Lifehouse Announces Details for 27th Annual Great Chefs and Wineries Gala, April 22

Rock Legend Huey Lewis to Host Fundraiser Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Press Release – SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (February 20, 2017)Lifehouse, a Marin County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, has announced details for its 27th Annual Great Chefs and Wineries gala to be held on Saturday, April 22 from 5:30 – 11:00 p.m. at Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael, California. Rock legend, Huey Lewis, a long-time supporter of the organization and Honorary Chair of the event, will host this year’s gala that will feature culinary delights and fine wines from more than 50 of the Bay Area’s most renowned chefs and wineries.

“I am grateful for Huey’s continued commitment to Lifehouse and the Great Chefs and Wineries event. He has spent time developing friendships with the people we serve. He really has become part of the Lifehouse family. We are also thankful to the other cornerstones of our event, Chef Heidi Insalata Krahling, the Culinary Host, Sid Sall, the Wine Committee Chair, and our event committee co-chairs, Eileen Kilgariff and Sharon Sides. Their dedication and loyalty is extraordinary,” said Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse President and CEO. “The support of our community, wineries, restaurants, sponsors, staff members and volunteers for this special celebration allows Lifehouse to continue providing the quality services that enable the people we serve to live as independently as possible.”

Lifehouse provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, enabling them to be productive members of the community. The organization began as a parent-led effort more than 60 years ago and is now one of the Bay Area’s most respected nonprofit organizations, dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people it serves through life skills training, community integration, advocacy and referral information. Independent living homes, intermediate care facilities, day support services, assessment, recreation and vacation travel for adult residents, as well as teen recreation integration programs, autism specialists, and in-home support for families are among Lifehouse’s many offerings. Additionally, Lifehouse provides support to individuals living in communities in the North Bay and San Francisco and continues to grow.

The gala festivities will begin in an outdoor tent where guests will dine on small plates expertly prepared by chefs from 25 of the Bay Area’s best restaurants. Guests will enjoy the delectable bites accompanied by an impressive lineup of more than 25 elite wineries. The event will also include a silent and live auction offering alluring trips, wonderful gifts, extraordinary wines, a beautiful piece of jewelry for the raffle sponsored by Cresalia Jewelers, an intimate concert by the Atlantic City Boys and a highly-anticipated musical/dance performance starring individuals served by Lifehouse. Great Chefs and Wineries is Lifehouse’s major fundraising event of the year, with last year’s event raising over half a million dollars for the organization.

Chefs and restaurants returning this year’s Great Chefs and Wineries event include Chef Howard Ko, Plumpjack’s Balboa Café; Chef Matthew Curry, Boca Tavern; Chef Robert Price, Buckeye Roadhouse; Chefs Joanne Weir and Daniel Tellez, Copita Tequileria y Comida; Chef John Burkhard, Hog Island Oyster Company; Chef David Haydon, Il Davide; Chef Carlos Beltran, Il Fornaio; Chef Heidi Insalata Krahling, Insalata’s; Chef Fabrice Marcon, Left Bank Brasserie; Chef Frank Villa, Marinitas; Chef Mario Pampin Gonzalez, The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap; Chef David Lugo, Perry’s Larkspur; Chef Josh Ludd, Piatti’s; Chef Bruce Hill, Picco; Chef Ben Balesteri, Poggio Trattoria; Chef Sean Saylor, Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar; Owner and Chef Yoshi Tome, Sushi Ran; Chef Michael Brady, Vin Antico; and Chef Debbie Coenen, WildFox Restaurant. We are thrilled to have new restaurants participating from San Francisco this year that include Chef Ryan O’Malley, EPIC Steak, and Chefs Parke Ulrich and Justin Baade, Waterbar; Chef Omar Huerta, Playa, from Mill Valley; Chefs Casey and Patrick Van Voorhis, Spoonbar, from Healdsburg; And lastly, from Cavallo Point, Sausalito, we are welcoming back Chef Justin Everett, Murray Circle.

Participating wineries returning this year include Benovia Winery, Duckhorn Wine Company, Dutton Goldfield, Estate 1856, Frank Family Vineyards, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Grgich Hills Estate, Hall Napa Valley, Hartford Family Winery, Keenan Winery, Kosta Browne Winery, Linked Vineyards, Navarro Vineyards, Papapietro Perry Winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Revana Family Vineyards, Schweiger Vineyards, Siduri Wines, Silver Oak Cellars, Thirty-Seven Wines, Vine Cliff Winery, and Wilson Winery. We are so happy to have new wineries participating this year that include Alpha Omega Winery, Brooks Note Winery, Littorai Wines, Merry Edwards Winery, and Vine Cliff Winery.

Additionally, returning breweries, Moylan’s and Marin Brewing Company will be joined by Four Point Beer Company, providing guests with locally-brewed beers. Champagne will be poured by Roederer Estate. Martinis made with vodka and gin from Sonoma Brothers Distilling will also be available, as well as alternative beverages from Sonoma Syrup and espresso and cappuccino served by Equator Coffee & Teas.

Taste Kitchen and Table will provide scrumptious macaroons in the tent and a specially designed dessert for guests in the dining room.

Reservations for Great Chefs and Wineries are required. Tickets are $350 per person and table of 10 sponsorships start at $4,000. Tickets are available at or by calling (415) 526-5300. All proceeds from the event benefit Lifehouse.

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About Lifehouse

Lifehouse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that has provided opportunity and independence to individuals with developmental disabilities through life-skills training, community integration, advocacy, referral and information. Lifehouse began as a parent-led effort in 1954 and is now one of the Bay Area’s most respected agencies, improving the quality of life for its residents and clients by helping each person become as independent as possible. Services include supported living, independent living homes, intermediate care facilities, individual day support services, assessments, information and referrals, affordable housing advocacy, recreation and vacation travel for adult residents, teen recreation integration programs, autism specialists and in-home support for families. More information about Lifehouse is available at
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