The Periwinkle Foundation

The Periwinkle Foundation
The Periwinkle Foundation
The Periwinkle Foundation
The Periwinkle Foundation
The Periwinkle Foundation
The Periwinkle Foundation
The Periwinkle Foundation
The Periwinkle Foundation
The Periwinkle Foundation
The Periwinkle Foundation
The Periwinkle Foundation
  • Contest: Fundraising Event
  • What Should the Voters Know?: Since 2007, Iron Sommelier has generated nearly $2.5 million to further the Periwinkle mission. Evolving from a small wine tasting in a private home, Iron Sommelier is now held annually at The Houstonian Hotel with 600 guests in attendance. The highly anticipated wine tasting and sommelier competition features 14 of Houston’s most celebrated sommeliers from area restaurants and bars, each presenting three wines which focus on a particular wine region, grape or style while they converse with guests and compete for the title, “Iron Sommelier”. High profile guest judges, typically Master Sommeliers from outside of Houston, officially select the winning competitor to claim the title, while guests cast their cork for People’s Choice Award.
  • Name of Entry: Iron Sommelier
  • Why Should You Vote for Me?: In 2019, Iron Sommelier occurred in Houston on Wednesday, October 30 - the same night as Game 7 of the World Series. Despite the Houston Astros battling for the championship miles away from the event (with many Iron Sommelier supporters in seats at Minute Maid Park instead of at Iron Sommelier), Iron Sommelier exceeded its fundraising goal of $300,000. 2019 gross proceeds totaled $405,000 while net proceeds totaled $335,000 - the highest net amount raised in the event’s history. The originality and inventiveness of Iron Sommelier sustained by food and wine industry leaders, volunteer committee members and Houston wine enthusiasts has positively impacted the fundraising goal. Bonus: Iron Sommelier set the stage and is the inspiration for another fundraising event to further the mission of The Periwinkle Foundation. Launched in June 2019, Iron Bartender is Houston’s newest bartender competition featuring signature cocktails by celebrated bartenders at restaurants and bars across the city, generated over $40,000 in its first year.
  • Contact Name: : Larry Geiger
  • Contact Phone: 713-807-0191