Cass Winery is providing meals for local wine industry workers and Central Coast community members every Friday.
The owner and hospitality director say the idea came about after a wedding cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic. The food for the wedding was delivered to the winery, the winery paid the bill, and decided to put those meals to use and feed their local industry workers and community members.
Cass Winery has an on-site restaurant and is now expanding this idea with their own menu and creating to-go and pick up meals for anyone to enjoy.
The event and marketing coordinator, Chandra Brown, says they have partnered with other local tasting rooms to make this a possibility for the community. Brown says the community has been very responsive and this will be something they continue every Friday.
"We are excited to be doing something a little different along with virtual tastings and all sorts of things that you see all of the creative wineries doing right now. Its exciting to see the entrepreneurial spirit and the community spirit really coming full force," says Brown.
Cass Winery was co-founded in 1999 by Ted Plemons. Plemons says the winery started their food service in 2007, and was one of the first wineries in the area to have prepared food on-site.
In order to keep up business during the pandemic, Cass Winery's tasting room is creating to-go orders for pickup which can be ordered online.
On Friday, they will have take and bake meals, and wine, for community members to pick up at Fossil Wine Bar in Atascadero and at Libertine in Morro Bay.