Great Chefs & Wineries…Not Just a Fabulous Party


If you’ve previously attended Great Chefs, you know what a memorable event it is. The tent filled with chefs giving of their time and talents, the wineries sharing their treasure, the amazing array of auction items donated by local businesses throughout the Bay Area and the excellent live entertainment. You may have asked yourself “why has Lifehouse put on this event for 24 years?”

This memorable evening isn’t just a fabulous party; it benefits Lifehouse and the more than 200 individuals with developmental disabilities living in our community the agency serves.

Lifehouse is celebrating 60 years of service!
What began as a parent-led effort in 1954 has blossomed into one of the most respected agencies in the Bay Area. Lifehouse’s goal is to enable each person we serve to live as independently as possible in our community. Our personalized services include:

This brings us back to Great Chefs & Wineries and you, our supporters. The fees Lifehouse receives for our services only cover 90% of our expenses. This event raises over half of the amount our agency must fundraise each year to meet our budget. Your participation at Great Chefs, either by attending, winning an auction item or making a donation to the Gift for Life helps ensure each person Lifehouse serves has the chance to become a more independent, productive and welcome member of our community.

Now more than ever, your support makes a difference!

Last year, thanks to the support of our community, Lifehouse provided 299,708 hours of support services! Ten residents joined our Supported Living Program. Our Teen Recreation Integration Program (TRIP) provided ongoing recreational opportunities for 24 young adults. Over 75 adults participated in our Travel Program. And, our nine houses are well-maintained, providing a place to call home for over 50 individuals. When you give at Great Chefs, you can feel confident that your contribution will directly benefit the people we serve. We are proud to share that 88 cents of each dollar we raise benefits our support services.

This Saturday, as you enjoy the fabulous food and wine at Great Chefs & Wineries, we hope you will also consider joining Lifehouse in our efforts to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities in our community. On behalf of the Lifehouse Board of Directors, the Lifehouse staff, and most importantly, the people we support, we say “Thank You!” We are looking forward to a spectacular event!

Best Charity Event in Marin – Bohemian Best of the Bay 2012
Best Charity Party Action – San Francisco Magazine Readers’ Pick

Buckeye Roadhouse Retains Title..

Robert Price….as the Longest Tenured Participant in Great Chefs and Wineries!

The Buckeye Restaurant in Mill Valley certainly is the top of the heap, especially when it comes to Lifehouse and Great Chefs and Wineries. As the longest tenured participant (celebrating 19 years at GC & W’s!) the Buckeye will be anchoring the VIP lounge along with Real Restaurant cousin Picco, and Heidi Krahling’s, Insalata’s. Chef Robert Price (who also oversees Bungalow 44 and BAR Bocce) will be bringing a favorite off the Buckeye menu: Seared Sesame Sprinkled Ahi Tuna on top of red and Napa cabbage with crispy wontons and a hoisin-ginger vinaigrette. Delicious!

“It’s nice to be part of a great event, with great food, and great wine, and one that benefits people in our very own community,” says Price.

Only 4 days and counting!

The Buckeye Roadhouse
15 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
The Buckeye Roadhouse website
Blog post contributed by Jeff Burkhart Barfly columnist and author of “Twenty Years Behind Bars: The Spirited Adventures of a Real Bartender.”