Please join us to celebrate the life of Mary Gilmore Kemp on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 5:00pm at Saluti Cellars, 7505 Grizzly Flat Rd. Somerset, CA 95684

We will share memories & dance to the music she loved as we honor her life & the joy she brought to all. Food & Refreshments will be pot luck style, so we ask you to please bring a dish to share.

Dec. 12, 1952 – Aug. 20, 2018 – Mary lost her prolonged arduous battle with cancer on August 20th, 2018. She passed away from complications of treatment of her 5-year battle with AML Leukemia. Mary was a beautifully amazing woman who touched the lives of so many in our community & all those that knew her. Her light was bright & rare!

She was the “Face of the Gold Vine Grill” always welcoming & often the first person you met when coming to this area. Mary’s love for her family, her friends, & community was reflected in her day to day life.

Mary is survived by her life partner and husband Greg, brothers Jim (Deb), Mike (Loretta), sisters Peggy (Jan), Denise Gilmore-Forren, Patti (Chris), brother-in-law Stephen (Rick), sister-in-law, Becky (Dave) and many nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Mildred Gilmore and older sister Sharon DiMauro.

Though her formal training was in education and she enjoyed working with her young students at Santa Ynez HS, Mary and Greg opened their own restaurant and became an integral part of their community running the “Cheers” Bar of Somerset, Calif., better known as the Gold Vine Grill.

She continued working with her young stewards by co-founding the Future Chefs of America in El Dorado County, now run by Placerville.

Additionally, in lieu of flowers please make a cash or blood donation in Mary’s memory to Blood Source. Be sure to mention MARY KEMP club number #1265 when donating!

A Beautiful tribute to Mary by Katelynd Adams on Aug 30, 2018, 7:16 PM

There are few times in life when you encounter a person such as Mary.
These are the people that can make you feel warm and at home the second you walk through the door. The people who smile and laugh and brighten up even the darkest of days.
This is who Mary was. Her door was always open, as well as her heart. And she welcomed everyone in to both with open arms.
For me, she was also my mentor in my teen years. She gave me my first restaurant job, where she cheerfully taught me the bones of the business of serving others.
Our little community needed people like her and Greg, to come in and open a place to bring everyone together. That’s literally what they did. They’ve given us all a home away from home, a place to make new friends, a place to forget your worries and get a hot, wonderful meal.
Losing Mary is a tragic loss for all of us. She’s a once in a life time kind of friend. There will never be another like her, but how blessed are we that we got to be a part of her life?
What people will remember is the way you made them feel, and she made us all feel like family. I will forever look back upon our time together and smile, and feel her presence and warmth surround me.
God bless you Mary Kemp. I love you.


Well, Good-bye to February, with an overall great month of business, meeting new residents, and enjoying our local favorite customers as well.
Thanks to all who participated in our Valentine’s Winemaker Dinner w/ Busby Cellars. This is an annual event, and this year’s dinner was absolutely fabulous! We were sold out by mid-January, so next year, be sure to book early!
The food and the wine were paired beautifully, and a very good time was had by all.
This March, one of my goals is to revitalize our lunch business. During my absence in late 2013 and early 2014, we closed for lunches, and re-opened last February. It’s been a bit of an uphill struggle, so we reach out to all of you to make a plan to visit us for lunch this month…tell a friend about us, or come with friends for a delicious lunch meal. We serve lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM until 3 PM. Thanks!
For you basketball fans, March Madness College play-off games will be shown at the Grill, and we’ll get Chef Greg to prepare some delightful specials for you to enjoy while cheering for your favorite team.
This coming weekend will be the “Behind the Cellar Door” event in Amador County. We will be supplying the food for the event at c.g. di Arie tasting room on Saturday & Sunday.
Oakstone Winery will be celebrating their 18th Anniversary on March 14th & 15th. Come to the Grill and have a great LUNCH, then head out to see Steve & Liz for their anniversary celebration. Gwinllan Estates, located next to Shadow Ranch on Fair Play Rd, will be hosting a “Be a Winemaker for a Day” event featuring Bordeaux varietals on March 7th & 14th, and Rhone varietals on March 21st & 28th.
Remember that you can always get a lunch to go for your group when you plan on spending a day at the wineries. Just call ahead, and you can pick up your meals on your way!
Our great dinner server, Renee will be returning to work next week with a brand new hip! Be sure to come in and help welcome her back!
Passport weekends are coming up in April, on the weekends of the 11th & 12th, then again on the 18th & 19th. Please remember that it’s always a good idea to have a designated driver for these weekends. Also, we have more places to stay in the Fair Play area than we’ve had in a number of years! Weather it’s a stay at one of our several lovely B & B’s, or a vacation rental from VRBO, you will enjoy a stay in these beautiful foothills, surrounded by the rolling hills and vineyards of the area. Make your reservations for a meal at the Grill while you are here!
I’m still formulating plans for our guest wine bartender this month. I’ll be sure to let you know when that gets solidified.
Please remember that you can contribute your comments about your winery trips, or any visits to the area right here on our blog.

The healing power of food and prayers

by Wendy Shultz – written April 7th on page B3

After a whitewater rafting trip on the American River, Greg and Mary Kemp thought El Dorado County might make a good place to retire.

Mary laughs about the word “retire” now. With a successful restaurant and plenty of community involvement, retirement doesn’t describe her life at the moment.

From one wine region, the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara, to another, it took the Kemps two years to find a house in El Dorado County and relocate in 1991.

“When we came here, Greg worked at Intel as a chef and I worked at Folsom High School as the culinary arts instructor,” said Mary, 61. “We had a catering business, as well, but it was a big dream of ours to open our own restaurant.”

 Dreams do come true

The dream took eight years to realize. The Kemp’s catering business was very successful, especially with the wineries that put on special events, so much so that Mary often brought her students in to help.

“I built a culinary arts program for Folsom High School, writing the curriculum and developing the standards and then I built the program for the El Dorado High School District,” said Mary. Continue reading

This is from local online news from El Dorado County – Mary & husband Greg own Gold Vine Grill, the wonderful restaurant many of you have visited in Somerset. Please pray for her full recovery and donate if you can, writes DK Cellars.

A crowd funding website set up by Sondra Champion to aid a women with Leukemia has raised over $5,000 in the first 20 hours.

From the website:

Hello Everyone!
As many already know, Mary is in the hospital being treated for Leukemia. They are being aggressive with her treatment and are giving transfusions and chemotherapy. They are keeping her in the hospital for at least a month. She is hoping to be home for Thanksgiving.Greg is keeping the Goldvine open for dinner, but lunches are put on hold. He is exhausted, but in hopeful spirits.Their insurance is not the best and is not willing to cover all that is needed for Mary’s recovery.


We as friends and family would like to help take some of the financial burden off of this wonderful, loving, hard-working couple. They have selflessly given to the community and now it is our turn to show our appreciation for their generosity.


I plead to all, whether you love them dearly or have simply enjoyed a delicious meal at Goldvine and experienced Mary’s hospitality, please give from your heart and give what you can. Anything and all is appreciated. Also, please frequent the Goldvine and pass the word to stop in for a meal and glass of wine- it all helps. Please forward this link to anyone who knows Mary and Greg and would like to help. If we all share the link with our email lists, client lists, facebook, and those people did the same…Imagine!!!

Thank you wonderful people!!!”

Donations can be made at:  Online story from El Dorado County click here: