November 4, 2021
7:00 p.m.

Verse & Vino is Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation’s signature annual fundraiser. This celebration of reading, writing and the joy of libraries – shared with a community of readers and New York Times best-selling authors – has become one of our region’s most anticipated events.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Verse & Vino 2020 was transformed into a fast-paced, entertaining virtual event. Verse & Vino 2021 will build on the success of last year’s broadcast and add more opportunities to gather in person.

New for 2021:

  • Bonus debut author, Wanda M. Morris
  • All-new menu from Table & Twine
  • CommonSpark beer, specially brewed by Town Brewing Co.
  • Wine available for purchase by the case
  • Viewing party at Town Brewing Co.

Featuring NYT Best-selling Authors!

Celebrate Your Way!

Sponsors and guests can safely enjoy an exclusive Verse & Vino experience from the comfort of home or any location with friends, family, book clubs and clients. We encourage participants to gather and enjoy a hand-delivered Party Box, Book Bundles and other benefits together.

New this year, Town Brewing Co. will host a viewing party for readers from throughout our community. Limited tickets are available on the ticket link – select “Town Brewing Viewing Party.”

  • Sponsorships are designed for businesses, organizations and individuals to promote their brand to attendees while celebrating Verse & Vino with clients and employees. Sponsorships are available at every level, with benefits to match your philanthropic investment. Please contact Teleia White to discuss additional sponsorship opportunities.
  • Party Packages are perfect for book clubs, supper clubs, and groups of friends and family who want to celebrate and support libraries together. Party Packages must be ordered by October 22, 2021.
  • Date Night includes an elegant dinner for two. Delivery available within Charlotte, NC metro region. Date Night dinners must be ordered by October 22, 2021.

Extra Party Boxes, book bundles, wine or beer can be added to any package. Delivery available within Charlotte, NC metro region.

Collector Sponsorship
$5,000
  • Secure link to viewing platform
  • 2 Party Boxes
  • 5 autographed Book Bundles
  • Logo on program
  • Recognized on website, event platform, social media
  • Distribute branded takeaway
  • Invitation to annual donor appreciation event
Celebration Sponsorship
$3,000
  • Secure link to viewing platform
  • 2 Party Boxes
  • 5 autographed Book Bundles
  • Name on event program
  • Invitation to annual donor appreciation event
  • (formerly Table Sponsorship)
Party Package
$1,250
  • Secure link to viewing platform
  • 1 Party Box (order by Oct 22)
  • 2 autographed Book Bundles
  • (formerly Book Club Table)
Date Night
$300
  • Secure link to viewing platform
  • 1 Date Night Box (order by Oct 22)
  • 1 autographed book of your choice
Town Brewing Viewing Party
$150
  • Program at Town Brewing Co. (800 Grandin Rd, Charlotte, NC)
  • Book of your choice
  • Two drink tickets
  • Food available for purchase
Individual Ticket
$125
  • Secure link to viewing platform
  • 1 book of your choice

What’s Inside…

What's in a Party Box?

Designed to serve 10 people, a party box contains all the makings of a festive Verse & Vino celebration!

The box includes all the fixings for Artisan Street Tacos:

  • Beef Short Ribs Black Angus beef short ribs, slow cooked for 12 hours in rich beef stock with guajillo peppers, onions, carrots and roasted tomatoes. Hand shredded and tossed with fresh squeezed lime juice and cilantro & Chipotle Cumin
  • Roasted Chicken Thighs Boneless skinless free range chicken thighs, marinated with smoky chipotle peppers, lime juice and toasted cumin. Seared a la plancha, oven roasted, then shredded and tossed in adobo sauce
  • Vegetarian Option Roasted Fajita Vegetables Fresh portabella mushrooms, red peppers and red onion all grilled whole with chipotle spices and julienned
  • Corn and Roasted Chile Salad with chimichurri, local corn on the cob and red bell peppers, charred over an open flame then tossed in fresh squeezed lime juice with a touch of minced red onions.  Finished with a vibrant chimichurri dressing drizzled over the top.
  • Cilantro Brown Rice Simple and nutritious whole grain brown rice tossed with chopped cilantro
  • Guacamole & Chips Homemade guacamole made with ripe avocados, roma tomatoes, red onions and fresh squeezed lime juice. Tossed with fresh cilantro and served with crispy yellow corn tortilla chips.

Toppings include: 3 Flour Tortillas per person, Queso Fresco, Pickled Red Onions, Pico de Gallo, Baja Chipotle Aioli, Red Cabbage Slaw

Your party box also includes two bottles of Verse & Vino wine and ten CommonSpark beers, branded favors and gifts – all hand-delivered in advance of the big event.

Delivery available within Charlotte, NC metro region. Order deadline is October 22, 2020.

What's in a Date Night Box?

A Date Night box includes everything you need for an elegant Verse & Vino dinner for two!

  • Shrimp Cocktail jumbo shrimp, gently poached in a blend of lemon, white wine and Maryland style seafood spice. Served chilled with homemade spicy cocktail sauce.
  • Duet Entrée 8-Hour Braised Beef Short Ribs, pan seared and then slow-cooked with red wine, roasted vegetables, brussels sprouts, and fresh herbs until tender. AND Mesquite Grilled Chicken Breast, boneless, skinless chicken breast marinated in a delicate blend of herbs and spices, then mesquite grilled to perfection and topped with herb butter
  • Whipped Sweet Potatoes with caramelized clover honey and orange marmalade
  • Vegetable Brown Butter Almond Haricot Vert
  • Rich Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with dark chocolate chips, swirls of salted caramel and toffee crunch

Date Night Dinner includes simple instructions for warming and serving, a bottle of Verse & Vino wine, two CommonSpark beers, and assorted favors and gifts. Everything will be delivered to you in advance of the big event.

Delivery available within Charlotte, NC metro region.  Order deadline is October 22, 2020.

What's a Book Bundle?

One book bundle includes a set of five autographed new releases, one from each Verse & Vino best-selling author.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor of Verse & Vino, email Teleia White at twhite@cmlibrary.org or call 704-416-0803.

Make it a November to Remember!

Join us November 6 – 14 to honor the history of the Library’s uptown location and welcome the future together.

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