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Culinary Kickoff

Thursday, January 29, 2015

You’re invited to join us for an inaugural event with Master Chefs Michael Mina and Charlie Palmer and friends.

Special guests to include NFL and other athletes, musical talent and celebrities.

This exceptional event will include a one-hour cocktail reception, followed by a three-course dinner* specially prepared by the chefs and paired with elite vintners and conclude with dessert during the after party which will kick off the weekend in style.

Event Schedule

6:00 – 7:00 PM Cocktail Reception with Celebrity Winemakers

7:00 PM 3-course menu prepared by Chefs and paired with elite vintners. Special guests to include Hall of Fame Running Back and NFL Network analyst, Marshall Faulk and musical performance by Grammy Award-winning artist, Michelle Branch.

10:00 PM – 2:00 AM Exclusive After Party including dessert and DJ performances by Chris Clouse and Dave Kim.

For questions, contact or +1.415.730-1728

*Culinary Kickoff Dinner Availability Limited

Proceeds benefiting The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor’s degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world’s premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

The Location

Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E Princess Drive,
Scottsdale, AZ 8255



MM in BSDC kitchenMichael Mina

Michael Mina’s story is one of two decades of influence, passion and achievement.  With the October 2010 opening of MICHAEL MINA, his eponymous signature restaurant in San Francisco, Michael is at the helm at the same location (formerly AQUA) and city where he first established his culinary reputation 20 years ago.

With accolades including James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year 2005, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year 2005, as well as the International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year 2005, Michael continues to dazzle the culinary world with bold dining concepts that have contributed to San Francisco’s reputation as a world-class epicurean destination and made him an integral part of the dining scene across the country.

Michael’s culinary and business vision led to the founding of Mina Group, with partner Andre Agassi in 2002.  Under the auspices of Mina Group, he has opened 20 concept restaurants, a lounge and a market including MICHAEL MINA, CLOCK BAR, RN74, BOURBON STEAK, ARCADIA, STONEHILL TAVERN, STRIPSTEAK, WIT & WISDOM, PUB 1842, THE HANDLE BAR, MICHAEL MINA 74, PABU, THE RAMEN BAR, BOURBON STEAK & PUB, LOCALE MARKET and FARMTABLE KITCHEN. In addition, Michael recently launched the Michael Mina Wine Club as a way to bring many of the wines featured in his restaurants into the guest’s home.

Charlie Palmer

F57A4877Since the beginning of his celebrated career, master Chef, hospitality entrepreneur and hotelier Charlie Palmer has received critical acclaim for his signature Progressive American cooking, a style built on rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations with a deep and lasting infusion of classical French cuisine. Charlie Palmer’s upbringing on a farm in upstate New York, along with his education in various kitchens in France and at The Culinary Institute of America, provided him with the wherewithal to form this unique style and ultimately strike out on his own. In 1988, he made a significant commitment to creating dishes featuring regional American ingredients at his sublime Aureole, originally situated in a historic townhouse off Manhattan’s Madison Avenue and now in a spectacular new location in the heart of New York City’s radiant theater district.

Over the years, Palmer combined his creative cooking spirit and flair for business to open dozens of notable restaurants across the country, award-winning boutique hotels and a growing collection of food-forward wine shops. These include: Michelin-starred Aureole, café/catering venue Astra in New York; Charlie Palmer Steak, Washington, D.C.; Michelin-starred Aureole at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons, Las Vegas, NV; Charlie Palmer Steak and Briscola in Reno, NV; Dry Creek Kitchen at his boutique Hotel Healdsburg, Sonoma County, CA, as well as Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA, which houses Palmer’s Next Vintage wine shop and his first quick and casual burger restaurant, DG Burger (Damn Good). Palmer also jointly owns two hotels in the Bay Area with his Palmer City-Core partners, Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer (San Francisco), CA and Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer (St. Helena, CA).

In Summer 2014, Palmer and his team launched a new bar concept called Crimson & Rye in midtown Manhattan that focuses on craft cocktails, small batch ryes and whiskeys and bar dining over shared plates in Palmer’s progressive American style. In addition, Palmer is planning several other New York ventures opening in late 2014: Upper Story by Charlie Palmer, Charlie Palmer Steak and a café, restaurant and rooftop bar and lounge in the forthcoming Knickerbocker Hotel.

A 20-year board member of Citymeals-on-Wheels and longtime supporter of Share our Strength, Chef Palmer and his namesake restaurant and hotel group frequently give back to the community with their trademarked, signature events. A weekend long food and beverage experience at the Hotel Healdsburg, Pigs and Pinot is an annual celebration of Sonoma County Pinot Noirs and acclaimed national and local chefs combining their star power and talents to raise serious funds for local Sonoma charities and Share our Strength.

