Ravine Vineyard has a long history of giving back to the community and the winery did it again Monday, with a picnic lunch in support of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum.
For two sessions Monday, Ravine welcomed guests under its backyard tent in St. Davids, with all proceeds supporting the museum.
Museum curator Sarah Kaufman said it's great to have support from businesses in the community.
“As with everyone else, we're all suffering because of COVID, and it's really nice to have a fun outdoor fundraiser where people can social distance and still enjoy some amazing food and wine of course,” she said during an interview at the event.
While Monday's picnic was more about the food than it was about history, the museum has fundraisers planned for later in the year that will “bring in more of the historical fabric of it.”
“But Ravine, it's a family-owned winery, it has a lot of heritage. They've owned this property for years and years and St. Davids has a lot of amazing history that contributes to Niagara-on-the-Lake's history and it's nice for us to to do an event out in the villages of Niagara … to show the community how we support all the communities of Niagara.”
Kaufman praised Paul Harber of Ravine for being one of many businesses that help the museum.
“He's really quite a gem for Niagara-on-the-Lake because of how much he promotes NOTL, promotes St. Davids, promotes all of the businesses and works on partnerships with various businesses.”
She added the picnic was the museum's first “sit-down” fundraiser.
Ravine's sales director Jennifer Moir said holding the lunch is just another opportunity to “give back to the community.”
“We have this great big tent here that we're not using Mondays and Tuesdays,” she said. “It's a great opportunity for them to come in and have a space that keeps people safe and social distancing during these times and raise a little bit of money.”
The food for the picnic (salmon or steak) was provided by Executive Catering Niagara, with drinks from Ravine.