A Q&A with the Food & Wine Festival Chairs

2017 Food & Wine Festival Chairs: Jessica deLinde, Jen Burton, Camile Salleh and Caitlin McCarty

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Food & Wine Festival: A Kentucky Derby Affair!

May 6, 2017

 Preparations for the Food & Wine Festival are well underway! Food & Wine Festival Chairs Camile, Jessica, Caitlin and Jen gave us their insights on what they love most about the event and why it’s important to JLSD…

Q: Why were you drawn to chair the Food & Wine Festival this year?

A: With over 1,000 attendees, the F&W Festival is the biggest fundraiser event for JLSD. The money we raise is used to support our mission, including our community programs to support transition-age foster youth and training opportunities within the league.

 Q: What is your favorite part of the Food & Wine Festival?

A: Our favorite part is watching the derby race! The excitement is contagious. 2017 will be the annual event’s 19th year and the fun seems to grow each year. Can we also say the food and drinks? We partner with over 60 food and beverage distributors to make the day amazing!

 Q: What is the history of the Food & Wine Festival?

A: The event was originally named Island Divine that started as a small fundraiser held at 210 Maple. Each year, it had a different island theme. In 2013, it was renamed the Food and Wine Festival and introduced a Kentucky Derby theme for the first time. It was so popular, that we’ve kept the derby theme ever since.

 Q: Is the Food & Wine Festival important to the League?

A: Absolutely. As a non-profit organization, the funds we raise during the event are crucial to the continued operations of JLSD. The money we make goes directly to our mission to promote volunteerism, developing the potential of women through training opportunities and improving the community.

Q: How does the Food & Wine Festival connect us to the community?

A: Our fundraisers are the main avenue to reaching the public, and we use them not just to raise money, but also to promote all the amazing programs JLSD offers to the community.

Q: What has been the biggest benefit of being a leader in the Food & Wine committee?

A: Running an event this big is a huge responsibility and sometimes feels like organized chaos, but the friendships we make and the organizational skills we learn are invaluable.

Q: What can we look forward to at the Food & Wine Festival this year?

A: We’ll have delicious tastings, tons of auction items to bid on and great entertainment throughout the day. We’ll even be doing a big car raffle for a Subaru Forester lease with all the bells and whistles included! (Shout out to Frank Subaru for their huge donation!). We’ve also moved the day up to start at noon instead of 1pm so you can start the day earlier!

 Q: What is the most helpful way for a Junior League member to contribute to the Food & Wine Festival?

A: We need everyone’s help to spread the word about the event – by encouraging friends to buy tickets and acquiring sponsors. As we’ve been known to say…”No one can do everything, but everyone can do something to support JLSD”.

Join us on May 6th at La Jolla Cove.  Check us out at www.jlsdfoodandwine.com