Annual event to feature Wine Trail fare, special BBC craft beer
By Terry Duffy
Lewiston No. 1 Fire Co. is putting out the invite to Niagara County residents to help support the company and enjoy a fine evening of socializing.
Its fourth annual wine tasting and food pairing event will take place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, inside Lewiston No. 1's second-level firehall banquet facility, located 145 N. Sixth St., in the Village of Lewiston. The event is hosted by Lewiston No. 1 as the fire company's operational fundraiser.
Lewiston No. 1 President Matthew Grainge reported the wine tasting and food pairing - an event that continues to grow in popularity -will this year provide visitors a wonderful sampling of Niagara County and Lewiston-area fare.
This one will feature select wines from four Niagara Wine Trail area vintners: Chateau Niagara, the Leonard Oaks Estate Winery, Schultze Vineyards and Winery and Vizcarra Vineyards.
That's not all. Visitors will also be able to experience a new, specially crafted beer for the event by Lewiston's own Brickyard Brewing Company.
"As one of the most successful operational fundraisers for the fire company, we are very excited to bring Brickyard Brewing Company on board as part of our team," Grainge said. "The owners of The Brickyard have generously supported the fire company for years, and we anticipate adding their new craft beer specialty to our event will be mutually beneficial."
Visitors can also enjoy tasty food pairings by Lewiston No. 1's preferred banquet caterer, JCI Catering, coupled with dessert offerings by the Village Bake Shoppe and a variety of farm-fresh goodies by Becker Farms and LynOaken Farms, who will also be present at this event.
Complementing the affair will be an evening of fine jazz presented by Lewiston Music, local vendors plus a silent auction. All proceeds from the event go to support Lewiston No. 1's enhanced fire response and medical services for the community. That includes a brand-new offering for Lewiston No. 1.
Grainge, along with Lewiston No. 1 Chief Les Myers, revealed Lewiston No. 1 took a major step forward over past months with newly enhanced emergency medical services for area residents. A number of Lewiston No. 1 crew members who, in the past, have operated at the EMT-Basic level are now certified at the advanced life-support level - a level of medical response care for Lewiston that, until now, had to be availed by Upper Mountain Fire Co. EMT responders.
"We got a lot going on," Myers said.
As part of that EMS upgrade, the fire company also enhanced its cardiac monitoring equipment with the acquiring of two new LIFEPAK 15 monitors.
"One of the key features (of this equipment) is comprehensive EKG (hear monitoring) and transmission (of medical data) to the hospital in a cardiac response," Grainge told The Sentinel in a recent company profile. "This allows for the patient to receive (a medical professional's) interpretation of the potential cardiac event and (EMT) transport to the most appropriate facility."
"It helps us to better serve the community," he said of the expertise by the fire company's 17 current EMT-Basic level and four ALS support-certified personnel.
Grainge added this latest improvement in enhanced medical care is the direct result of support from the Lewiston and northern Niagara community.
"These monitors were bought solely on donations from the community to help (our) EMTs provide the best possible care in cardiac emergencies, along with expanding patient assessment abilities," he said. "It's so nice to see the community coming together to help support their fire and EMS responders."
Tickets for the Nov. 3 wine tasting and food pairing are now available at $25 presale or $30 at the door. They can be purchased at the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce at Center and North Ninth streets, the Orange Cat Coffee Co. on Center Street, and at Lewiston No. 1.
"I would like to personally invite our community to come out and support Lewiston No. 1 while sampling some great wines, beers and food," Grainge said.
For more information on the Nov. 3 event, or fire company membership opportunities, call 716-754-4487, ext. 211, or visit Lewiston No. 1 online at www.lfd1.com
or on Facebook.