Salute`! A Festival of Wine & Food

by | Jul 5, 2018 | Recreation

Salute! – A Festival of Wine & Food
A Benefit for Cottonwood, Inc.
Lawrence, Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Cottonwood, Inc.’s nineteenth annual Salute! – A Festival of Wine and Food returns to Lawrence July 12 – 14, 2018. Salute! is presented by Standard Beverage Corporation and The Oread Hotel. Salute! offers participants the opportunity to sample more than 250 wines and taste gourmet cuisine, while benefiting Cottonwood, Inc., a not-for-profit provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The three-day food and wine extravaganza begins with the Mass Street Mosey on Thursday, July 12 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Participants enjoy fine wines, beer and tasty hor-doeuvres at fourteen different venues while strolling through the special ambiance of downtown Lawrence.

On Friday, July 14, the Winemaker Dinner, featuring wines from Ruffino Wines, will again be a gourmet delight. The five-course meal, held at and prepared by The Oread Hotel will be paired with fine wines from Ruffino Wines. The Oread Hotel is located just beside the campus of the University of Kansas at 1200 Oread Ave. The evening begins with a wine reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner served at 7:00 p.m–Friday’s event is currently sold out!

The Festival culminates with the Grand Tasting, held Saturday night, July 14th at The Oread Hotel. From 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. attendees can sample fine wines and gourmet cuisine from these local restaurants and caterers: Biggs BBQ, Dillon’s, Genovese, Paisano’s, Merchants Pub & Plate, The Olivia Collection, RND Grille, 6 Mile Chop House, Bon Bon and 23rd Street Brewery. Attendees can also browse and bid on the silent auction as well as the outstanding live auction conducted by the Nigro Brothers of Kansas City.

Tickets for the Thursday and Saturday events are on sale now. Mass Street Mosey tickets are $60, and Grand Tasting tickets are $75 per person. Attendees must be 21 years of age for all events. To purchase tickets, go to or call Cottonwood, Inc. at (785) 840-1604.

Cottonwood, Inc. provides a comprehensive array of services to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Douglas and Jefferson counties. Cottonwood’s mission is to help people with disabilities shape their own future.

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