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Wine & Wishes 2014
There’s an array of committed and talented people behind Wine and Wishes as they celebrated its 13th year of fundraising benefiting Make-a-Wish Greater Bay Area, the team responsible for turning San Francisco into Gotham City for Miles, aka “Batkid,” a 5 year old cancer patient whose wish was to be “Batkid” for a day. Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants 350+ wishes annually and is one of the largest chapters of Make-A-Wish nationwide. Since its founding in 1984, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area has granted over 6,000 wishes to date and grants over 340 wishes per year. This year’s Wine & Wishes event was held on Saturday, February 1st at the scenic Treasure Island in San Francisco.
This year’s Wine and Wishes event raised $820,000.00 which will be used to grant wishes for children between the ages of 2 ½ – 18 years and who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. The event’s success can be attributed to many things, but mainly the superstar chefs and sommeliers, the restaurant and winery participants, as well as its corporate sponsors who collaborated to make one spectacular evening of philanthropy centered on gourmet food and wine. This was a ticketed event that sold out and philanthropists and gastronomies alike experienced the event in one of two ways: Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting, held at the Iconic Art Deco Building, where one can sample over 50 of the best local restaurants and wineries or the Winemaker Dinner held just steps away at Winery SF, San Francisco’s only working winery, where diners experience a four course dinner created by an all-star cast of executive chefs coupled with a Sommelier service pairing fine wines with each dinner course.
This year’s rockstar chefs include: Mark Dommer of One Market, Ken Frank of La Toque, Jason Halverson of Stones Throw, Lawrence Jossel of Nopa, Patrick Kelly of Gitane, Yo Matsuzaki of Ozumo, Roland Passot of La Folie, Richard Reddington of Redd, Carlos Sanchez of Parcel 104 and Terry Wu of Farallon. Renowned Sommeliers responsible for the wonderful wine pairings during the four course dinner include: Amy Curran, Dren Dedona, Paul Einbund, Eugenio Jardin, Ananda Neil, Hans Puribot, Rob Renteria and Debbie Zachareas.
At the Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting, each restaurant and winery participant showcased some of their signature dishes or signature pours and it was absolutely playful to the palate! From Kara’s Cupcakes, to Radius’ Salt Water Macaron with Trout Mousse, to Cupola’s Lamb Polpette with Spicy San Marzano Sauce, mint and pecorino romano, to Lark Creek Steak’s Filet Mignon Tartare on crostini, to E&O Asian Kitchen’s Green Curry & Coconut Ceviche with scallops, mangoes, chilies, cilantro and crispy taro to Harvey’s Gourmet Donuts (only to name a few). And of course all these delicious eats were paired perfectly with the evening’s wine selection: Matanzas Creek, Merry Edwards, Costello di Amorosa, Gundlach Bundschu, Vin des Temps, and many others. The room not only buzzed with energy from gourmet eats and sips, but with auction items as well. Autographed footballs, baseballs, sports jerseys, cases of wines, wine magnums as well as other auction-worthy memorabilia were all part of the room’s scene.
It was an amazing evening and I was so touched knowing that every ounce of wine that was poured and every last morsel that was savored was all in the spirit of making wishes come true for some kids.