Scene & Heard: Meals on Reels

Pictured: Kelly Holmes, Tom Grazio and Jerry Edwards If you're going to see a movie about wine, why not start the evening with exactly that? That was the thought behind "Meals on Reels" Wine Tasting and Movie Night, benefiting Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. Event chair Jerry Edwards arranged a screening of the 2008 movie " Bottle Shock," about the first time a California wine won top honors at a French wine tasting in 1976. But first, the audience would get a wine tasting of its own. As dozens of folks arrived at the Charles Theatre, they were greeted with a glass of bubby, handed to them by grants manager Toni Gianforti, and executive director Tom Grazio gave them a warm welcome. Then, it was on to sampling both red and white wines. And who needs popcorn, when there was prosciutto and other antipasti there for the nibbling? Susie Chisolm, Executive Welcome president/owner, loved the whole idea of the evening. "I thought, what fun! And this cab is great," she said as she tasted a red wine with Karen Jacobs, board member. "Any time there's wine involved, it's going to be a fun night," said Kathy Goldstein, Griffin Ltd. owner. Catherine Max, board president, was clearly in the spirit of the party, as she carted two long ribbons worth of raffle tickets over her arm. She pointed out that this was the 50th year that the non-profit had been delivering meals to homebound people. And she had dressed accordingly. "This is our golden anniversary: gold, gold," she said, pointing to her gold colored shawl and gold necklace. "It's about healthcare, and it's about seniors. So it's great to see people here who support both," noted Victor Martinez, Very Care CEO. "I'm psyched," enthused Anne West -- board vice president, who had brought along friend Randi Pupkin, Art with a Heart executive director. This was an introduction to both the charity and the movie for Giacomo Alari, an export team member for the Italian winery Cantina di Montalcino. Visiting from Italy, he had come to the event with Filippo Lapides, Wine Wave fine wine manager. Alari had no problem reading the history of Meals on Wheels on posters set up around the theatre lobby. But he wasn't so sure about the American-made movie. "I hope it has Italian subtitles," he said with a smile. -- Sloane Brown
Colby Ware, special to The Baltimore Sun
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