2011 Star Chefs and Vintners Gala for Meals on Wheels San Francisco


San Francisco Food and Wine NewsThe annual benefit for Meals on Wheels of San Francisco was another smash. According to organizers, the 24th edition of the annual gala raised a record-breaking $1.4 million — the most ever in its history.

Because of the outpouring of generosity from those that bid on auction items, the hundreds of volunteers, and those that donated, approximately 350,000 meals can be provided to homebound seniors.

It was quite the scene at Fort Mason and Loni Kao Stark was there in her “Black Swan” (as Clint refers to it) in this on location video that takes you behind the scenes. Here’s your chance to see what a “kitchen” (i.e. mega warehouse!) looks like while a gourmet 5-course dinner is being prepared for over 900 guests. Clue: it’s a gorgeous symphony of organized chaos.

Superstar chefs making appearance include Gala Chef Chairwoman Nancy Oakes (Boulevard), Chris Cosentino (Incanto), Tanya Holland (Brown Sugar Kitchen) – plus many others caught in action plating their hearts out.

After sampling dishes from some of Northern California’s top chefs during a high-spirited reception, guests moved into the dining area where a live auction was held. Meantime, there was lively conversation and celebration in honor of a great cause, all while guests enjoyed some fine dining.

Stark Insider TV – 2011 Stark Chefs and Vintners Gala

The climax of the evening (aside from a guilty-as-sin dessert reception!) was Fund‐A‐Route, in which guests pledged an astounding $360,000 towards funding a meal delivery route in San Francisco for the next year.

I could write more, but the best thing to do is to watch the highlights in this video package, shot on location at the hugely successful gala. Congratulations to all involved.

For more, don’t miss Loni’s write-up with even more photos: Star Chefs and Vintners Gala: Culinary creations paired with an inspiring cause.

Monica Turner
Contributor to Stark Insider for tech, the arts and All Things West Coast for over 10 years.