EASLEY — Fine wine, moving music, and a menu to die for certainly made giving to charity that much easier Aug. 9 at Starving Artist Café in downtown Easley.
Supporting charitable ideas such as pet adoptions, veterans, the environment, U.S. troops, breast cancer awareness, autism, ending childhood hunger, and AIDS awareness is noble to begin with, but when it’s as easy as wine, that makes it so simple and something many already enjoy.
“The One Hope idea was started by Robert Mondavi Jr., with each wine going to help support a particular cause,” said Vicki Ciplickas, owner and organizer of the wine tasting. “Fifty percent of the proceeds from each bottle goes to the charity it represents and there has already been over $1.5 million donated to date.”
The Starving Artist Café is one of the few locations in South Carolina or on the East Coast where the wines may be sampled and Ciplickas is quick to point out some of the benefits of being a partner in the charitable program, none of which have to do with her restaurant.
“There’s a lot of good that comes from this and more than just some of the proceeds being used for the charities,” she explained. “Some wines will plant a tree in an American forest while another will pay for a mammogram for someone who can’t afford it.”
A packed house was treated to the entire menu of One Hope wines and wasn’t left lacking for something more substantial on the palate. Chef Anne’s menu for the night included Eggplant Caponata, Asian Firecracker Shrimp, Veal Rolatini with Polenta, Bacon, Arugula and Avocado Pizza, Poor Man’s Beef Wellington, and a dessert creation titled One More for the Road.
The not-for-profit winery is one of the few in existence and the wines available through One Hope always channel half of their proceeds to charity not just during special events such as the one held Aug. 9.