Foodies With Benefits

Dine, Sip, and Spend For a Good Cause at Next Week’s Star Chefs and Vintners Gala

Photo: Georg Lester/Grub Street

Pebble Beach Food & Wine is swell and all, but without even leaving the city you can experience an equal amount of foodie opulance, with (arguably) even better food and a bevy of great cocktails from local startenders to boot. The 24th annual Star Chefs and Vintners Gala, benefiting Meals on Wheels, is probably the most extravagant and easily the best catered event of its kind in San Francisco, and it’s happening again on Sunday May 15. If you don’t believe us, you can see our slideshow from last year, but believe us, it’s well worth the $450 price of admission if you have the means, especially given that it’s for charity.

In addition to very well stocked receptions before and after dinner, the dinner itself is cooked in teams, with each group of three chefs cooking a different menu, and serving a different block of tables. The system actually works to the diner’s advantage, given that it’s far easier to control temperatures of plates and improve the quality when you’re only doing 50 plates as opposed to 500.

The list of wineries would make your head spin, but take a look if you must.

Below, the full roster of chefs and bartenders who’ll be serving up bites at the opening reception, cooking dishes for dinner, and serving up sweet treats at the dessert reception that happens afterward during the live auction.

15 Romolo / Aaron Gregory Smith

Absinthe / Adam Keough/Bill Corbett

Ahwahnee Hotel / Percy Whatley

Americano Restaurant & Bar / Kory Stewart

Atelier Crenn / Dominique Crenn

Aziza Restaurant / Mourad Lahlou

Baker & Banker / Jeff Banker/Lori Baker

Bar Agricole
/ Brandon Jew

Bar Tartine / Nicolaus Balla

barbacco eno trattoria / Staffan Terje/Nick Kelly

Beth’s Babies Cookies / Beth Setrakian

Blue Bottle Coffee Company / Caitlin Williams Freeman

Bocadillos / Robert Petzold/Gerald Hirigoyen

Bon Appétit Management
/ Robbie Lewis

Boulevard / Nancy Oakes/Pamela Mazzola/Dana Younkin/Jessica Sullivan

Brick & Bottle / Scott Howard

Brown Sugar Kitchen / Tanya Holland

Café des Amis / Justin Deering/Justin Nilson

CHAYA Brasserie
/ Yuko Kajino

Cowgirl Creamery
/ Peggy Smith

Dynamo Donut + Coffee / Sara Spearin

E&O; Trading Company - San Francisco
Arnold Eric Wong/Sharon Nahm

EPIC Roasthouse / Jan Birnbaum

étoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon / Perry Hoffman

eVe Restaurant / Christopher & Veronica Laramie

The Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant / Steve Litke

Fifth Floor Restaurant / David Bazirgan

FK Restaurants & Hospitality / Chad Newton

flour + water / Thomas McNaughton/Freedom Rains

Foreign Cinema / Gayle Pirie/John Clark

French Culinary Institute / Andre Soltner

Gary Danko / Martin Brock

Greens Restaurant / Annie Somerville

Hana Japanese Restaurant
/ Ken Tominaga

HECHO / Joseph Manzare

Hog Island Oyster Co. / John Burkhard

Humphry Slocombe / Jake Godby

Incanto/Boccalone / Chris Cosentino

Jardinière / Morgan Mueller

Kara’s Cupcakes / Kara Haspel Lind

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana / Dennis Arvizu/Andrew Generalao

La Toque / Ken Frank

LarkCreekSteak / Ismael Macias

Marlowe / Jennifer Puccio

Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
/ Nancy Pitta

Meritage at The Claremont / Josh Thomsen

MICHAEL MINA / Jeremy Ravetz

Murray Circle Restaurant at Cavallo Point / Ethan Howard

Navio &The; Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay / Xavier Salomon/Otto Sanchez

Nombe Izakaya / Vincent Schofield

Nopa / Laurence Jossel

One Market Restaurant / Mark Dommen/Patti Dellamonica-Bauler

Paragon Restaurant / Spencer O’Meara

Perbacco Ristorante + Bar / Staffan Terje

Picán Restaurant / Dean Dupuis

Picco Restaurant / Bruce Hill/Jared Rogers

/ Gerald Hirigoyen/Robert Petzold

Plate Shop / Kim Alter

Poggio Trattoria / Peter McNee

Prospect / Ravi Kapur/Elise Fineberg

Quince / Michael Tusk

REDD Restaurant / Richard Reddington

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
/ Nathan Beriau/Cynthia Falatic

RN74 / Jason Berthold

Rose Pistola / Mark Gordon/Pablo Estrada

Safeway, Inc. / Jeff Anderson

Salt House / Robert Leva

Scala’s Bistro / Jennifer Biesty

Sent Sovi
/ Josiah Slone

Silverado Resort and Spa
/ Jeffrey Jake

The Slanted Door
/ Charles Phan

Sons & Daughters / Matt McNamara/Teague Moriarty

SPQR / Matthew Accarrino

Spruce / Mark Sullivan

Stuart Brioza

Taste Catering / Chris Borges/Yigit Pura

Tell Tale Preserve Co. & Valrhona
/ William Werner/Derek Poirier

Terra & Ame Restaurants / Hiro Sone/Lissa Doumani

Terzo / Mark Gordon/Philip Busacco

Vin Antico / Ed Vigil

Waterbar / Parke Ulrich/Justin Baade

Wayfare Tavern

Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining / Sherry Yard

/ Shotaro “Sho” Kamio/Matt Shepard

Earlier: What You Missed at Last Night’s Star Chefs and Vintners Gala

Dine, Sip, and Spend For a Good Cause at Next Week’s Star Chefs and