Annual Grape to Glass Gala scholarship benefit May 31

GRANDVIEW – The Vineyard and Winery Technology Program at Yakima Valley Community College will host its seventh annual Grape to Glass Gala-A Winemaker’s Dinner on Saturday, May 31, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

The event will benefit Vineyard and Winery Technology student scholarships.

Held at the Grandview Activity Center, located at 401 W. Second St. in Grandview, the event will include a dinner, wine tasting, a silent auction, live music and dancing.

The evening begins with a social and silent auction at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. dinner will be served. Music will keep attendees entertained. Dancing will follow at 8:30 p.m.

The Winemaker’s Dinner will include a four-course meal prepared by Guerra’s Gourmet Catering. The dinner will be paired with local wines, featuring two of YVCC’s Vineyard and Winery Technology first graduates; General Tasting Room Manager at Wilridge Vineyards Federico Lopez and Assistant Winemaker at Kestrel Vintners Cat Warwick. Wines from YVCC’s own Yakima Valley Vintners will also be paired with the menu.

Guerra’s Gourmet Catering was founded 27 years ago in Sunnyside. What initially started with a farm, soon became widely-known for gourmet salsas and pickled vegetables, ultimately expanding into catering.

Executive Chef Chris Guerra. Guerra incorporates his extensive culinary training in French cuisine with his Hispanic roots, resulting in an innovative menu.

In collaboration with YV-Tech Culinary Arts Program students will assist the caterer with dinner service.

Music will be provided by Smooth as Jazz. The duo of Pasente Loving and his wife Tiffany provide an enjoyable evening of dancing music mixing in the sound of jazz, R&B, pop, country and blues. Pasente Loving is originally from Anniston, Ala. He began playing semi-professionally for some of the world’s greatest leaders such as Jessie Jackson, Bill Cosby, and Dick Gregory. Tiffany Loving is talented singer originally from the Tri-Cities.

The annual Grape to Glass Gala proceeds supports students pursuing degrees and certificates and preparing to enter the workforce.

Tickets for the Grape to Glass Gala are available at the cost of $65 per person if purchased in advance by May 23. Tickets purchased May 24-28 will be available at the cost of $75 per person.

Tickets are on sale now. Call 509-882-7037, email or purchase them online at


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