This week’s Buzz Bites serves up a fundraiser for Fluvanna SPCA, a mimosa meet-and-greet followed by a drag brunch, a literacy effort with wine and chances to register in advance for winery meadow tours and a coffee-powered chefs’ challenge.

Friday night fundraiser

The Fluvanna SPCA is hitting the big 3-0 with its Fur-raising Fun Summer Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Cunningham Creek Winery in Palmyra.

BiG! will provide the live music, and Mouth Wide Open Food Truck and Catering will offer food for sale during the summer solstice celebration.

Tickets are $20 for ages 21 and older and $10 for guests younger than 21. The price includes three door-prize tickets and a glass of wine if you’re 21 or older. Proceeds will help the SPCA team care for the pets while they wait to meet their permanent families. Get information at

Drag brunch benefit

Graduate Charlottesville’s Glamping Drag Show starts at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Camp Ten Four space with a “mimosa meet-and-greet” with Chicki Parm and the other drag queens who’ll entertain during the brunch to follow. Be sure to bring your ID. The event is $15, which includes your mimosa or non-alcoholic beverage of choice, and 10 percent of the proceeds will be going to the University of Virginia’s LGBTQ Center. For reservations or details, dial (434) 220-0169.

Wine for the books

From 3 p.m. until sunset Friday, Revalation Vineyards in Madison — that’s Revalation as in Reva, the nearby town — is presenting the third of a series of third-Friday events to benefit the Literacy Council of Madison County. It’s a chance to show your support for adult education services while enjoying wines — and, from 4 to 7:30 p.m., foods from Sombrero’s food truck.

At 6 p.m., authors Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester will present a talk and sign copies of their book. Find more information by emailing or dialing (540) 407-1236.

Barboursville’s meadow tours

Barboursville Vineyards’ estate naturalist, Bill Birkhofer, will lead small-group tours of the winery’s Allegrante Meadow on June 28, 29 and 30, so sign up soon in the Tuscan Tasting Room.

It shares its name with the 2018 Allegrante Rose, which just received a gold medal at the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago. It’s the second vintage of a rose without oak that brings to mind stone-fruit flavors, Petit Syrah, Nebbiolo and such whites as Pinot Grigio and Vermentino.

It’s also time to check out the summer menu at Palladio Restaurant, which pairs Barboursville wines with garden-fresh herbs and produce. There’s also still time to reserve a picnic basket from Palladio if you’re planning to attend Four County Players’ Shakespeare at the Ruins performances, which begin July 12; call (540) 832-7848 to make sure there will be a basket with your name on it.

Coffee-fueled duel

Chefs John Shanesy of Commonwealth and Chris Humphrey of Fellini’s will be squaring off in Tin Whistle Irish Pub’s next dining duel. Seatings are planned for 6 and 8 p.m. July 22, and the common ingredient in the showdown will be coffee from Crucible Coffee Roasters.

The meal is $55 per person, and the winning chef heads to the finals to compete against Kitty Ashi. For tickets, go to

Milkshake of the month

National Vanilla Milkshake Day happened on June 20, but it’s never too late to enjoy a smooth shot of brain freeze in the flavor of your choice. June’s Milkshake of the Month at Zinburger in Barracks Road Shopping Center is the Peaches & Cream Milkshake. The concoction features vanilla bean ice cream, whole milk, peach monin syrup and oven-roasted peaches and comes topped with freshly made whipped cream and a peach slice.

It’s not the only shake bringing customers to the yard. Look for Salted Caramel, Cookies & Cream, Butterfinger, Chocolate Mint, Double Chocolate and Bars of Zin, which includes Kit Kat and Nutella.

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Jane Dunlap Sathe is the features editor for The Daily Progress. Contact her at (434) 978-7249 or

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