Sponsorship Leads to a Special Invite

It's a grand way to say "thank you for your support," and if you want to get in on it, time is running out.

It's Open That Bottle Night, an elegant precursor to the 31st annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee. The invitation-only gala will be held on Feb. 24, and serves as a way for NorthBay Healthcare Foundation to honor and thank those who have agreed to become sponsors of the Jubilee.

The Jubilee is Solano County's largest fundraiser and it is a benefit for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement.

This year's Jubilee will be held May 19 at the Nut Tree's Harbison Event Center.

There is still time to become a sponsor, but space at Open That Bottle Night is limited. For information, contact Susan Cianci, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation program coordinator, at scianci@NorthBay.org, or call (707) 646-3131 for details.

Open That Bottle Night - initially created by wine columnists from the Wall Street Journal - has become an internationally recognized celebration held on the last Saturday in February. It's a time for friends and family to come together to share memories and that one bottle of wine that might otherwise have been considered too special to open.

In Solano County, Open That Bottle Night will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield. The evening gets under way at 5 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and a pouring of wines from Suisun Valley. Later, guests will be seated for a four-course wine and food pairing, prepared by Chef Peter Garcia of Ahi's Steak and Chop House.

After dessert, auctioneer Joe Gates kicks off a Live Auction that features such things as vacations to exotic locales, an instant Wine & Food Jubilee wine cellar, highly sought-after tours and luxury suite tickets to sporting events.

For more information, visit wineandfoodjubilee.org.