Catholic Charities makes new treaty for Festival d’Vine

Catholic Charities’ annual Festival d’Vine has outgrown its San Marco Square venue and is putting down new roots on the Southbank. This year, the Nov. 3 wine-tasting fundraiser will be held under the shade of the neighborhood’s largest tree at Treaty Oak Park.
The 9th Annual Festival D’vine will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the park, 1123 Prudential Drive. The Grotto Wine & Tapas Bar, which has been an event partner every year, is coordinating with local wine distributors to provide samples of more than 200 wines.
Debbie Moore, development director for Catholic Charities, said the party needed a new home because it needed more room to spread out — and curb some of the costs associated with street closures and police presence on the square.
“We also felt parking would be a little easier as there are a few big parking lots that are available on the weekends around Treaty Oak Park,” Moore said. She added Suddath Cos. already had agreed to let patrons use its parking lot. “Also it was expensive to close the streets down around the square and have to pay for police supervision for the entire day.”
Moore said the group was determined to keep the event in the San Marco area so that the event’s many local restaurant supporters and patrons could still participate.
Neighborhood restaurants participating in Festival d’Vine include Akel’s Deli, Athen’s Café, bb’s, Biscottis, Bistro Aix, Burrito Gallery, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Chardonnay’s Catering, Havana Jax, Indochine, Matthew’s Restaurant and Catering, Mojo BBQ, Orsay, Pizza Palace, Sivada’s Cupcakery, Stonewood Grill & Tavern, Sweet Pete’s, Taverna, The Grotto Wine and Tapas Bar, The Loop, The Wine Cellar and Uptown Market.
Freudian Slip will perform live music at the event. The event costs $75 per person or $50 per person for patrons age 21-35, which includes all wine and food samples.  Tickets for the event can be purchased by going to Catholic Charities website at
www.ccbjax.org.

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