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SAN FRANCISCO (April 21, 2015) – With the help of Northern California’s illustrious superstars of food and wine, Meals On Wheels of San Francisco raised $2.63 million at the 28th Annual Star Chefs & Vintners Gala, which took place on April 19, 2015, at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The final tally matched last year’s record-breaking amount and is enough money to provide more than 520,000 meals to homebound seniors.
“Once again the Bay Area food and wine community has ensured that Meals On Wheels of San Francisco can continue to meet the needs of homebound seniors. This is symbolic of the amazing commitment of San Franciscans to ensure that all citizens are valued and supported,” said Ashley C. McCumber, Executive Director of Meals On Wheels of San Francisco. “The generous support of world-class restaurants and wineries, our corporate sponsors and individual donors, has guaranteed that Meals On Wheels of San Francisco can respond to the needs of a growing senior population.
The live auction featured several one-of-a-kind items including an exclusive buy-a-seat dinner party with chefs Nancy Oakes , Gary Danko, Tyler Florence and Yigit Pura cooking together for the first time. Seven bidders purchased seats at $13,000 a couple, which raised an astounding $91,000 – a Gala record. An auction lot for a culinary tour of the Basque Country with chefs Gerald Hirigoyen and Laurent Manrique, as well as a dinner with chefs Oakes and Dominique Crenn at Peter Michael, both went for $50,000. And a dinner for eight at the winner’s home with RICH Table’s Evan and Sarah Rich and SCRIBE Wines was sold twice at $35,000. (View the live auction catalog at www.mowsf.org/gala/live-auction.) The climax of the evening was Fund-A-Route, in which guests pledged a record-breaking $730,000 towards funding meal delivery routes in San Francisco for the next year.
More than 900 guests attended this year’s Gala, dining on the culinary creations of 100 of Northern California’s top chefs including Gala Chef Chair Nancy Oakes, Chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinksi (The Progress | State Bird Provisions), Josh Even (Tosca Café), Thomas McNaughton (flour + water), Adam Sobel (RN74), Staffan Terje and Laura Cronin (Perbacco Restorante + Bar | barbacco), Evan and Sarah Rich (Rich Table), Mourad Lahlou (Mourad), Yigit Pura (Tout Sweet Pâtisserie), and William Werner (Craftsman and Wolves). The full list of participating chefs and restaurants is at www.mowsf.org/gala/chefs.
More than 90 of California’s premier vintners also participated in the Gala, including BOND, Chateau Montelena Winery, Duckhorn Portfolio, Herb Lamb Vineyards, Levy McClellan, Melka Wines, Peay Vineyards, Realm Cellars, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Vineyard 29, and Williams Selyem Winery. Additionally, the reception included specialty cocktails created by celebrity mixologists, including Greg Lindgren of Rye, Morgan Schick of Trick Dog and Andrew Meltzer of 15 Romolo. View a list of participating vintners and mixologists at www.mowsf.org/gala/wineries.
Premiere Gala sponsors include American Express, AT&T, Bank of America, Blueprint Studios, First Republic Bank, Hartmann Studios, Kaiser Permanente, Mellon Capital, PG&E, the San Francisco Chronicle|SFGate.com, Silicon Valley Bank, Taste Catering & Event Planning and Valley Services. View the full sponsor list at www.mowsf.org/gala/sponsors.
View photos from the event at www.drewaltizer.com/events/5655/meals-on-wheels-of-san-franciscos-28th-annual-star.
About Meals On Wheels of San Francisco
Founded in 1970, Meals On Wheels of San Francisco is a locally run and locally funded organization. This year, we will deliver 1.4 million meals to seniors in every neighborhood in the City.
Meals On Wheels of San Francisco and its volunteers provide seniors what they need to live independent and dignified lives — nutritious meals, professional social work and friendly human contact.
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