Highlights from the 2013 Star Chefs & Vintners Gala
The 27th Annual Star Chefs & Vintners Gala will be held Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Fort Mason. In the meantime, please enjoy highlights from last year’s event.
✯ 2013 Luxury Live Auction Lots ✯
Auction Lot #1:
Complete Vertical of Heitz Cellars’ Martha’s Vineyard
Own a complete vertical of the classic Napa Valley Heitz Wine Cellars’ Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. As one of the “founding fathers” of Napa Valley’s great wine resurgence, Heitz Cellars pioneered the single-vineyard designation in the United States with its Martha’s Vineyard cabernet. This legendary wine has a storied past going back to the Judgment of Paris tasting in 1970, which established Martha’s Vineyard as an archetype for California cabernets — and it has remained a benchmark by which all California cabernets have been judged ever since. Now’s your chance to own a vertical of a classic wine that everyone should taste!
Dinner for Ten with Jason Fox of Commonwealth and David Kinch of Manresa at Ken Fulk’s San Francisco Loft
Join two renowned food-world visionaries in the home of San Francisco’s leading design-world visionary. James Beard Award winner David Kinch, chef-proprietor of two Michelin-starred Manresa, and celebrated culinary pioneer Jason Fox of Commonwealth will bring their inventive, creative cooking to ten guests in the comfort of the spectacular loft space of legendary interior designer Ken Fulk. The sophistication and flair of the chefs’ wine-paired menu will be matched by the evening’s setting — this is a special night that promises to engage all the senses.
Auction Lot #2:
An EPIC Dinner Party with Jan Birnbaum
Twenty guests will dine below the new Bay Lights art sculpture on the Bay Bridge from the deck at EPIC Roasthouse. With panoramic views of San Francisco Bay, the warmth of a cozy outdoor fireplace, and the city skyline behind you, EPIC’s glamorous setting provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening. EPIC’s celebrated Chef and Restaurateur Jan Birnbaum will prepare an exclusive menu featuring innovative interpretations of steakhouse favorites, to be paired with Scarpetta wines. During the evening, Jan will visit your party to discuss how the dinner and dishes were conceived and prepared. Whether you have a significant milestone to celebrate or have been looking for the ultimate night on the town, this dinner is sure to provide immeasurable pleasures and memories!
All food and wine costs are included. Date to be mutually agreed upon.
Value: Food and wine – $2,000 / Private chef experience — Priceless
Auction Lot #3:
Show Stopping Las Vegas for Four
Fly round-trip from the Bay Area to Las Vegas in a private plane (no lines, no waiting!) — four guests will kick back and stretch your legs in the roomy Pilatus PC-12 jet turbine airplane on your way to two nights in the Mandarin Suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite is simply sublime — ideal for guests looking for lavish comfort, space and privacy. Between the breathtaking views of the city and the luxurious accommodations, you may never want to leave your room — but it’s Las Vegas! You’ll celebrate your weekend escape with sumptuous dining experiences at world-famous chef Pierre Gagnaire’s Twist and Mina Group’s contemporary fish house, American Fish, and unwind with spa treatments at Mandarin Oriental’s spa during the day while enjoying the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas at night. An extraordinary getaway for four!
Date to be mutually agreed upon. Special thanks to Charles and Gayda Chi.
Auction Lot #4:
Barrett Bonanza — Dinner at Chateau Montelena with Heidi & Bo Barrett
Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a couple that have been called, respectively, the “First Lady of Wine” and the “Cal Ripken of winemaking.” For an amazing day and night in Napa, superstar winemaker-vintners Heidi and Bo Barrett will be your hosts! Six guests will have a chance to see the famed Napa Valley in a way few people get to experience, as Heidi takes you up above the fields and hills for a ride in her helicopter, pointing out sights along the way. After everyone is back on the ground, you’ll join Heidi and Bo at the historic Chateau Montelena for a private dinner prepared by Chef Ken Frank of the landmark, Michelin-starred La Toque and paired with Chateau Montelena, La Sirena, and Barrett & Barrett wines. You’ll take home a signed six-pack of Barrett & Barrett Estate Cabernet. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience Calistoga with two of the Valley’s most celebrated winemakers!All food and wine costs are included.
