Good Eats for a Good Cause – Meals On Wheels Star Chefs & Vintners Gala San Francisco

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege to attend the Meals on Wheels San Francisco 26th Annual Star Chefs & Vintners Gala which raise more than 2.16 Million dollars, translating to 430,000 meals to homebound seniors.

Headlined by Nancy Oakes, Gala Chef Chairwoman ( Boulevard restaurant), it is the biggest gathering of chefs and vintners in San Francisco every year, and I have it on my calendar pretty much as soon as it is announced.Β  The majority of the ticket goes towards the fund raising and there are silent and exciting live auctions to help raise money towards the goal.Β  See complete list of chefs and vintners here

The event starts with a 2 hour reception where Bay Area restaurants, wineries and cocktail makers demonstrate their skills with amazing small plates and pairing with wines and cocktails.

Opening reception, 2013 Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala

Opening reception, 2013 Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala

Bryan Harrington with Harrington Winery at Meals on Wheels annual gala

Kenneth Leung with Bryan Harrington, winemaker, Harrington Wines, San Francisco

After the opening reception there is a three course sit-down dinner prepared by chefs from different restaurants (My meal was prepared by Americano Restaurant, State Bird Provisions and Jardiniere)

Rabbit "chop-chop' Black Trumpet Ranch, by State Bird Provisions - Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski

Rabbit “chop-chop’ Black Trumpet Ranch, by State Bird Provisions – Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski. Meals on Wheels Gala San Francisco 2013

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Spring Lamb and New Potatoes and Nicoise Olives by Morgan Mueller of Jardiniere, Meals on Wheels San Francisco Gala 2013

After the dinner was the live auction with items including special food and wine experiences with the chefs of some of San Francisco’s finest restaurants.

Live auction including dining experiences with Nancy Oaks, Chef Chair of the Gala

Nancy Oakes, Chef Chair of the Gala, addressing the crowd during the live auction of 2013 Meals on Wheels Gala San Francisco

Chefs supporting the Gala on stage at the end of the dinner experience

Chefs supporting the Gala on stage at the end of the dinner experience, Meals on Wheels 2013 Gala San Francisco

The evening then finishes up with a dessert reception and dancing to end the evening.

One of the dessert stations, Meals on Wheels 2013 Gala, San Francisco

One of the dessert stations, Meals on Wheels 2013 Gala, San Francisco

At the end of the evening, $2.16 million dollars was raised for a good cause. The following video best explains the goals and activities of Meals on Wheels San Francisco.

Please visit the Meals on Wheels San Francisco web site for volunteer and other information.

Looking forward to putting next year’s event on my calendar.

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