Courtesy of Diana Barden
From left are Gigi Mariscotti, Chris Mariscotti, Claudine Mariscotti, and Sue Thornton, Madera Rotary President.
Chris Mariscotti, owner of The Vineyard Restaurant and Bar, is the recipient of the Madera Rotary Club’s 2019 Business of the Year Award. Mariscotti, his wife Claudine, and their daughter Gigi accepted the award at the club meeting held at the Madera Municipal Golf Course. This also marks the 100th year since the Mariscotti family arrived in Madera.
Rotarian and Past President Julie O’Kane said this annual award is presented to a local businessperson who supports a variety of community needs. Nominations are based on businesses that best meet Rotary’s ethical standard “The 4-Way Test” — Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
Mariscotti told of the long history of the Mariscotti family and the evolution of The Vineyard Restaurant.
The Vineyard features many local food products, wines, and beers. The family closes the business on Sundays, but often hosts charity events for various local charities, such as the Madera Community Hospital, Camp Fire Youth Organization, Madera Arts Council, Rotary fundraiser for the victims of the Paradise fire, and many more.
Mariscotti is proud of his staff, many of whom have built their own careers by growing and developing through the business.
Mariscotti has been active in the Chamber of Commerce, was on the Board of the San Joaquin River parkway, and is currently on the board for Hines Hospice.