Days Of Wine, Food And Fundraising
At the beginning of each summer the famed charity event Auction Napa Valley focuses on food nearly as much as on wine, showcasing the cuisine of prestigious chefs from around the country. This year’s culinary program featured Napa Valley chefs exclusively, with a particular emphasis on farm to table dining, echoing the auction’s theme of all things local: local charities, local vineyard to table wines, and local culinary talent. At dinner parties up and down the Valley scores of the region’s chefs prepared meals to accompany great Napa Valley wines. The main day of the auction featured the cuisine of two superstars: Cindy Pawlcyn (Mustards Grill, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, and Go Fish) and Michael Chiarello (Bottega Napa Valley and NapaStyle.)
Auction Napa Valley is the most successful charity wine auction in the world and has given nearly $100 million to scores of non-profit programs. The auction was founded in 1981 under the vision of Robert and Margrit Mondavi and has grown to be an annual four day celebration of wine, food and fundraising.