Laurent Manrique’s success as both a chef and a restaurateur stems from his mastery of French cuisine, dedicated patronage, and his uncanny business savvy. After earning two Michelin stars as the executive chef at Aqua in San Francisco, Laurent opened Café de la Presse along with wine bars Blanc et Rouge and Rouge et Blanc to resounding critical praise. In 2011, Laurent opened Millesime at the Carlton Hotel in New York City, which was named one of Esquire’s "Best New Restaurants." Inspired by the cuisine and wines of his native Gascony, Laurent returned to San Francisco and opened Aquitaine Wine Bistro in the fall of 2013.
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Tibetan Aid Project
Chef Charlie Palmer has perfected the concept of “Progressive American Cuisine” at his slew of lauded restaurants, including the three-star flagship Aureole in New York City. Influenced by classical French technique, Chef Charlie combines bold flavors and farm-fresh, regional American ingredients to create unexpected and inventive dishes. A frequent guest on NBC’s The Today Show, the James Beard Award winner has also written a number of popular cookbooks, including his most recent, Charlie Palmer’s American Fare.
China Live is an interactive culinary and cultural destination created by lauded chef George Chen in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, offering an in-depth exploration of Greater Chinese gastronomy. The culinary hub’s mission is to demystify Chinese ingredients and recipes while educating guests on the rich history and influence of China’s culinary legacy. China Live’s Broadway Street presence includes the Oolong Café, Market Restaurant & Bar, Retail Marketplace, and the fine dining Eight Tables by George Chen, making it a must-visit San Francisco Bay Area culinary destination.
China Live Supports
Chinatown Community Development Center
Chef Chris Cosentino is the meat-loving mind behind Cocksomb, the celebrated San Francisco restaurant that pays homage to the Bay Area’s culinary bounty and heritage. His early culinary career saw him in the kitchen of some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants, including Chez Panisse and Rubicon. Chef Chris is also a beloved reality T.V. personality and cookbook author; he’s hosted his own show on Food Network, competed on The Next Iron Chef, and won Season 4 of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters.
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Chefs Cycle Share Our Strength
Claus Meyer is the initiator of the New Nordic Cuisine movement and co-founder of the Nordic Food Lab and the now legendary noma. Meyer has hosted several Danish and international cooking shows and written numerous cookbooks. Believing in food as a driver for social change, Meyer established the Melting Pot Foundation in 2010, which initiated a cooking school project in Danish state prisons, a cooking school in La Paz, Bolivia, which provides culinary education to impoverished Bolivians and serves as a fine dining restaurant, GUSTU. Meyer’s newest social project is the Brownsville Community Culinary Center, is a culinary school, cafeteria, bakery, and community center. In 2016 he also opened Agern and the Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Terminal, bringing the culinary concepts, flavors, and ideas rooted in the history and landscapes of Nordic countries to New York.
Claus Meyer Supports
Brownsville Community Culinary Center
Cousins Maine Lobster
Cousins Maine Lobster started as a single food truck founded by cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac. Today, Tselikis and Lomac have transformed Cousins Maine Lobster into a nationally recognized brand, with 21 food trucks across the country, a restaurant in West Hollywood, and a website that ships fresh lobster and other Maine-inspired goods to hungry customers. Tselikis and Lomac appeared on the hit ABC show Shark Tank in 2012, and their franchise business soon took off. The cousins recently published their first book, Cousins Maine Lobster: How One Food Truck Became a Multimillion-Dollar Business.
Cousins Maine Lobster Supports
The American Red Cross Get Prepared California 2018
Dustin Valette is the acclaimed chef of Valette, the Healdsburg restaurant he co-owns with his brother, Aaron Garzini. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Dustin envisioned a restaurant that served high quality yet honest food while providing a canvas for Sonoma County farmers, winemakers, and artisans to showcase their crafts. Since its opening in 2015, Valette has been featured in Forbes, Food + Wine, Wine Spectator, Harper’s Bazaar, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others, and was recently proclaimed a “Top 100 Wine Restaurant in the United States” by Wine Enthusiast.
