More than 600 food and wine enthusiasts headed to HALL St. Helena on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to taste, sip, and crown four champions at the 5th Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff on May 18.
Raising more than $42,000, the event featured 15 All-Star San Francisco and Napa Valley-based Chef teams.
The Chefs were tasked with creating a dish to pair with 2011 HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and competed for a local charity of their choice.
Chef Mark Dommen from One Market restaurant in San Francisco took the coveted ‘Judge’s Choice’ first place for his charity, Napa Hospice & Adult Day Service, with his Potato Gnocchi dish.
The ‘People’s Choice’ winner was a dish of Crispy Oxtail Tacos by Chef Daniel Capra of Paula Le Duc Catering. Their charity partner was the St. Helena Hospital Foundation.
“The Cabernet Cookoff is a fun way to help our community,” says vintner, Kathryn Hall.
“Everyone involved with this event - including our generous sponsors, the incredible Bay Area chef teams, enthusiastic non-profit organizations and the entire HALL staff - all donated their time, joining forces to create a spectacular day full of opportunities learn about various philanthropic missions. Today, everyone came out a winner.”
Second place ‘Judge’s Choice’ was Earth’s Bounty Kitchen & Wine Bar benefitting the Community Action NV Food Bank while the second place ‘People’s Choice’ winner was the Bounty Hunter Winebar & Smokin’ BBQ, whose charity was Napa Humane.
Dishes were evaluated by guests and a special panel of judges including Chef Ken Frank of La Toque, Chef Lars Krommark of the Culinary Institute of America, Chris Macias from Sacramento Bee, Sarah Sung from UrbanDaddy, and Ian White from San Francisco Magazine.
This year’s event marked the first at HALL St. Helena’s new tasting room, featuring all 15 participants on HALL’s newly renovated Great Lawn with the Bergfeld vineyards with the Mayacama mountains in the background. Additionally, sponsors and VIP’s had a chance to visit the Social Media and Sponsor Lounge presented by Villagio that featured a large plasma TV wired to all of HALL’s social media channels.
The tasting room was open throughout the Cabernet Cookoff, allowing guests to taste the entire portfolio of HALL Wines.
Four recently released vintages were served including 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and 2011 “Jack’s Masterpiece” Cabernet Sauvignon.
Proceeds from wine sales as well as HALL merchandise benefited the Cabernet Cookoff as well.
Since inception, the Cabernet Cookoff has raised $75,000 for charities in and around the Bay Area.
The 2013 HALL CabernetCookoff drew more than 480 culinary and wine lovers and raised $30,000 for the top four winning team’s sponsored charities. Visit the Chefs teams’ page on the Cabernet Cookoff website for a complete list of winners, participants, and featured non-profit organizations.
The Hall Cabernet Cookoff is an annual community fundraising event organized by the Craig & Kathryn Hall Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
For more information, please visit www.cabernetcookoff.org or via social channels using#cabernetcookoff.