By Derek Mims
Have you ever wished there was a way to combine your passion for wine with your altruistic nature? Beyond just sharing a treasured bottle with a friend (or favorite blog writer), I mean. Here are two opportunities to do just that – by attending these upcoming fundraising events in SF. Both of these events benefit local organizations that are doing some great charitable work. And they are pretty amazing wine events, too!
Feb 5– Wine & Wishes
5:00 – 11:00pm
City View on the 4th Floor of the Metreon, 101 4th Street (at Mission), SF
Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting 5:00 – 7:30pm; $150 per person
Winemaker Dinner 7:30 – 11:00pm; $350 per person (includes Tasting)
Benefitting the SF Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation
The tasting will feature a variety of restaurants and such wineries as Rubicon, Patz & Hall, Nickel & Nickel, Elizabeth Spencer, Pride Mountain, and Silver Oak. For the dinner, each course will be prepared by two different award-winning executive chefs from such restaurants as Farallon, One Market, Boulevard, and Navio at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Click here for a full list of participants.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. They are currently working on over 100 wishes in the Bay Area. Proceeds from Wine and Wishes will directly help fund these wishes; approximately 800 people are expected to attend the tasting.
One child who is recently got his wish is five-year-old Dylan from Rohnert Park. He left last week for a trip to Tahoe for his wish to see snow. He has Biliary Atresia and is need of a liver transplant. His father just heard that he is a match and will donate a portion of his liver to Dylan in February.
5:30 – 8:30pm
2 Folsom Cafe at Gap Inc., 2 Folsom Street, 7th Floor, SF
Wine Expert Seminar and Dinner benefitting the St Anthony’s Foundation
ONE HOUR WINE EXPERT™: In this fast-paced, action-packed class you will expand your knowledge of wine beyond the fundamentals, while enjoying a full scope of varietals. Kevin Zraly is a noted wine expert, educator, and author, as well as the founder of the Windows on the World Wine School.
This event benefits the St. Anthony’s Foundation and its efforts to build a new dining room facility. St Anthony’s is an organization committed to providing the poor of San Francisco with basic needs and services (food, clothing, shelter, medical care, etc) as a gateway to reclaiming their sense of dignity and to progressing towards stability. They serve about one million meals each year–almost 40% of all free meals served in San Francisco–and are the only free food program that is open every day of the year. The Dining Room is an entry point for guests into our other services and is staffed with social workers who help guide them to these services, which include a Free Medical Clinic, Tenderloin Technology Lab, Social Work Center, Free Clothing Program, and the Fr. Alfred Center (a men’s recovery program).
Note, in the interest of full disclosure: The producers of each of these events have graciously offered us media passes to attend the events, so that we can report on them first-hand. We hope some of you will join us in supporting these organizations and their efforts!