I attended this cool event with Michael Perlis last year.  If you search the handy box on the top left of this blog you can read the blog post about it.  I really dug the great wine and exquisite food vendors they had set up for us under big watercolor-blue umbrellas.  The guests were great, the music an added plus and it all went to a great cause: The Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship fund.  Read below to see why you want to meet me in Westwood this coming Sunday:

WHAT:  Wally’s 7th Annual Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration with renowned Angeles and Santa Barbara chefs and Central Coast vintners, all of whom were influenced and inspired by the talents of Michael Bonaccorsi.

§  The finest restaurants of Southern and Central California: Frank Ostini showcasing the art of grilling on his traveling Santa Maria Barbecue pit from The Hitching Post II; Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza by Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina; La Brea Bakery; Spago Beverly Hills; CUT; Lucques/A.O.C./Tavern; Comme Ça; Gelato Bar and the Hungry Cat.  Featured from the best of the Central Coast are: Bouchon/Seagrass; Artisan; Pasolivo; Olio e Limone Ristorante; The Ballard Inn Restaurant; Brothers’ Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern and Full of Life Flatbread from Los Alamos.  Joining the event for the first time is Josiah Citrin’s celebrated Caché Restaurant & Lounge, in Santa Monica and the new Wally’s Cheese Box.

§  Scheduled to appear are a wine lover’s paradise of nearly 60 wineries from the best of California’s prized Central Coast. To date, confirmed wineries include Au Bon Climat; Qupé; Hitching Post Wines; L’Aventure; Tyler; Jorian Hill; Melville; Paul Lato; Alma Rosa; Justin; Jonata;  Fiddlehead; Rusack; Talley; Ambullneo; Whitcraft; Row Eleven; Tantara; Arcadian; The Ojai Vineyard; Claiborne & Churchill and Talbott.  

§  Silent auction will include exclusive travel packages to Avia in Napa; the Capella resort in Ixtapa; The Benjamin Hotel in New York; the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley; Las Ventanas al Paradiso in Cabo San Lucas; Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills; Hadsten House in Solvang; and a week-long fabulous vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard.  Also featured this year is a special appearance and signing by photographer Mark Robert Halper, who will donate 50% of the book sales of his latest collection, Sunlight and Water: Celebrating the Winemakers of Santa Barbara County, to the scholarship fund.

§  Sponsored by the generous support of dineLA.com, and Fiji Water®.

WHO: Meredith Bell, recipient of the 2010 Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship at U.C. Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology will appear to meet vintners and guests.
WHEN: Sunday, August 1, 2010, 12 noon – 4:00 p.m. Tickets $95 in advance / $125 at the door
WHY: Over 500 guests will help to raise over $50,000 for the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund at U.C. Davis’ School of Viticulture and Enology.  The scholarship was developed by the Bonaccorsi family in response to the overwhelming reaction of friends and wine professionals interested in creating a lasting memorial to the man who generously shared his knowledge and talents throughout his brilliant, yet tragically short career.  The Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration is the primary source of funding for this meaningful scholarship.

WHERE: Wally’s Wine & Spirits • 2107 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025. 310.475.0606 or visit Wally’s Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration.