The Magic of Wine & Wishes 2014
by Mac Rogers
Event Photography by Nash Bernardo
There’s an array of committed and talented people behind Wine and Wishes as they celebrated their 13th year of fundraising to benefit Make-a-Wish Greater Bay Area – the team responsible for turning San Francisco into Gotham City for a 5 year old cancer patient named Miles whose wish was to be “Batkid” for a day. Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants 350+ wishes annually and is one of the largest chapters of Make-A-Wish nationwide. Since its founding in 1984, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area has granted over 6,000 wishes. This year’s Wine & Wishes event was held on Saturday, February 1st at scenic Treasure Island in San Francisco.
This year’s Wine and Wishes event raised $820,000.00 which will be used to grant wishes for children between the ages of 2 ½ – 18 years and who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. The event’s success can be attributed to many things, but mainly the superstar chefs and sommeliers, the restaurant and winery participants, as well as corporate sponsors who collaborated to make one spectacular evening of philanthropy centered on gourmet food and wine. This was a ticketed event that sold out and philanthropists and gastronomes alike experienced the event in one of two ways: Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting, held at the Iconic Art Deco Building, where one can sample over 50 of the best local restaurants and wineries, or the Winemaker Dinner held just steps away at Winery SF, San Francisco’s only working winery, where diners experience a four course dinner created by an all-star cast of executive chefs coupled with a Sommelier service pairing fine wines with each dinner course.
This year’s rockstar chefs include: Mark Dommer of One Market, Ken Frank of La Toque, Jason Halverson of Stone’s Throw, Lawrence Jossel of Nopa, Patrick Kelly of Gitane, Yo Matsuzaki of Ozumo, Roland Passot of La Folie, Richard Reddington of Redd, Carlos Sanchez of Parcel 104 and Terry Wu of Farallon. Renowned Sommeliers responsible for the wonderful wine pairings during the four course dinner include: Amy Curran, Dren Dedona, Paul Einbund, Eugenio Jardin, Ananda Neil, Hans Puribot, Rob Renteria and Debbie Zachareas.
At the Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting, each restaurant and winery participant showcased some of their signature dishes or pours and it was absolutely playful to the palate! From Kara’s Cupcakes, to Radius’ Salt Water Macaron with Trout Mousse, to Cupola’s Lamb Polpette with Spicy San Marzano Sauce, mint and pecorino romano, to Lark Creek Steak’s Filet Mignon Tartare on crostini, to E&O Asian Kitchen’s Green Curry & Coconut Ceviche with scallops, mangoes, chilies, cilantro and crispy taro to Harvey’s Gourmet Donuts – to name but a few. And of course all these delicious eats were paired perfectly with the evening’s wine selection: Matanzas Creek, Merry Edwards, Castello di Amorosa, Gundlach Bundschu, Vin des Temps, and many others. The room was buzzing with energy from gourmet eats and sips as well as auction items. Autographed footballs, baseballs, sports jerseys, cases of wines, wine magnums as well as other auction-worthy memorabilia were all part of the room’s scene.
It was an amazing evening and I was so touched knowing that every ounce of wine poured and every last morsel savored was all in the spirit of making wishes come true for some very deserving kids.
For more information or to refer a child for a wish, please call 415/982-9474 or visit www.SF.Wish.orgView the entire Wine & Wishes gallery