Wine Tasting at the Inn: Match Made in Heaven

by Jan Davies McDermott on June 1st, 2012

When local chef Lori Shepard of Simply Scrumptious Catering and Boulder, CO sommelier B. Jonathan Balliet of Wine Dark Sea Consulting collaborated on the ATHENAPowerLink Wine & Food Pairing Event, it was a match made in heaven.  Four Australian wines were presented: Small Gully Robert's Shiraz, St. Kilda Chardonnay, First Drop Cab/Shiraz Blend, and Clare Valley Pikes Riesling graciously donated by Arbor Beverage Distributing.  Paired with the most amazing food selections, the tasting received rave reviews from all of the supporters of the local ATHENAPowerLink Program, many of whom placed orders through Morgan and York to further benefit the program.

ATHENAPowerLink Program is a business mentoring program that selects a woman-owned business, assesses its needs, assembles an Advisory Panel of experts, and works with the woman for one year to help her transform her business for future growth and increased profits. 

"This program is an important contributor to economic development in Washtenaw County", said Jan Davies McDermott, who administrates the program.  "The women who have participated in the program in the past have made significant strides in the growth of their businesses, but more importantly, the program has shown them the importance of looking at their businesses through the eyes of others, opening themselves up to the suggestions of experts, and making sensible  infrastruture changes for their business that will allow them to grow." 

A typical Advisory Panel will consist of specialists in business and intellectual property law, accounting, management, operations, technology, human resource, integrated marketing, and sales complimented by industry specific specialists.   Past participants include:  Sharon McRill of Betty Brigade, Marisa Smith of The Whole Brain Group, Megan Torrance of TorranceLearning, Laura Spear of Washtenaw Door and Trim, Carol Kamm of Encore Online Resale, and Laura Morris of Cartridge World.  The 2012 participant is Lori Shepard of Simply Scrumptious Catering.    

Davies House Inn was pleased to raise funds to support this most worthwhile economic driver for our community.  Thanks to all of those who contributed to a most successful event. 

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