Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas Launches ‘Fun-Raising’ Series

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Staff report

Delray Beach’s Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas is starting a new series of “fun-raisers” to help raise money for local nonprofits called “Tastings at the Tiki.”

The third Thursday of every month beginning in September through November, will feature a beer or wine tasting at one of the hotel’s poolside tiki bars from 6 to 9 p.m.

The first tasting will take place on Sept. 20 and it will feature samples from Chalk Hill Winery, Smith & Hook Winery and Saltwater Brewery. The proceeds will benefit Delray’s Arts Warehouse.

“Crane’s Beach House has been hosting benefits for local nonprofit organizations for more than a decade now,” General Manager Cathy Balestriere said. “It is a great way to have fun with friends and supporters, while also bringing critical focus and extra income to community and cultural groups that contribute to the overall quality of life right here in Delray Beach.”

Admission to the events in September and October is $20 for members of the sponsoring organizations and $25 for non-members.

Attendees will each receive one free drink ticket good for a beer, wine or soft drink, although there will be no cost for the sample wine and/or beer tastings; additional drinks will be available at happy hour prices.

In October, the beer tasting will come from Saltwater Brewery and will benefit for the Gold Coast PR Council & PRSA Palm Beach.

The series will end on Nov. 15 with Food Tasting at the Tiki and will benefit the HOW Foundation of South Florida and Project Holiday.

The event will serve as the 7th annual BEST BITE Restaurant Competition. Last year seven local eateries competed for BEST BITE FOR VETS. Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub came out with the title. This year, there will be a special tasting of  beers and ales provided by Saltwater Brewery.

Best Bite for Vets tickets cost $25 per person, which includes one drink ticket, a free “chance to win” ticket for special gifts, and a token to use for voting to select the winning restaurant.

Proceeds will be split evenly between the two nonprofits. Tickets to each of the Tastings will be available for advance purchase online and at the door that evening.