The 2015 Winemaker Dinner series featured some of our best partnerships in wine and food yet.
Our Winemaker Dinner series has been a longtime favorite event for many of our guests. These dinners were held in private homes and wineries around the Puget Sound area where vintners poured library wines and their cellar favorites. Local award-winning Chefs created custom menus while philanthropists and wine lovers gathered around the table to share stories. This was truly an intimate evening showcasing the best of Washington in the hope of raising funds for children across the region in need of medical care. This year's dinners each featured an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many.
Chairman's Dinner -
with L'ecole N°41 Winery
Community and Industry Leaders and Auction Co-Chairs Marty and Megan Clubb and Frank and Charlene Blethen invite you to join them as they continue the tradition of our exclusive Chairmans' Dinner. This celebration will be held at the home of Rick and Kandy Holley perched on a hillside above Bellevue with views stretching from Tacoma to Mt. Baker. Guests will be treated to an exceptional dining experience provided by Chef Russell Dean Lowell of Russell's. Special guests at this dinner will be our Honorary Vintner, DeLille Cellars, and Honorary Grower, Dick and Wendy Shaw, as well as our 2015 Honorary Chair, Andy Perdue.
This dinner is limited to 40 guests and is available only to guests who are also attending the Winemaker Gala or purchasing a weekend package.
Bainbridge Island Farm to Table
with Brian Carter Cellars and Reininger Winery
Graced with stunning gardens and elegant grounds, Doug and Cassie Picha’s Bainbridge Island home is the magical setting for an evening of Washington wine and Northwest fare. Kelly Tucker of Reininger Winery and Mike Stevens of Brian Carter Cellars will be on hand to share their wines while beloved food writer and owner/chef Greg Atkinson, Restaurant Marche, creates an exquisite meal for your enjoyment.
Featured guests include: Seattle Children’s CEO Dr. Jeff Sperring and Dr. Michael Jensen, Director of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute who is leading the charge on finding treatments focused on using a child’s immune system to fight cancer.
This dinner is limited to 30 guests by invitation only and will be held on Friday, July 31st. All funds will support Cancer Immunotherapy Research.
Big Night on Bramble Bump
with Chinook Wines and JM Cellars
In the heart of Woodinville Wine Country lives a secluded hillside where great things happen. For one evening, Kay Simon and Clay Mackey, Chinook Cellars, will climb atop this hillside and join Peggy and John Bigelow, JM Cellars, for a tour of handcrafted wines. Joining the climb will be Chris Schwarz of Tom Douglas Restaurants with a basketful of goodies for your culinary indulgence. This evening of feast and philanthropy will be the talk of the town.
This dinner is limited to 40 guests.
with Betz Family Winery, Gramercy Cellars and WT Vintners
Although there is no bell tower, the arrival of the guests will never-the-less be the start of an unforgettable stay. Welcome to Fantasy Wine-Land, where your gracious and generous host, Walt Pisco, welcomes you to his Mercer Island Tuscan-style waterfront home for an experience unlike any other. Float plane rides, exceptional wines, plates by Chef David Varley of RN74, Master Sommelier, Master of Wine, surprise guests and some truly spectacular opportunities to bid on lots that will extend this evening into the year. This is a celebration of benevolence and anyone not on board could be sent to the plank.
This dinner is limited to 50 guests.
with Andrew Will and Boudreaux Cellars
If floor to ceiling windows overlooking the spectacular scenery of Lake Union in the city’s most icnonic neighborhood isn’t enough, then adding the culinary expertise of Chef Mike Easton of Il Corvo and the impeccable wines by Andrew Will and Boudreaux Cellars will surely send your mind as well as your taste buds into oblivion. Your evening will take place on the rooftop of the floating home of Kent Thoelke and Kevin Gaspari. These winemakers know how to throw a party, and this rooftop hullabaloo is bound to have you paddling home.
This dinner is limited to 24 guests.
Legends in Wine
with Canvasback by Duckhorn Wine Company and Quilceda Creek Vintners
These two notable wineries will come together on the shores of Lake Washington in the stunning Denny Blaine estate of Peter and Julie Rose. Expect culinary fireworks from Chef Roy Breiman, a graduate of La Cordon Rouge Culinary School and a veteran of Michelin-starred restaurants throughout France. The magic will continue with wine pairings offered by Alex and Jeannette Golitzin, founders of Quilceda Creek, and Alex Ryan, CEO of Duckhorn Wine Company. This will be a dazzling evening of good food, good wine and goodwill for helping children in need.
This dinner is limited to 40 guests.
Wine and Science
with EFESTE, Hamilton Cellars and Sparkman Cellars
Fight Fight Fight for fabulous wines! Washington State University alumnus Greg Rankich and his wife Heidi invite you to a Palouse-enhanced dinner overlooking Lake Washington at their Juanita Bay home. Here you will enjoy not one but three amazing Washington wines paired with an unforgettable dining experience by Chef Aaron Leopold of Crush. This evening will celebrate the opening of the new world-class Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center, where practical research and education will grow the Washington wine industry's skilled work force and premium wines in the years to come. Go Cougs!
This dinner is limited to 40 guests. All proceeds at this dinner will benefit Viticulture and Enology Research at Washington State University.
Tickets to the Winemaker Dinner series are $500 per guest, limited seating
Guests at the Winemaker Dinner Series will have an opportunity to support several funding areas at Seattle Children's Hospital and Viticulture & Enology Research at Washington State University.