Grapes and Grains

Join us Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the museum for an exciting evening of wine and brandy tasting, a selection of beers, an elegant menu of heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction! The annual Grapes & Grains event is the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation's largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds benefiting important museum programs in research, education, and exhibits.

*Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Dress is Safari Chic (or dressy-casual).

** Please note that tickets are required to attend and only a limited amount of tickets to this event are available. Tickets cannot be guaranteed to be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.


Wine & Beverage Tasting

Each attendee will receive one wine glass to sample the variety of wines and brandies at the event. Additionally, each attendee will be given two beverage vouchers. Each beverage voucher can be used for a full glass of a beverage of choice. Additional beverage vouchers can be purchased during the event.

Wines Provided by Hamlet Vineyards
2021 Bottled Blonde
2021 Old Virginia Red
2020 Viognier
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Brandies Provided by Museum Curators
Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
Asbach Uralt Brandy
D'usse VSOP
Korbel Brandy
Martell VS Single Distillery Cognac
Meukow VS Cognac


Selection of Beers

This year's event also features a selection of beers and beverages provided by Danville Distributing Company. Beverages available include:

Bud Lite
Michelob Ultra
Stella Artois
Wicked Weed Pernicious
Victory Brewing Sour Monkey
Bold Rock VA Apple
Coastal Cocktails: Vodka Cranberry & Whiskey Lemonade


Food Menu

Food for this year's Grapes & Grains will consist of an elegant menu of heavy hors d'oeuvres provided by Center Stage Catering, Inc. This year's menu is as follows:

  • Smoky Piri-Piri Chicken and Vegetable Skewer
  • North African Spiced Meatballs with Roasted Red Pepper Harissa
  • Moroccan Curried Chick Peas
  • Somalian Tart
  • Berbere Shrimp Salad Shooters
  • Cumin and Coriander Spiced Fried Plantain and Yuca Chips with Preserved Lemon and Lentil Dip
  • Fresh Crisp Vegetable Crudite

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Individual Tickets

Individual attendee tickets are now available for only $50/person.


Table Sponsorships

A limited number of Grapes & Grains table sponsorships can now be purchased online, with prices ranging from $600 to $5,000. Table sponsorship opportunities are as follows. You may contact Charlotte Harter for more information.

Chivas Regal Seating:  A donation of $5,000
  • 2 reserved tables of 10 with logo
  • Logo on VMNH Web site with link to your business homepage for one year
  • Logo on media releases, marketing materials, auction table and program
  • This sponsorship includes a 1-year VMNH Corporate Partnership at the “VMNH Circle” level, which includes:
    • Sponsorship logo recognition on 2 special exhibits and 2 events
    • 1 free museum rental
    • A behind-the-scenes tour for employees (up to 25)
Chardonnay Seating:  A donation of $2,500
  • Reserved Table of 10 with name
  • Name on VMNH website with link to your business homepage for one year
  • Name listing on media releases, marketing materials and program
  • This sponsorship includes a 1-year VMNH Corporate Partnership at the “Corporate Sponsor” level, which includes:
    • Sponsorship logo recognition on 1 special exhibit and 1 event
    • 1 museum rental discounted at 50%
Pinot Noir Seating:  A donation of $1,000
  • Reserved table of 10 with name
  • Name on VMNH website and program for one year
  • This sponsorship includes a 1-year VMNH Corporate Partnership at the “Corporate Patron” level, which includes:
    • Sponsorship recognition on 1 special exhibit or 1 event
    • 1 museum rental discounted at 25% 
Pilsner Seating:  A donation of $600
    • Reserved table of 10 with name
    • Patron listing in program
    • This sponsorship includes a 1-year VMNH Corporate Partnership at the “Small Business Partners” level.


Special thanks to this year's Grapes & Grains Sponsors

Bassett Logo    Everything Outdoors    King's Grant    The Lester Group Logo

S&K Office Supplies Logo    Danville Distributing Logo    Bankers Insurance Logo

Daniel, Medley & Kirby, P.C.        Janet Ashby        Linda and Roscoe Reynolds

Linda and Roscoe Reynolds        William Mayer        Jim Westmoreland

Dr. Joe Keiper        VMNH Curators

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Please Visit Us Soon

Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday - Monday: Closed

Admission:

$10 for ages 18-59
$5 for ages 3-17, seniors 60+, and college students
FREE for children under 3, museum members, and members of ASTC participating institutions

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