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What You Missed at the 2011 Star Chefs & Vintners Gala

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Sure, it’s another big to-do with expensive ticket prices and way more food and wine and booze than any one person needs. But it’s for a good cause! And Sunday’s Star Chefs and Vintners Gala at Fort Mason, the annual event benefiting Meals on Wheels, marks a high point even for the bevy of local chefs who cook at events like this all year long. Last year Meals on Wheels broke a record and raised $1.2 million to feed home-bound seniors, and from the momentum of the live auction this year, we’re guessing they topped that — one item alone, a private dinner cooked by Melissa Perello of Frances, got doubled into two items when it hit $22,000, therefore taking in $44,000, and a pig roast with chefs Nancy Oakes and Nancy Silverton went for over $30K. But there was lots to taste and sip at the cocktail reception before the dinner, and with over 100 well known Bay Area chefs taking part, you’d better believe the food was good.

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What You Missed at the 2011 Star Chefs & Vintners Gala