Dustin Valette Supports
The Green Dog Rescue Project
A native of Brazil, Eugenio Jardim can trace his first memories of wine back to the leisurely Sunday brunches shared with his father, who would serve the slightly chilled Chianti “in fiasco” to offset the tropical heat. Eugenio pursued his wine dreams in San Francisco, where he worked alongside some of the biggest names in wine, including Debbie Zachareas, and helmed wine programs at restaurants like Jardinière and Bar Jules. The sommelier has been a featured guest and speaker at wine events around the world and has been featured as a wine expert in numerous publications and television programs.
Eugenio Jardim Supports
The Nika Project
Forte Dei Marmi
Situated in an intimate 1938 Mediterranean revival building, Forte Dei Marmi has been meticulously restored and transformed into an atmosphere of sublime sophistication, with a focus on authenticity of materials and depth of detail.The contemporary aesthetic conjures up the allure of Italian beach culture — with particular inspiration drawn from the Forte Dei Marmi seaside resort in northern Tuscany’s Lucca province. Forte Dei Marmi provides a sensorial epicurean experience with its stunning yet simple cuisine. With a focus on fresh and delicious ingredients, the award-winning restaurant surpasses other Italian eateries by featuring unrivaled re-imagined dishes not found elsewhere.
Forte Dei Marmi Supports
The American National Red Cross
Francis Hogan brings more than 20 years of culinary experience to his position as the inventive executive chef of Pleasanton tapas destination Sabio On Main. His culinary career has included stints at renowned restaurants in his hometown of Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, and now Pleasanton. The well-rounded chef is also a certified member of the butcher’s guild, cheese specialist, and sommelier. His food draws inspiration from seasonal ingredients and the bounty of farm-fresh provisions in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Francis Hogan Supports
The James Beard Foundation
One of the hottest new restaurants to hit San Francisco’s sizzling dining scene, Glena’s Tacos & Margaritas has quickly become the go-to spot for the zestiest bites in town. Helmed by chef Michael Gaines, who’s worked in the kitchens of popular Bay area restaurants like Kin Khao and Manresa, Glena’s boasts bright salsas and tangy margaritas in a cozy, welcoming setting. The casual restaurant has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, and Eater SF.
The Gustu restaurant was established in April 2013, with the aim of becoming a showcase for the great productive, cultural and biodiverse potential of Bolivia. They work exclusively with Bolivian products, seeking revaluation and recognition of local products and the work of the producers that make them possible. We seek to understand Bolivia from its dry and cold Andean landscapes, passing through the cool and warm vegetation of its valleys, to its wetlands and its rich Amazonian rivers, but never forgetting its people. Our goal is to propose to our guests a culinary offer that promotes the development of a more precise perception of local products and flavors.
Brownsville Community Culinary Center
At Jack’s Home Cooking, we know the importance of a mealtime experience and we know how to make it special. The food is not fancy, but it will be tasty. And if you’re not hungry, grab a seat and join us at the bar. Our bartenders are always looking to make new friends. And rumor has it, they can make a pretty mean cocktail. We are right where we belong. This is our home. Join us. You are part of our family.
Jack's Miami Supports
Meals on Wheels of America
Chef Marc Forgione has been developing his skills in the kitchen since he was 16 years old, first working in his father’s restaurant and then with notable chefs Kazuto Matsusaka, Patricia Yeo, Michel Guerard and Laurent Tourondel. Chef Marc opened his eponymous restaurant in TriBeCa in 2008, where he showcases his innovative yet approachable New American cuisine using seasonal, local ingredients. In 2010, he earned his first Michelin star at just 30 years old, making him the youngest chef/owner in NYC to receive that honor. That same year, he won the Next Iron Chef competition on Food Network.
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Chef Massimo Falsini is the award-winning executive chef at the Michelin-starred Solbar at Solage, an Auberge Resort in Napa Valley. A native of Italy, Chef Massimo has spent over 25 years in some of the finest kitchens around the world and earned a Michelin star when he helmed Harry’s Bar in Rome. Today at Solbar, he imbues the flavors of his Italian childhood with the exceptional local produce that Northern California is known for.
Massimo Falsini Supports
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
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Clos Pissarra Winemaker Dinner with Tastes of Gascony and Basque Country
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Springtime Aioli Luncheon at Café de la Presse