Date to be mutually agreed upon. Special thanks to Heidi and Bo Barrett.
Value: Food and wine – $3,200 / Private chef experience — Priceless
Auction Lot #5:
Neighboring Chefs — Staffan Terje & Ron Siegel Cook for Eight in your Home
Executive Chef Ron Siegel of MICHAEL MINA and Staffan Terje, acclaimed chef and owner of Perbacco, will venture out from their neighborhood to yours for an evening that’s sure to delight eight guests. These neighboring star chefs meet almost every day in the alley behind their restaurants to pick one another’s brains, discuss what’s in season, and share ideas about new dishes. On this night, the chefs will come to your home and collaborate to create a special menu for you. Built around five common, seasonal ingredients, the dinner format will provide the opportunity for each chef to present you and your guests with their interpretation of each ingredient. Each course of this dinner will be paired with phenomenal French and Italian wines. Some highlights include 2009 Remoissenet Corton Charlemagne, 1995 Masseto, 1995 Monbousquet, 1999 Masseto, 2000 Pape Clement, 1995 Solaia and 1995 Pontet-Canet. You’ll get to see these culinary masters draw on all their imagination, skill, and know-how to craft outstanding dishes paired with special wines — and that means a memorable evening is definitely in store!
Date to be mutually agreed upon. Special thanks to Ron Siegel, Staffan Terje & Leslie and Umberto Gibin.
Value: Food and wine – $3,000 / Private chef experience — Priceless
Auction Lot #6:
Best of San Francisco in Maui — Nancy Oakes, Gary Danko & Rajat Parr — Full Access Passes to Kapalua Food and Wine Festival — June 6 — 9, 2013
Kapalua has one of the best beaches in the world — and in June, 2013 it’s where you’ll delight in the best of food and wine, too! Two guests will spend four nights in the luxurious resort accommodations of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. With two full event passes to the Kapalua Food & Wine Festival, you’ll enjoy access to the exclusive Welcome Reception on Thursday night, the Grand Tasting on Friday night and the Seafood Festival on Sunday night. All of these events are held oceanside in the most beautiful venues Maui has to offer.
During the day, you can opt to lounge by the pool or the beach or choose to attend any and all of the seminars, featuring such wine greats as Philippe Melka, Andy Erickson, Gary Pisoni, Geoff Labitzke, David Long, Rajat Parr and many others. There are also amazing cooking demonstration lunches featuring celebrated San Francisco chefs Gary Danko and Gala Chef Chair Nancy Oakes of Boulevard. You will also join Nancy Oakes, Gary Danko and Rajat Parr at a special wine dinner on Saturday night at Pineapple Grill. At this dinner, you will be treated to a behind the scenes kitchen tour, and an amazing dinner with wine pairings.
When you get home to the mainland, remember your Maui experience with special dinners at Boulevard, Gary Danko, RN74, signed cookbooks and an assorted six-pack of single vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Rajat Parr’s Sandhi Wines. Mahalo, Maui!
The Kapalua Food & Wine Festival runs from June 6-9, 2013. Accommodations are for June 6-9, 2013.
