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Frasca Hospitality Group Staff Relief Fund

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When Governor Polis ordered the closure of all dining rooms in Colorado, we immediately complied with the mandate in order to do our part in combating COVID-19. 

This was undoubtedly the hardest thing we have ever done - thinking of protecting others, knowing that there was going to be little financial protection for our staff during this time. In one day, we furloughed 222 people, cleaned out our refrigerators, locked up our restaurants and distributed the perishable product we could not preserve. To say it was a brutal day is an understatement. 

Frasca Hospitality Group encompasses Frasca Food and Wine and Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, coupled with Tavernetta and Sunday Vinyl in Denver. Together, we have 222 employees. Including their partners and children, we impact close to 300 lives.

When we decided to close, we also decided to immediately furlough our staff in hopes that they would quickly be able to apply for unemployment benefits. We know this will not be enough as we progress deeper into closure, and payments will take longer than originally anticipated. We are proactively seeking out any federal assistance we can qualify for, and Bobby has been heavily involved with legislators and the Independent Restaurant Coalition to shed light on the importance of the independent restaurant in every community. With the help of e-gift card sales, we were able to allow staff to remain on our health insurance plan until April 30th. However, there is still a shortfall in being able to take care of our team right here, right now. 

While we want nothing more than to pay our staff during this time, the reality is if we are aiming to re-open, we are not able to keep our teams on payroll at this time.  We remain steadfast in focusing all of our effort and energy on ensuring the re-opening of four restaurants you love on the other side of this pandemic. 

The next several weeks pose a critical hurdle for our team. Expenses like rent, groceries, bills and medical care will be met with an undetermined income source. This is where we humbly ask the greater community to join us in supporting our team.  

We have a commitment from an incredibly generous guest to match funds up to $20,000. We will continue this fundraiser as long as our team is in need - until the COVID-19 crisis subsides and we’re able to re-open our businesses. 

We’re humbled by the generosity of our community in these times. We are grateful for your consideration in supporting our team. We look forward to the moment we are able to welcome you back into our dining rooms to celebrate moments big and small around our table. 

But that's not all! 

Below are additional ways to support our teams. We’ve partnered with some of our great friends in the hospitality industry to provide some experiences that we hope you’ll enjoy in your home until we can welcome you back into our dining rooms. More detail can be found on each of our restaurant's websites in the "Ways You Can Support" tab.

Ceritas Tasting Packs & Virtual Tasting 
Ceritas Winemaker and Proprietor John Raytek has known Bobby for 25 years and is generously partnering with us on a special opportunity.  Focused on single vineyard designated wines, Ceritas is a project unlike any other, expressing true terroir within the most special sites of California. Farming is impeccable and winemaking follows suit. 

Ceritas has put together two incredible tasting packs for guests to enjoy - a selection of 6 or 12 wines. All of the wines come from some of the most revered terroir in California, many of which are monopoles and exclusively grown and made by Ceritas. These are the wines that were allocated to restaurants around the world including our very own Frasca.

Tasting Pack | 6 Wines
‘18 Trout Gulch Chardonnay
‘18 Carex Chardonnay
‘18 Charles Heintz Chardonnay
‘18 Elliott Pinot Noir
‘18 Hellenthal "Old Shop Block" Pinot Noir
‘18 Occidental Pinot Noir

Price: $450 (includes tax and ground shipping)

Tasting Pack | 12 Wines
‘18 Trout Gulch Chardonnay
‘18 Peter Martin Ray Chardonnay
‘18 Carex Chardonnay
‘18 Zephyr Chardonnay
‘18 Charles Heintz Chardonnay
‘18 Porter-Bass Chardonnay
‘18 Elliott Pinot Noir
‘18 Hellenthal "old shop block" Pinot Noir
‘18 Rivina Pinot Noir
‘18 Senna Pinot Noir
‘18 Trout Gulch Pinot Noir
‘18 Occidental Pinot Noir

Price: $900 (includes tax and ground shipping)

25% of the proceeds will go directly towards the FHG Staff Relief Fund. Shipping is complimentary.

We will also be hosting a Zoom discussion with Frasca Hospitality Group owner Bobby Stuckey,  Wine Director Carlin Karr and John Raytek, proprietor and winemaker of Ceritas. It will be a 45 minute stream of poignant conversation about his history, what makes his wines special, the specific sites, etc.

To purchase your pack, please email [email redacted] 

Istituto x Stelvio Shares *limited to 50 guests*
We’re taking Istituto virtual this year! Learn about the Loire Valley, Tuscany and New Spain from home with 4 benchmark wines from each region. We’ve partnered with our great friend and premier importer, Craig Lewis of Stelvio Selections, who has generously donated the wines for the classes. 

Each guest will receive PDF notes and maps, along with links to watch an Istituto taught by Bobby Stuckey, MS & FHG Wine Director Carlin Karr. 

Deadline to sign up: Thursday, 4/9 at 3:30PM
Wine Pickup from Cured: Friday and Saturday, 4/10 & 4/11

Class begins Monday, 4/13, when you will be emailed the PDFs and class videos.

A live Q & A to go over all you learned about the 3 regions will be Saturday, 4/18 at 4PM. 

Price: $550 (does not include wine delivery) 

50% of the proceeds to the Frasca Hospitality Staff Relief Fund . To sign up & purchase your wines, please click here 

Buy Failla Wines

Ehren Jordan is not only one of California’s greatest winemakers, but also is a great friend of the Frasca Family and an incredible guy. Ehren reached out to Bobby in the last couple of weeks to offer help to our team.

His winery, Failla, is generously going to donate 50% of sales from their 2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2018 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and 2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir bottlings directly to our staff. 

How to contribute to Frasca: 

Purchase wines on the Failla website . There will be a drop-down box in the ‘Billing’ section that asks who referred them, along with a briefing on the donations. Please select “Frasca Food & Wine” 

Frasca Favorites 3-Pack by Giuliana Imports & Cured *limit of 100*
Steve Lewis, founder and owner of Giuliana imports, is a huge part of our lives in the wine and culinary programs at all of our restaurants. A Boulder native, Steve is a major part of the community and has quietly built the most relevant and compelling portfolio of Italian wine in the country.

As part of our staff relief effort, Steve is collaborating with Will & Coral Frischkorn of Cured, to offer a 3-pack of three of our favorite wines from his portfolio to raise money for our staff. 

The wines:
Calcaneus 2018 Rosato, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy
G.D. Vajra 2016 Barolo “Albe,” Piemonte, Italy
Ciacci Piccolomini 2015 Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

Price: $143 per 3-Pack (does not include delivery or shipping)

To purchase, please click here 

We are so grateful to these community and industry partners who creatively thought about ways to support our staff with us. We know full and well that we are not alone in this.


  • Anonymous
    • $4,725 
    • 4 yrs
  • Stelvio Istituto
    • $308 
    • 4 yrs
  • Chow Family
    • $250 
    • 4 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $750 
    • 4 yrs
  • Paulanne Balch
    • $250 
    • 4 yrs

Fundraising team (4)

Erin Pommer
Boulder, CO
Peter Hoglund
Jodi McAllister
Team member
Alicia York
Team member

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