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Pop a Cork & Grab Your Fork! The 6th Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff Returns on April 25 in Napa Valley


HALL_NapaValleyThe HALL Cabernet Cookoff will return for a sixth year on April 25 featuring an all-star line-up of both Napa Valley and San Francisco-based chef teams. Bringing together foodies and wine for a culinary pairing challenge, chef teams will compete before a panel of all-star judges including Ken Frank, Virginie Boone, Ian White and Lars Kronmark, for a local charity of their choice by creating small bites paired with HALL 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales and 100% of donations made online and from sponsors will go directly to charities. During the event, guests will be invited to taste farm-to-table dishes from each chef team paired with HALL wine and then vote on their favorite for the People’s Choice Award.

“The Cabernet Cookoff is a fun way to experience great Napa Valley cuisine and wonderful wines while helping our community,” says vintner, Kathryn Walt Hall. “Everyone involved with this event including our generous sponsors, talented chef teams, enthusiastic non-profit organizations and the entire HALL and WALT staff all donate their time to create a spectacular day. Every year, everyone at the Cabernet Cookoff comes out a winner.”

The 2014 HALL Cabernet Cookoff drew more than 600 food and wine lovers for a sold out crowd and raised $66,000 for local charities. Last year’s winning chef teams included One Market Restaurant and Paula Le Duc Catering who took top honors for their selected charities, Napa Hospice & Adult Day Service and St. Helena Hospital Foundation.


6th Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff features popular culinary teams competing in a food and wine pairing challenge with 100% of proceeds from ticket sales benefiting local charities.


San Francisco and Bay Area chef teams, local charities, sponsors, HALL & WALT staff, and locals.

The Panel of Judges include:

  • Ken Frank, Executive Chef, La Toque Napa
  • Virginie Boone, Wine Editor, Wine Enthusiast
  • Ian White, Wine Director, San Francisco Magazine; President JW Thomas Group Wines
  • Lars Kronmark, Chef/Culinary Institute of America Instructor

Participating Restaurants, featured chef and their selected charities include:

Paula LeDuc Fine Catering featuring Chef Daniel Capra
Selected Charity: St. Helena Hospital

The Grill at Meadowood featuring Chef Victoria Acosta
Selected Charity: Community Resource for Children

The Farmer’s Market Pantry featuring Chef Corrie Beezley
Selected Charity: Food of Love NVYAC

Ca’ Momi featuring Chef Dario De Conti
Selected Charity: Do It For The Love Foundation

Ca’ Momi featuring Chef Valentina Guolo-Migotto
Selected Charity: Do It For The Love Foundation

Feast Catering featuring Chef Jesse McQuarrie
Selected Charity: Erika May Van Giesen Foundation

Bounty Hunter Smokin’ BBQ featuring Chef Nick Heinrich
Selected Charity: Napa Humane

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins featuring Chef Nenad Stefanovic
Selected Charity: Grace Cathedral Church San Francisco

One Market Restaurant featuring Chef Mark Dommen
Selected Charity: Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services

Kara’s Cupcakes featuring Chef Kara Lind
Selected Charity: Napa Valley Vine Trail

PRESS St. Helena featuring Chef Trevor Kunk
Selected Charity: If Given A Chance

Capital Dime featuring Chef Chris Jarosz
Selected Charity: California Food Literacy

Market St. Helena featuring Chef Ernesto Martinez
Selected Charity: TBD

Culinary Mercenary featuring Chef Christian Glaze
Selected Charity: Marin Organics

Carpe Diem featuring Chef Scott Kendall
Selected Charity: Community Action North Bay

SIFT featuring Chef Andrea Ballus
Selected Charity: Voices Youth Center


Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 11:00am – 2:00pm PST


HALL St. Helena – The Great Lawn,
401 St. Helena Hwy. South,
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-2626


Early Bird $70.00 (until April 1)
General Admission Ticket $80.00 (after April 1 and at the door)
VIP Sky Loft $125 (private access to the Bergfeld Loft, VIP service of limited production HALL Bergfeld wine, catered food pairings

As part of the 6th annual Cab Cookoff, HALL has also invited 50 United States Officers and Marines who recently returned home from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, to enjoy our event as our guest in the VIP Sky Loft.  The HALL Cabernet Cookoff is a community fundraising event organized by HALL Wines. For more information, please visit www.hallwines.com.

To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.hallwines.com/cabernetcookoff-tickets. Guests can also follow the chatter via social channels using @hallwines #cabcookoff.


HALL produces critically acclaimed artisan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, available to taste and buy at two tasting room and winery locations in Napa Valley. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Walt Hall, its vineyard collection features five Certified Organic estates producing classic Bordeaux varietals. Each vintage, Director of Winemaking Steve Leveque crafts 16 distinct Cabernet Sauvignon wines which demonstrate the unique characteristics and diversity of Napa Valley. HALL’s highly rated wines include the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon selected as Wine Spectator’s #18 of the 2010 ‘Top 100’, the 2008 “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon that earned #2 of the “Top 100” Wines also in Wine Spectator, and its 2010 ‘Exzellenz’ awarded 100 points by Robert Parker, Wine Advocate. Since the first vintage in 2002, over 75 HALL wines have been rated 94 points and above. HALL employs high-density plantings and small vine viticulture combined with two cutting-edge, gravity-flow wineries to produce the highest quality wines. In addition, the HALL St. Helena winery was the first LEED® Gold Certified Winery in the State of California in 2009 and earned another LEED® Gold certification for its high tech production facility and modern tasting room in 2014, making HALL pioneers in the use of green buildings for the wine industry. Each of HALL’s state-of-the-art winemaking facilities and tasting rooms combine modern art and architecture matched with spectacular settings. For more information, please visit www.hallwines.com, @hallwines, or by calling 707.967.2626.



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