Auction Lot #7:
Discover Dana Estates — a Special Weekend for Six
Dana Estates crafts wines that the winemakers hope reflect the generosity of their special, historic land — and the cult status achieved by their wines is a good indication that they are succeeding. Six guests will enjoy two nights in the calm and beauty of Dana Estates’ Helms Vineyard guest house in Rutherford. On the first night, you’ll duck up the road to Yountville for dinner at acclaimed chef Richard Reddington’s REDD. On Saturday afternoon, you’ll amble along on a private tour of the fabulous Dana Estates winery, designed by Howard Backen, followed by a stroll through the Lee Family gardens to pick fresh seasonal vegetables and herbs. Then, a private, hands-on cooking class with Chef Daniel Ha will teach you to make traditional dishes from Vietnam and Korea. Your culinary creations will be paired with exquisite Dana Estates wines as well as wines from the Lees’ private cellar to make for a delightful afternoon dining experience. Complete the weekend with a leisurely brunch at Thomas Kellar’s Ad Hoc in Yountville and head home with one magnum of Dana Estates’ 2008 Helms Vineyard Cabernet.
Date to be mutually agreed upon.
Value: Food and wine – $3,000 / Private chef and winery experience — Priceless
Auction Lot #8:
Girls’ Night In — Dinner in Your Home with Melissa Perello, Nicole Krasinski & Michelle Polzine
Eight guests will gather in your home for a fantastic evening with some of the city’s most talented female chef-proprietors. Your kitchen will bustle like never before as Melissa Perello of Michelin-starred Frances, Nicole Krasinski of culinary hot-spot State Bird Provisions, and Michelle Polzine of the upcoming 20th Century Cafe (formerly of Range) cook up a delicious menu to tantalize your taste buds. This wouldn’t be the dinner party of your dreams, of course, without some great wines — luckily, you’ll be drinking vintages from some of California’s most notable women winemakers, including a magnum of 2012 Phifer Pavitt DATE NIGHT Sauvignon Blanc from Suzanne Phifer, 2011 La Sirena Musacto Azul by Heidi Barrett, a magnum of Rarecat Old Toll Hillside Estate Cabernet Sauvignon by Sharron Harris, and 2006 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon by Cathy Corison. With marvelous food, scrumptious desserts, and exceptional wines, it’s an evening for guys and gals alike to enjoy!
Date to be mutually agreed upon.
Value: Food and wine – $3,000 / Private chef and wine experience — Priceless
Auction Lot #9:
Fresh Flavors, Fresh Air — A Day on San Francisco Bay for 30 of Your Closest Friends
Experience a one-of-a-kind adventure in the San Francisco Bay aboard the 82-foot yacht Nokomis, provided by Heffernan Insurance Brokers. Enjoy hors d’oeuvre prepared by Tim Quaintance, Chef de Cuisine of Boulevard, and two cases of premium wines. Thirty guests will have use of the Nokomis for five hours for a day or evening cruise. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, corporate event, or just a fun day with friends, don’t miss this one-of-a-kind experience. What could be better than saltwater, sea air, and the glittering City by the Bay to pair with the freshest flavors California has to offer!
All food and wine costs are included. Date to be mutually agreed upon.
Value: $3,000 / Private chef and wine experience — Priceless
Auction Lot #10:
Pinot, Pigs and BBQ
Get ready for a year (and beyond!) of absolutely top-notch gourmet grilling. Dacor’s Discovery 36″ Outdoor Grill is state-of-the-art — with professional-grade stainless steel, impeccable styling, and all the bells and whistles (built-in halogen lights!), you’ll wonder how you ever grilled before. To complete the set-up, you’ll also get Dacor’s Discovery Outdoor Grill Cart, so you’ll have easy storage for your tools and accessories. Now fire up the grill, because you’ll be getting a monthly selection of Marin Sun Farms’ 100% grass fed and pasture raised meats. And to make your grilling experience complete, uncork a different magnum of Pinot Noir each month — including:
2009 Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2011 August West Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
2010 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Fault Estate Pinot Noir
2010 Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
2009 Miura Vineyards Matador Pinot Noir
2009 Peter Michael Winery Clos du Ciel Pinot Noir
2007 Radio Coteau Savoy Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
