A large crowd of wine, craft beer and art enthusiasts attended Toast the Earth, a wine and beer tasting and art exhibition for the benefit of the Davidson Lands Conservancy, on Friday, April 13th. The third annual Toast the Earth event was held at the Homewood Suites by Hilton® in Davidson.
An array of 7 local wines for the event were graciously provided by two local vineyards, Davesté Vineyards and Shadow Springs Vineyard. The two vineyards showcased an array of their popular varietals, which were paired with companion foods for the guests. In addition, the popular Davidson restaurant, Flatiron Kitchen and Taphouse, provided a selection of four outstanding craft beers from Highland Brewing Company of Asheville, NC. The beer selections were presented by Leah Wong of Highland Brewery, from Asheville, NC. Gourmet food selections to accompany the wine and beer were provided by the Healthy Home Market in Davidson.
Between wine and beer tastings, guests enjoyed a selection of delightful classical and popular songs played by harpist Jane Sprinkle and guitarist Randall Sprinkle. One of the highlights of the evening were the entertaining and informative food presentations by Charlotte Living Magazine Food Editor Heidi Billotto and Beverly McLaughlin of Beverly’s Gourmet Foods. During the evening, guests placed bids on prints of Davidson scenes, bird houses, and even a $1000 youth scholarship to attend summer camp at The Green River Preserve in Cedar Mountain, NC, donated by the friends and supporters of Davidson Lands Conservancy.
A very special thanks to all the featured local artists who showed selections of nature-themed artworks:
- Terry and Dennis Ammons-Winston Salem-Photography
- Sandie Bell-Mooresville-Acrylics, Pastels and Watercolor
- Douglas Dahlman-Mooresville-Intarsia wooden boxes of nature
- Russ and Nancy Gavitt-Davidson-Fine Art Photography
- Pat Lynch-Davidson-Landscape and Nature Photography
- Travis Maddox-Davidson-Acrylic paintings of farm and landscape scenes
- John Melius-Mooresville-Woodturner
- Dr. Ben Yarborough-Davidson- Landscape Photography