Iron Vintner Challenge raises more than $29,000 for Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center 2014 Challenge will feature all-star lineup of past IVC winners

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Willows Lodge, located in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, announced results from the fourth annual Iron Vintner Challenge, which took place throughout the month of June 2013.

The event raised more than $29,000 for Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center to support its mission to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy. 

Lisa Baer of Baer Winery ultimately won the competition, beating out her fellow winemakers Tyson Schiffner of Betz Family Winery, Tracey LaPierre of DiStefano Winery and Chris Peterson of Avennia.

"We would like to thank our partners, attendees and Woodinville winemakers for committing their time, talent and passion to supporting a cause that is near to our hearts," said Bobby Moore, Barking Frog’s executive chef at Willows Lodge. "As we launch into our fifth and final year of Iron Vintner Challenge in 2014, we plan to showcase an all-star lineup of past IVC winners — Darby English of Darby Winery, Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery, Morgan Lee of Covington Cellars and Lisa Baer of Baer Winery — in an ultimate championship competition."

The month-long culinary competition was emceed by Moore, who presented the winemakers with a different secret ingredient each week and 60 minutes in which to prepare an appetizer and entrée for a panel of celebrity judges.

Each competition featured a live auction led by auctioneer David Silverman to benefit Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center.

Auction items included signed magnums from local winemakers, hotel packages at Willows Lodge and one-of-a-kind culinary experiences donated by the chef judges. 

The Iron Vintner Challenge concluded on June 26 with a special Championship Winemaker Dinner on the Fireside Cellars patio.

"Willows Lodge has become a vital partner in Little Bit’s ability to deliver life changing opportunities to children and adults with disabilities," said Kathy Alm, executive director, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. "Iron Vintner Challenge has become a high point in our year, expanding our community, raising awareness and funds, all to support our riders and their families. Chef Bobby Moore and the entire crew at Willows have our heartfelt appreciation."

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