If you were going to blow some dough on an event, I’d say the ~ANNUAL STAR CHEFS & VINTNERS GALA~ is one to consider—and it goes to a great cause. Last year’s event seriously rocked—it felt like every chef in town was there. And it’s all to benefit Meals On Wheels of San Francisco and their efforts to serve one of the city’s most vulnerable populations: homebound seniors. Over the past year, Meals On Wheels of San Francisco has served more than 800,000 meals to 2,200 seniors—it really depends on this fundraiser each year. Last year’s event raised a record $1 million. Let’s do it again. (For the record, tickets are selling fast!)
The evening begins at 5 pm with a hors d’oeuvres and wine reception provided by more than 30 chefs and wineries, followed by a three-course, sit-down meal, with each course prepared by one of 24 different chefs. The grand finale is a dessert reception and dancing.
Among the chefs participating in this year’s gala are: Jan Birnbaum (Epic Roasthouse), David Kinch (Manresa), Douglas Keane (Cyrus), Elizabeth Falkner (Orson / Citizen Cake), Richard Reddington (REDD), Nate Appleman (A16 / SPQR), Chris Cosentino (Incanto / Boccalone), Staffan Terje (Perbacco), Laurence Jossel (NOPA), Shotaro “Sho” Kamio (Yoshi’s San Francisco), and Cal Stamenov (Marinus). For the complete jaw-dropping list o’ chefs taking part, take a look here.
Many of California’s leading wine producers will also take part in the Gala, providing wine pairings for each of the specially prepared dishes. Participating vintners include Cakebread Cellars, Chalk Hill Estate Vineyard & Winery, Duckhorn Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate and Silver Oak Cellars. You can read the entire line-up of participating wineries here.
During both live and silent auctions, guests will have the opportunity to bid on a number of once-in-a-lifetime items, including a trip to France, a wine connoisseur package featuring a dozen bottles of “unobtainable” wines, a behind-the-scenes tour of a San Francisco Giants broadcast, a party on a private yacht featuring the culinary creations of Nancy Oakes, and private dinners and cooking classes with celebrity chefs.
Meals On Wheels 21st Annual Star Chefs & Vintners Gala
Sun., May 18, 2008
San Francisco, CA
$400 per person*
($350 is tax deductible)