NAPA VALLEY, CA – On Saturday, April 29th, over 750 wine and food enthusiasts came together on the great lawn at HALL Wines in St. Helena to raise a record $80,000 for local charities at the 8th Annual Cabernet Cookoff. Fourteen chefs from Bay Area restaurants teamed up with local non-profits of their choice to create the best dish to pair with HALLs 2013 Coeur Cabernet Sauvignon, voted on by a panel of celebrity judges and the attendees of the event. This years record breaking amount raised brings HALLs Cabernet Cookoff 8-year fundraising total to over $400,000.
”Our team continues to be amazed each year that such talent, both in the participating chefs and judges, clear their very busy schedules to help us raise money for the community,” says Vintner Kathryn Walt Hall. ”We are beyond thankful to everyone involved – sponsors, volunteers, and attendees – for helping us raise a record amount of money for these amazing charities.”
Four celebrity judges participated in this years cookoff, including chef Duff Goldman of Food Networks Ace of Cakes, wine critic Virginie Boone of Wine Enthusiast, Michelin-rated chef Ken Frank of La Toque, and 12-time Olympic Medalist in swimming Natalie Coughlin. They were tasked with choosing a first place winner and runner-up from dishes such as Harris Ranchs Coffee Marinated Angus Hanger Steak with popcorn infused butter and Brix Restaurants Sonoma Duck Terrine with a black truffle praline tart.
This years fierce competition was documented in a short film. The 7-minute documentary follows three chefs, including Mark Dommen of One Market in San Francisco, Jen Biesty of Shakewell Restaurant in Oakland, and Brandon Watts of Bounty Hunter in Napa, as they compete against one another – and 11 other chefs to be named the best chef of the day and win for their charity. Released on June 6th, the film can be viewed here: http://www.hallwines.com/visit/special-events/cabernetcookoff
Chef Mark Dommen took home the Judges Choice first place medal for an unprecedented fourth time with his Liberty Farms Duck Risotto with smoked Gizzards, peas, and crispy duck skin, while chef Daniel Capra of Paula LeDuc Fine Catering was runner-up with his Urfa Pepper braised veal cheeks, shrimp grits, and sour cherry veal jus. Dommens charity of choice, Collabria Care of Napa, and Capras St. Helena Hospital were each awarded over $9,000.
Attendees were also given the opportunity to vote for their favorite dishes in the Peoples Choice Award competition. First place Peoples Choice winner was Chef Michael Wong of Intercontinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco with his Braised Oxtail Asada with pickled cucumber, avocado puree and queso fresco. The runner-up, with Steak Frites: charred hanger steak with crispy potato rosti, salsa verde, and aged balsamic, was Chef Jeremy Zimmerman of The Patriot Restaurant in Carmichael, CA. Their charities, Grace Cathedral of San Francisco and Food Literacy Center of Sacramento, respectively, were also awarded over $9,000. Proceeds of ticket sales and 15% of purchases of select wines sold throughout the event were donated to all participating charities.
For more information and winning recipes from this years event, please visit HALL Wines at www.hallwines.com. The 9th Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff will take place on Saturday, April 29th, 2018. Tickets are available now at www.hallwines.com.
HALL produces critically acclaimed artisan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, available to taste and buy at two tasting rooms and winery locations in Napa Valley. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Walt Hall, its vineyard collection features seven estate vineyards, of which five are California Certified Organic (CCOF) estates. Each vintage, Director of Winemaking Steve Leveque crafts distinct, Napa Valley-style Cabernet Sauvignon wines which demonstrate the unique characteristics and diversity of Napa Valley. HALLs highly rated wines include two 100pt scores given by Robert Parker for its 2013 Rainin Vineyard Cabernet and its 2010 Exzellenz. HALL also earned the #2 spot in Wine Spectators Top 100 for its 2008 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon. Since the first vintage in 2002, over 180 HALL wines have been rated 90 points and above. HALL employs high-density plantings and small vine viticulture combined with two cutting edge, gravity-flow wineries to produce the highest quality wines. The HALL St. Helena winery was the first LEED® Gold Certified Winery in the State of California in 2009 and earned another LEED® Gold certification for its high tech production facility and Tasting Room in 2014. Each of HALLs state-of-the-art winemaking facilities and tasting rooms combine modern art and architecture matched with spectacular settings. HALLs partner winery, WALT, known for producing premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from distinctive vineyards, is located in Sonoma, California. For more information, please visit www.hallwines.com, @hallwines, or by calling 707.967.2626.