2011 Rivers–Marie Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir
2010 Sandler Wine Company Keeper Ranch Pinot Noir
2010 Williams Selyem Winery Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir
Two additional magnums, to be announced at the Gala
This is taking barbeque up more than a notch — now sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Auction Lot #11:
Harvest Holiday in Splendid España — Trip of a Lifetime to Spain with Gerald Hirigoyen, Sylvain Portay, Laurent Manrique and Emmanuel Kemiji
A once-in-a-lifetime epicurean adventure awaits six guests at the Clos Pissarra vineyard, in Spain’s Priorat region, 60 miles southwest of Barcelona. Your hosts and tour guides for this very special trip will be the vineyard founders: celebrity chefs Gerald Hirigoyen of bocadillos and Piperade, Sylvain Portay of Alain Ducasse, and Laurent Manrique of New York’s Millesime, Café de la Presse, Blanc & Rouge and soon to be wine bar Aquitaine, and Master Sommelier and proprietor of Miura Vineyards, Emmanuel Kemiji. Your trip will begin with a night’s stay in Barcelona and dinner with all your hosts at a restaurant (or restaurants) of their choosing. In the morning, travel to the famed La Boqueria market with your hosts to choose all the ingredients for your meals over the next three days. After your trip to La Boqueria, your group will travel to Clos Pissarra and spend three nights with your hosts at Mas dels Frares, a former Cistercian monastery founded in the fifteenth century, and extending over 250 acres with broad views of the rolling valleys of Priorat. Your group and your hosts will occupy the entire property and have your meals together there. Your tour guides will craft intimate dinner experiences for you and give you a personal tour of the vineyard.
From the city to country, the historic Priorat region to the new winery at Clos Pissarra, the Mediterranean sea to the Monstant mountains, this trip will afford a unique opportunity to experience the unparalleled pleasures of feasting and friendship in a spectacular landscape where rich historical, spiritual, and agricultural traditions infuse the wines and winemaking.
Date to be mutually agreed upon. Trip needs to be taken in September 2013, May 2014 or September 2014, when the weather and is best!
Value: $4,000 / Private chef and estate experience — Priceless
Auction Lot #12:
Old World Bordeaux Lot — Two Cases
1990 Chateau Angelus
1982 Chateau Cos D’Estournel
2000 Chateau La Conseillante
(2) 1990 Chateau d’Yquem
2001 Chateau d’Yquem
1989 Chateau Haut-Brion
1995 Chateau Haut-Brion
1989 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
2001 Chateau Lafite Rothschild
1978 Chateau Lafite Rothschild
1998 Chateau Latour
1981 Chateau Leoville-Las Cases
1990 Chateau Leoville-Las Cases
1998 Chateau Leoville-Las Cases
1994 Chateau Lynch Bages
1985 Chateau Margaux
(2) 1986 Chateau Margaux
1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild
1998 Chateau Mouton Rothschild
1989 Chateau Pichon Baron
1995 Chateau Pichon Lalande
2009 Chateau Pontet-Canet
This lot was made possible through the generous donation of wines from many individuals. We extend a very special thank you to all those who contributed special Old World Bordeaux from their collections.
Auction Lot #13:
Rustic and Refined — Sonoma Wine Country Experience at Peay Vineyards with Andy Peay, Staffan Terje and Ari Rosen
Head to the rugged and beautiful landscape of Sonoma wine country, where six guests will enjoy a wine country experience that is the perfect marriage of rustic and refinement. Join Andy Peay on the beautiful, wild ridge above the Sonoma coast that is home to the family-run Peay Vineyards. Andy will lead you on a private walking tour of the vineyard — or if rigorous outdoor adventure is what you’re craving, you can bring along your bikes and see even more of the ridge up close! After your initial taste of this special locale, settle in on the porch of the Vineyard’s barn house for local cheeses and outstanding wines made from these soils. In the evening, Staffan Terje, celebrated Executive Chef of Perbacco Ristorante + Bar, and Chef-Owner Ari Rosen of Healdsburg’s acclaimed Scopa will craft a special dinner menu to pair with Peay’s precise, intense wines. Linger over dinner and stay as a guest of Andy Peay at the vineyard and in the morning watch the coastal fog roll back from your rooms in the barn house. Complete your trip with a VIP tour and wine-paired luncheon at the historic Martinelli Winery in the Russian River Valley.
