by guest blogger Peggy Farley,
The Gourmet Getaway, organized by the Women in Business Committee of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, is an evening of food and fun which benefits a scholarship fund to help deserving local women as they re-enter the workforce. This year marks the 20th Anniversary for this fund that allocates one hundred percent of the proceeds directly to strong, courageous women in need of financial support to achieve their professional goals and personal success.
Dozens of restaurants, vineyards, bakers, caterers, markets and specialty food purveyors fill the room, offering delicious morsels and samples of their fare. One of these is the Talking Teacup, a full service Tea Room and Gift Shop located in a beautifully restored 250 year old Farm House at 301 West Butler Avenue in Chalfont. The goal of owner Kathy Heck is to provide a little respite from the everyday hustle and bustle where guests can sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast, lunch or snack and of course a wonderful pot of the best tea.
When you visit the website of The Talking Teacup you are greeted with the message, Steeped in History … Warmed with Friendship. How apropos that these words can also describe the Gourmet Getaway, a community event that The Talking Teacup has generously supported through the years. The similarities continue as you read. Each is well respected within the community. Both offer good food and quality time to share with friends. They have expanded and grown by adding personal touches and additional amenities over the years. And the ambiance, atmosphere, and experience provided will warm your heart and energize you.
Buckingham Valley Vineyards and Winery is the realization of a pipe-dream of owner Jerry Forest. It is also one of the first wineries to sell wine directly to the public allowable by the 1968 PA Winery Act only if the wines were made solely from local grown fruit. Today Buckingham Valley is among the largest of Pennsylvania’s wineries. Be sure to visit Buckingham Valley Vineyards at the Gourmet Getaway to sample some of the more than two dozen varieties of wine they offer. Their selections range from deep, oak-aged reds to light whites, as well as very dry to fairly sweet. You will be greeted by people who believe in the laid back attitude set by Buckingham Valley’s founders that there are no budgets, no quotas, virtually no staff (just family and friends), no distributors, no weddings, no guided tours (self-guided only), and no charge for visiting or tasting. Buckingham Valley Vineyards and Winery is located at 1521 Durham Road (Route 413) in Buckingham.
Borghi’s Restaurant, also in Chalfont, is a three- generation, family-owned and -operated restaurant. Chefs Dino Jr. and Scott Borghi are graduates of Central Bucks East. After honing their talents at other eating establishments, the brothers returned to their hometown to establish a unique dining experience that features an ever-changing variety of American continental cuisine. Attend the Gourmet Getaway to sample the culinary talents of Borghi’s. The delectable dishes and desserts, made from scratch, feature fresh ingredients.
The 20th Anniversary Gourmet Getaway – Cuisine for a Cause is planned for Thursday, March 21st, 2013, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Spring Mill Manor, 171 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland, PA. Tickets are $45 or 10 for $400. Information and additional details is available at their website. See the video below for some delicious shots from previous Gourmet Getaways.