About this event:
The Ellwood House terraces and gardens provide a picturesque setting for an evening of fine wine, unique appetizers, desserts, and live music from Craig Mathey. The wines will be selected by John McIntyre of Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits, with Hy-Vee Catering providing tasty appetizers and desserts. Other event highlights include self-guided first-floor tours of the Ellwood mansion and a silent auction of elegant offerings and gift certificates.
Tickets for Wine on the Terrace are $50.00 and should be purchased in advance. Only 200 tickets will be available, so don’t miss this great opportunity to experience wonderful food and wine in the incomparable setting of the Ellwood House Museum and Park. You must be 21 or older to purchase tickets for Wine on the Terrace.
Major Sponsor: Resource Bank
Silver Sponsors: Ronald Klein, Sharp Architects
Bronze Sponsors: Ameriprise Financial, Friends of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic
Live music at Wine on the Terrace is supported by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund.
Q. What is the suggested attire?
A. Garden party to dressy casual. The walking surfaces will be a combination of sidewalk, tile, crushed limestone, and grass. (The food tent will be located on the lawn with tables set on the crushed limestone drive.)
Q. What about wearing perfume and cologne?
A. Although the Ellwood House wine tasting is a laid-back event, we recommend not wearing perfumes or colognes. They can impact the senses and those of others near you.
Q. What size is a typical pour?
A. A typical pour is 1.5 oz. You may feel free to sample and spit the wine or simply drink it. We have plenty of food available, so the event is designed to drink your samples and enjoy the food.
Q. Will I leave the event hungry?
A. Hy-Vee will be prepared with many varieties of things to eat. They work with us on a custom menu that is sure to please. Our goal is for everyone to have a full stomach and enjoy trying a range of new wines. The Visitor Center will be open until 7 pm with desserts and coffee.
Q. What time should I/we arrive?
A. The event is run as an open house, with admittance anytime between 4 pm and 7pm. We recommend arriving by 5:30 pm to get the most value from your ticket. The first floor of the mansion will be open for touring from 4 pm until 6 pm.
Q. What if it rains?
A. We have a back-up plan that includes using both levels of the Visitor Center, including the exhibit galleries.
Q. Are bottles of wine available to purchase?
A. John McIntyre, Wine & Spirits Manager of Hy-Vee, will assist you in filling out order sheets provided within the event program. There is no pressure to buy anything beyond your admission ticket, but if you sample a wine that you want to add to your personal cellar, simply fill out the order form. Ellwood House will get 5% of any wine sales.
Q. How does the silent auction work?
A. You may sign up for a bid number by listing your name and telephone number. Once you have your unique bid number, you may bid on the silent auction items. Payment for auction winnings may be made by cash, check, or credit card.