VIP WINE DINNER
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner details subject to change
For 2021, supporters can enjoy either the in-person VIP Wine Dinner at Staglin Family Vineyard, or the virtual "Wine & Jazz Supper Club" experience that will take place at various Del Frisco's Steakhouses located across the United States.
VIP WINE DINNER SPONSOR:
Passionate author, chef, cyclist and philanthropist, Chris Cosentino is co-owner of Acacia House in Napa Valley, and Rosalie in Houston Texas with partner Oliver Wharton and parent company Delicious MFG & CO.
A graduate of the culinary program at Johnson & Wales University, Cosentino cooked at some of the country’s most beloved restaurants, including Red Sage in Washington, D.C. and Rubicon, Chez Panisse, Belon, and Redwood Park in the Bay Area, before Incanto, his first executive chef position. At Incanto, Cosentino drew critical acclaim for his innovative Italian and whole animal cooking. During Incanto’s twelve-year tenure, Cosentino mastered the art of hand-crafted cured meats and helped raise awareness about sustainability & utilizing the entire animal.
In 2014, Cosentino opened Cockscomb, showcasing a range of sustainable meat cuts and dishes inspired by the city’s rich culinary and artistic history. His cooking at Cockscomb earned a glowing three-star review from San Francisco Chronicle’s restaurant critic Michael Bauer, who noted of the restaurant: "There’s nothing else like it, and Cosentino has a consistent, unwavering vision."
2017 brought growth for Delicious MFG & CO. Drawing inspiration from Portland’s history, Cosentino and Wharton opened Jackrabbit to highlight the Pacific Northwest’s rich ingredient palate and talented artisans. Acacia House opened in 2017 to rave reviews “Cosentino strategically blends his bold style with a more refined approach” offers a modern interpretation of classic focusing on the origins of the amazing grape varietals found in Napa; France, Portugal, Spain, Italy & Germany. Fall of 2019, Cosentino opened his latest restaurant, Rosalie Italian Soul, named after and inspired by his great-grandmother, Rosalie Cosentino. The restaurant, located in Downtown Houston, is arguably Cosentino’s most personal endeavor to date. The menu features classic red – sauce dishes reminiscent of Cosentino Italian American upbringing, as well as his own interpretations.
Cosentino is author of the James Beard Award nominated cookbook for a Single Subject, Offal Good: Cooking from the Heart with Guts (2017), celebrating whole-animal cooking, and 2012 cookbook Beginnings: My Way to Start a Meal. Cosentino also collaborated with Marvel and wrote Wolverine: In the Flesh. Cosentino won season four of BRAVO's "Top Chef Masters,” earning over $140,000 for The Michael J. Fox Foundation, and he is a member of Chefs Cycle, a 300-mile annual bicycle ride that raises funds and awareness in support of No Kid Hungry. An avid cyclist, Cosentino also founded CampoVelo in 2017, an annual weekend-long culinary and biking event that raises money for Chefs Cycle. Cosentino lives in San Francisco with his wife Tatiana and son, Easton.
Founded in 1985 by Shari, Garen, Brandon and Shannon, Staglin Family Vineyard takes pride in the tradition of family ownership and participation. With an uncompromising commitment to quality, our mission is to produce world class wines that reflect the distinctive character of this historic Rutherford Bench estate.
As stewards of this land we farm the vineyard organically, tap into our solar fields for power and produce the wines in a state of the art underground production facility.
"Great wines for great causes" has been an important motto of our business and personal lives. Since we began farming our vineyard in 1985, we have donated and raised more than $920 million to support charities, including our main cause, the Music Festival for Brain Health.