March 3, 2023
Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens
Beaujolais, originally scheduled for November 4, will now be held on March 3, 2023. (And, yes, we will still be at the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens!) Thank you for purchasing your tickets!
Our focus has been shifted to ongoing emergency relief efforts in our community, working to meet the needs of individuals who were impacted by Hurricane Ian. While fundraising and community outreach are crucial to our mission, it is imperative that we focus all attention on both the immediate and long-term needs of our community at this time, as Charlotte County continues with its recovery efforts. We look forward to raising our glasses with you in March!
Friday, March 3, 2023
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE DUE TO HURRICANE IAN.
United Way of Charlotte County invites you to join our Board of Directors at our 8th Annual Beaujolais. The event grows every year and we would love to celebrate with you.
Enjoy tapas, music, and wine tasting at a beautiful location showcasing a natural setting and spectacular botanicals in the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens. Chef Jason Osborne and his students will return with another outstanding menu, plus more!
Sponsorships and Ticket Packages are on sale now.
Patti Haley-Herndon walked away from a successful career of 17 years in banking and finance to follow her dream of operating a shoppe that would merge her twin passions of wine and chocolate, highlighted by her ascension as a sommelier from the Guild of Sommeliers and her notable talent for crafting artisan chocolates developed during her 15 years in the restaurant industry. A graduate of Ecole Chocolat she continues to find new and exciting ways to showcase flavor and art.
Patti tirelessly donates her time to an array of philanthropic ventures such as Habitat for Humanity and animal sanctuaries CROW and Octagon. Patti’s father was a World War II Veteran and she has spent hours aiding veterans with Medicare, financial planning, and retirement planning. Further interests include a love for aviation (over 120 hours in a single-engine Piper Warrior), scuba, photography, and of course, her husband, Stephan.
Haley Handcrafted Chocolates, llc was established in 2015, with Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine, Inc in 2016. In 2018 we expanded to Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea, inc to bring the Downtown Experience full circle.
Chef Jason Osborne, has been head instructor at Charlotte Technical College culinary program since 2006. He completed the program himself as an adult, graduating from Culinary Institute of America, and working in the industry before returning as a teacher. He has utilized his skill, education and work experience to better several restaurants and employees in Georgia, Florida and New York to improve the customer’s experience.
If you tried the Cassata Sonoma wine at our HOPE for the Holidays Block Party, you know how incredible it is, and you won't want to miss an opportunity to sip a little more! We will have Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.
We expect this signature event to sell out. Do not wait to purchase your tickets!
We are happy to announce Daniel B. Dau, Certified Sommelier, will be with us at Beaujolais. He is an expert on Cassata Sonoma Wines.
From Daniel B. Dau: A week before my 21st birthday, I had the privilege of being hired by the sommeliers at Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa FL, the largest private collection of wine in the world. The first wine they saved for me to taste was an 1830 Malmsey Madeira. Needless to say, I have been hooked ever since on fine wine and wine culture. I have managed many exceptional wine collections and love sharing what I have learned along the way with others.
Thank you 2022 Beaujolais Sponsors!