Inaugural Chefs Dinner – Letter To The Editor

Giving, to Clinic

Winchester Star, June 3, 2013

I have always known this community as being one of great compassion and philanthropy; demonstrated early on by the likes of John Handley and Charles Rouss.  I have experienced those attributes many times during my career in fundraising but seldom has it been as all-encompassing as it was on May 23, 2013. Winchester’s 1st Chefs Collaborative Dinner came together with one thought in mind “giving back” to benefit the Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley, Inc.

Everyone associated with the event gave-and gave compassionately.  The food, in the farm to fork philosophy, was given: Mackintosh Fruit Farm, Briars Farmstead, Hedgebrook Farm, Profish, Shawnee Springs Market, Locke Store, Virginia’s Finest and Notaviva Vineyards.

The culinary preparation was given: Chef Dan Kalber-Village Market & Bistro, Chef Brian Whitson-The Battletown Inn, Chef Patrick Evans-The Dancing Goat, Chef John Calder-Winchester Country Club, Chef Dan Cornish-Winchester Medical Center and Chef Kelsey Walkowiak-Village Square Restaurant.

The décor and ambiance was given: Bluebells, Twisted Oak Flower Farm and Winchester Country Club.  The generous attendees and donors gave.  Everyone gave and yet all came away full; full with collaborative spirit, full with camaraderie and with a full heart of good deeds.

Thanks to this wonderful community!


Media Contact:
Vicki McClelland, Executive Director
Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley, Inc.
301 North Cameron Street, Winchester, VA 22601