Meals On Wheels of San Francisco Celebrates 27th Annual Star Chefs & Vintners Gala

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James Beard Award-winner Nancy Oakes (Boulevard | Prospect) returns for her 11th year as Gala Chair to lead an extraordinary lineup of Northern California chefs as Meals On Wheels of San Francisco (MOWSF) announces the 27th Annual Star Chefs & Vintners Gala.

This year’s Gala will be held on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The Star Chefs & Vintners Gala is MOWSF’s main source of contributions for the year and enables the organization to serve one of the City’s most vulnerable populations – homebound seniors. Last year’s event raised more than $2.1 million, providing more than 420,000 meals to homebound seniors. This was the highest amount raised in the history of the Gala.

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“Each year, the Bay Area’s best chefs and vintners join together to ensure that no senior goes hungry,” says Ashley McCumber, MOWSF Executive Director. “It is their commitment as well as that of our donors, that Meals On Wheels of San Francisco has double its service in the past six years – even in the face of an exploding senior population. Through this collective effort, homebound seniors in San Francisco are able to live a nourished life with the support they need to remain safe and independent.”

Nearly 90 notable chefs from Northern California’s top restaurants will join Oakes to create the ultimate celebration of food, wine and cocktails. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with an hors d’oeuvre and wine reception, followed by a three-course seated dinner. Each of the seating sections will have a unique, carefully orchestrated menu, with each course designed by a different executive chef and paired with exceptional wines. Dessert reception follows.

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Chefs

Among the chefs participating in this year’s Gala are Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski (State Bird Provisions), Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani (Terra Restaurant | Ame Restaurant), Charles Phan (The Coachman), Staffan Terje (Perbacco Ristorante + Bar | barbacco) and Belinda Leong (b. patisserie).

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Vintners

More than 70 of California’s premier vintners will also participate in the Gala, including Cakebread Cellars, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Duckhorn Portfolio, Hanzell Vineyards, Kamen Estate Wine, Kenzo Estate, Lambert Bridge, Mt. Brave, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Quintessa, Radio-Coteau, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Silver Oak Cellars and Twomey Cellars.

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Cocktails

Ronnie New of Comstock Saloon and Trick Dog’s Chester Watson and Morgan Schick will be among the celebrity bartenders severing up spirits and inventive concoctions at a specialty cocktail bar.

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Dessert

The evening culminates with a lavish dessert reception featuring decadent sweets from Yigit Pura (Tout Sweet Pâtisserie), Jake Godby (Humphry Slocombe), Kara Haspel Lind (Kara’s Cupcakes) and William Werner (Craftsman and Wolves), to name a few.

Auctions

During both live and silent auctions, guests will have the opportunity to bid on extraordinary lot items including exotic vacations and private dinners with celebrity chefs. This year’s gala will also include a raffle for a 2014 MINI Cooper, a luxury vacation to Napa Valley and a trip from Celebrity Cruises. The evening’s climax is “Fund-A-Route,” in which guests pledge cash donations towards funding an entire meal delivery route for one year. Guests at the 2014 Gala raised a record-breaking $600,000 for “Fund-A-Route.”

Sponsors & Tickets

Premier Gala sponsors include AT&T, First Republic Bank, Hartmann Studios, Kaiser Permanente, Mellon Capital, the San Francisco Chronicle|SFGate.com, Silicon Valley Bank, Taste Catering & Event Planning and Valley Services.

Individual tickets are priced at $495. Patron levels range from $1,500 to $20,000. To reserve tickets or learn more about patron packages, participating chefs and wineries and more, call 415-920-1111 or visit www.mowsf.org/gala.

About Meals On Wheels of San Francisco

Founded in 1970, Meals On Wheels of San Francisco (MOWSF) is committed to the belief that all seniors have the right to live independently with dignity and respect for as long as it is safely possible.

Each year, MOWSF delivers more than 1.2 million meals to homebound seniors in every neighborhood of the City. To donate, volunteer or get more information, visit www.mowsf.org.