ChefsGiving Week—a restaurant-driven fundraiser for Northern California fire relief—culminates in a Gala at San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building on Sunday, Nov.19 from 4pm to 7pm. Tickets are on sale now and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund and Restaurants Care .
The Chefs Giving Gala is the Bay Area’s big-hearted food and wine community coming together for a cause close to home.
Chaired by Debbie Zachareas of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, and hosted by Liam Mayclem (KCBS Radio’s “Foodie Chap”) and Leslie Sbrocco (KQED’s “Check, Please! Bay Area”), the Gala is a fundraiser and celebration to officially bring a close to a week of giving by more than 85 Bay Area restaurants. Guests will enjoy wine from more than 50 wineries across California and the globe, with a total of more than 250 wines to taste, and food by the Ferry Building’s renowned restaurants and eateries. Cocktails and bites will be served outside in the CUESA kitchen, Hog Island will provide oysters, and guests can enjoy a cheese and foie gras cave featuring cheese from Cowgirl Creamery and members of the California Artisan Cheese Guild. An inaugural Chef Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by Williams-Sonoma will also be given to a local chef.
“I am truly honored to witness our community coming together. We expect almost every vendor in the Ferry Building to contribute to this Gala, give back to those impacted by the fires, and pay homage to the chefs who donated to ChefsGiving for an entire week. I was bowled over by the outpouring of support from wineries and my colleagues and peers in the Ferry Building who are generously providing all of the food and wine for the Gala. After a week of giving, it’s our turn to toast and host guests,” said Zachareas.
In an effort to raise more for the two ChefsGiving charity partners, Mayclem and Sbrocco will host a live auction to include one-of-a-kind lots, such as: an “Instant Wine Cellar” with 100 bottles of wine from top wineries including Chateau Montelena , Littorai Wines , Pride Mountain Vineyards , Silver Oak , Shafer , Peay Vineyards , Hirsch Vineyards , and Duckhorn Vineyards ; “Dinner for a Year,” with 52, $100 gift certificates from local restaurants; and a two-night getaway to Las Vegas hosted by Chef Hubert Keller.
Two ticketing options are available via Eventbrite (http://bit.ly/2h0cme0), all of which include unlimited wine, food, and cocktail tastings:
- $195 VIP Tickets: Arrive an hour before general admission to mingle with ChefsGiving Week restaurant chefs, enjoy exclusive Champagne tastings from Ruinart , Veuve Clicquot , Krug , and Dom Perignon , and caviar from The Caviar Company.
- $125 General Admission
“The Chefs Giving Gala is the Bay Area’s big-hearted food and wine community coming together for a cause close to home,” said ChefsGiving Founder, Liam Mayclem. “It’s an event that will honor our neighbors affected by the fires and also allow us to give thanks to the many chefs who fed those in need. It’s our way of saying we care and that aid will continue to be on the way”.
ChefsGiving Week (November 13-19) is a fundraising effort to support those devastated by wildfires in Northern California. During the week, restaurants of all price points will hold a variety of events to support Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund and Restaurants Care. The Bay Area’s most recognized chefs and restaurants will join, including Atelier Crenn, Manresa, Mourad, The Slanted Door, Robin, Outerlands, The Riddler, La Folie, Foreign Cinema, Donato Enoteca, The Restaurant at CIA Copia, La Costanera, Shakewell, La Marcha, Dumpling Time, Navio at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, and fast-casual spots like 4505 Burgers & BBQ, Souvla, and Media Noche. Pop-ups powered by Feastly before and during ChefsGiving Week will also be available for chefs without a permanent restaurant space.
The Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund directly supports low-income communities affected by the devastating fires in the North Bay. Restaurants Care, an emergency assistance fund for restaurant workers formed by the California Restaurant Association Foundation, has dedicated specific funds to support restaurant workers who are affected by the fires.
For more information about ChefsGiving, visit chefsgiving.org and follow along on social media for the latest news: @ChefsGiving on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Restaurants interested in participating are encouraged to visit chefsgiving.org and contact Maddie Emodi, firstname.lastname@example.org.