A Very Special Festa Della Donna at A16


Art by Kelly Tunstall.

On Tuesday March 8th, ~A16~ is honoring an amazing group of women for its Festa Della Donna, a celebration of International Women’s Day (quite the ‘girl’s night out’ in Italy) and also an annual fundraiser they started six years ago for La Cocina. Wine director Shelley Lindgren, executive chef David Taylor, and quite the exceptional group of women—guest chefs, cheesemakers, sommeliers, authors, and winemakers, both local and international—are joining together for this special event.

Have a seat in the dining room amongst the yellow mimosas, the flower traditionally handed to Italian women on this day, and order from A16’s regular menu or choose à la carte dishes and paired wines from the evening’s special guests.

Barbara Lynch (James Beard Foundation award-winning chef of Boston’s Menton, No. 9 Park, B & G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, and author of Stir) will create special dishes such as torn pasta fagioli with shrimp polpettini, chicken meatball lasagnettes, and creamy vanilla bread pudding. Soyoung Scanlan, owner and cheesemaker at Andante Dairy, will create a special cheese for the occasion.

Then raise a toast with the women winemakers who will be gracing the restaurant on this evening: Cecilia Naldoni Piccin, Italian winemaker at Grifalco winery in Basilicata, Italy; Martine Saunier, founder and owner of Martine’s Wines and the first woman to establish a wine importing company in the US; Morgan Clendenen, winemaker and owner of Cold Heaven Cellars; Pam Starr, winemaker at Adastra Wines and Crocker & Starr; Laely Heron, owner and winemaker of Heron Wines; and Sara Floyd, Master Sommelier, owner of Bacchant Wines, and co-owner of Swirl Wine Brokers.

Books from the special guests will be available for sale and signing, like the newly published La Seduzione Dell’altrove from Dacia Maraini, renowned Italian author/playwright.

Three ways to make your resos for this inspiring evening: call A16 at 415-771-2216, or email, or go online. Walk-in seating will also be available.

La Cocina is a local non-profit organization that benefits women in the food industry, and all profits from the evening will be donated. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future, observed since the early 1900s. On March 8th, thousands of events will be held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements, encouraging participants to make a difference in women’s lives by thinking globally and acting locally.

Event Info

Tuesday Mar 8, 2011
2355 Chestnut St. at Scott, San Francisco