All food and wine costs are included. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Special thanks to Andy Peay, Staffan Terje, Leslie & Umberto Gibin and Ari Rosen.
Value: Accommodations, dinner & wine — $3,000 / Private chef and estate experience — Priceless
Auction Lot #14:
Instant Wine Cellar
It’s the third anniversary of our Instant Wine Cellar and this year’s selection of wines promises to be as eclectic and interesting as ever. Each Gala guest was asked to contribute one special bottle of wine to our Instant Cellar — there may be as many as 200 bottles (or more!) in this collection. There’s no telling what vintages and varietals you’ll get, but the lucky winner is sure find a wide range to sip, savor, and share. Some guests have already told us what they will be donating to the 2013 Meals On Wheels of San Francisco Instant Cellar, and here are some highlights:
2006 Aubert Chardonnay
2004 Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine Leflaive
2006 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet (Signed by Winemaker)
2002 Domaine Francois Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre Chablis Premier Cru
2001 Grace Family Cabernet
2005 Hanna Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Husic Chardonnay
2005 Jones Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Jones Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Kistler Chardonnay
2005 Kistler Chardonnay
2008 Kosta Browne Gary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
2007 La Sirena Barrett Vineyard Syrah
2007 La Sirena Barrett Vineyard Syrah (Signed by Winemaker)
2006 Marcassin Three Sisters Chardonnay
2000 Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon Estate Red(2)
1994 Opus One
1994 Opus One (remove)
1990 Perrin & Fils Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape
2009 Phifer Pavitt/DATENIGHT Cabernet Sauvignon (Signed by Winemaker)
2009 Redmon Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 Silver Oak Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Stag’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Viader Cabernet Sauvignon (Signed by Winemaker)
Willem Selyem Pinot Noir
We are grateful to the many Gala attendees who contributed a bottle of wine to make this great auction lot possible.
Auction Lot #15:
In the Kitchen with Nancy Oakes & Michael Tusk — Dinner for Eight
Acclaimed chefs Nancy Oakes of Boulevard and Michael Tusk of Quince will come to your house for an exclusive wine pairing dinner for eight — or you’re invited to dine at Chef Oakes’ home in Healdsburg. Dinner will be paired with an amazing collection of 100-point wines — some highlights include 1998 Les Cailloux Cuvee Centenaire, 2001 Mordoree Cuvee de la Reine des Bois, 2001 Abreu Madrona Ranch, 2006 Colgin IX Proprietary Red Estate, and 2004 Sine Qua Non Poker Face. Eight guests will enjoy an unforgettable evening with extraordinary cuisine and wines!
All food and wine costs are included. Date to be mutually agreed upon.
Value: Food and wine – $5,000 / Private chef experience – Priceless
Auction Lot #16: Fund-a-Route
Make a Difference by Raising Your Paddle!
Last year, Meals On Wheels of San Francisco raised a record $485,000 during Fund-A-Route at the Live Auction. This support enabled us to provide nearly 100,000 meals to seniors needing of nutritious meals and supportive care. You can help us achieve our 2013 goal of raising $495,000 by supporting Fund-A-Route at one of the levels provided. If everyone at the Gala raises their paddle during Fund-A-Route, we will make a significant impact on relieving hunger for the seniors in our community.
$30,000 — 7,500 meals
$20,000 — 5,000 meals
$10,000 — 2,500 meals
$5,000 — 1,250 meals
$2,500 — 625 meals
$1,000 — 250 meals
$500 — 125 meals
$250 — 60 meals
2013 Fund-A-Route Goal: $495,000
Your kindness will make a direct and lasting impact on the life of a senior.