Organizers have planned a “lucky chance drawing,” for a series of what they are calling “auction experiences.” Each of the 10 “experience” packages is about, well, experiences. The Arizona Getaway includes airfare, lodging and credits for activities like golf or spa time. The sports package includes tickets to football games and accommodations. Another package includes private cooking classes at a local ranch, with dinner included.

Hospital officials have purchased a new MRI, but Washington Department of Health officials rejected the proposed location inside the hospital. A new location has been chosen, but it will require a new building next to the emergency room.

The foundation committed to raising $400,000 for the project, Youngren said.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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