A member of James Beard “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America,” inducted into the casino community’s Gaming Hall of Fame in 2011 and named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Culinary Institute of America in 2012, Palmer is a respected and admired hospitality figurehead. A frequent guest on NBC’s Today Show, Charlie Palmer is also the author of five cookbooks, Great American Food (Random House/1996), Charlie Palmer’s Casual Cooking (Harper Collins/2001), The Art of Aureole, (Ten Speed Press/2002), Charlie Palmer’s Practical Guide to the New American Kitchen (Melcher Media/2006), and Remington Camp Cooking by Charlie Palmer (Charlie Palmer Group/2013).

Elite Wine Pairing Vintners

Kosta Browne, Sonoma County, California

Kosta Browne began as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In the Summer of 1997, while working at John Ask & Co, restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA, they decided to venture into winemaking. They saved enough tip money for about eight months and eventually had enough to buy a half ton of Pinot Noir, a used barrel and an old hand-crank stemmer-crusher, a purchase that marks the beginning of Kosta Browne. Since that vintage, they are nurtured relationships with the best growers and honed their winemaking skills, making sure to focus on the vision and values with which they began.

All other Elite Vintners paired during dinner courses have been hand-selected by Dan Kosta, Kosta Browne


Cocktail Reception Celebrity Vintners


Red Stitch Winery, Napa Valle, California – MLB Legend, Rich Aurilia and Dave Roberts, Proprietors

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Drawn together through a blind tasting group, the Aurilias, Miceks and Roberts’ families have become close friends and devoted  wine enthusiasts. After the 2008 baseball season ended fo Rich and Dave, the two started to lay the groundwork for their venture  into the wine business. Enjoying one incredible tasting after another, visits with Ronaldo Herrera of Mi Sueno Winery, let to the  friendship and ultimate partnership in crafting a blend of Cabarnet Sauvignon and Malbec.


Vermeil Wines, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California – Coach Dick Vermeil, Founder



Coach Richard A. “Dick” Vermeil was born in his great grandfather’s home in Calistoga, the northernmost town in the Napa    Valley.   His mother Alice, whose home was always open to those who loved good food, instilled a passion for family and friends      in all four of   her children.  Louis, Dick’s father and owner-operator of The Owl Garage next to their home, instilled in Dick his  passion for hard work, integrity, football, wine, and race cars. The expertise of Winemaker Paul Smith and the grapes of the  Frediani Family Vineyard   prove to be a winning combination for Vermeil Wines.


Double Back Winery. Walla Walla Valley, Washington – NFL Legend, Drew Bledsoe and Chris Figgins, Winemaker


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Chris and Drew grew up a stone’s throw from each other, some 400 yards from the Leonetti Cellar Estate in Walla            Walla. After high school, they both went on to pursue their own ambitions and personal successes. The two reconnected  in early 2007 when Drew made the decision to enter the wine business. After much research, Drew decided on his  hometown of Walla Walla as his first choice for his vineyard and winery location. Chris was certainly at the top of Drew’s  list for a consulting winemaker but was unsure of Chris’ interest outside of Leonetti Cellar. The timing was very serendipitous as Chris had just started Figgins Enological and was looking for the perfect client for his first consulting collaboration. Chris, having a very high respect for Drew, seriously entertained taking on Doubleback as his client and their business relationship became official in the spring of 2007 just as Drew announced his retirement from the NFL. Chris consults on all winemaking and viticulture practices as well as assisted in the vineyard design and planting for McQueen, Drew’s estate vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. It is a true collaboration from dirt to bottle.


TF_Sig_Logo_HIGH[1]TwentyFour Wines, Napa Valley –  Proprietor, Charles Woodson, Oakland Raiders

TF_Logo_Signature_Max[2] TwentyFour is the culmination of an uncompromising  dedication to excellence, a relentless commitment to  achieving  superior    outcomes, and a reverence for giving back and paying forward. It is what happens when one of    the most  celebrated in  football  meets one of the most talented in wine. TwentyFour is distinction, bottled.

And more to come…


Michelle Branch 

Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch (born July 2, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper. She won a Grammy with Santana for “The Game of Love“.

In 2005, she formed the country music duo The Wreckers with friend and fellow musician Jessica Harp, and produced theGrammy-nominated single “Leave the Pieces“. The Wreckers disbanded in 2007 to pursue their respective solo careers.

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