Respecting The Bean

At Red Whale Coffee, coffee is serious business.  They seek to create high quality coffee beans for all to enjoy. Relationships with communities from Indonesia, Mexico, South America, and Africa allow them to develop a uniquely diverse cup of coffee. Although their network is vast, their roots originate in California.

Owner and Chief Coffee Geek, Sean Boyd, comes from a long line of Boyds that have been at the forefront of premium and specialty commodities. At a young age, he spent time growing and distributing exceptional produce to restaurants across Southern California. Sean’s relationship with cuisine evolved throughout the multitude of successful bistros and bars that were founded by his father.

Sean has been working with coffee since 2003. After being captivated by his first taste of premium coffee, he has become an expert. From master courses in roasting to honing his palate as a licensed Q Grader, Sean quickly accumulated copious accolades and certifications form the Specialty Coffee Association of America and now shares his expertise here in San Rafael.

At Great Chefs and Wineries you can enjoy, and maybe even learn something new, at Red Whale Coffee’s full espresso and coffee bar.

Click below to enjoy a ‘Cup of Joe.’

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Jeff Burkhart, better known as “Jeff the Barfly”, has been a bartender and writer in the Bay Area for more than 20 years and the resident Martini Master at Great Chefs and Wineries for the last four. Jeff was born in Monongahela rye country- Western Pennsylvania. Moving to California with his family, he grew up in Berkeley during the protests and the protest music of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

After putting himself through college by working for various Bay Area venues, such as the restaurant at the Lark Creek Inn and Uncle Charlie's Nightclub, Jeff opened his own nightclub called Faultline Nightclub in San Rafael. It was here that many legendary musical artists such as Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Steven Adler (Guns and Roses), the Cherry Popping Daddies and Third Eye Blind became regulars.

For his bartending career, he has been voted “Best Bartender” twice, by the readers of the Bohemian (2007) and the Marin Independent Journal (2017). While well praised for his accomplishments behind the bar, Jeff is also a veteran writer on all things rock-and-roll, cocktails and the musings of life.

In early 2006, Jeff began writing his weekly Barfly column for the Marin Independent Journal. He is also the author of, Twenty Years Behind Bars (2014), and three sets of Knowledge Cards. His second book, Twenty Years Behind Bars: Parole Denied (the spirited adventures of a real bartender) will be out  this summer.

Buy your tickets for Great Chefs and Wineries and enjoy masterfully mixed martinis and good ‘old-fashioned’ rock-and-roll knowledge.

Celebrate Great Chefs and Wineries' 28th Year

One of San Francisco Bay Area's most anticipated event is fast approaching. We'd love to invite you to join us for Lifehouse's 28th Annual Great Chefs and Wineries on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Join us for another unforgettable evening of great food and fine wine, and come together to help us raise critical funds to enable Lifehouse to continue to provide support services for people with developmental disabilities. The support that we receive from the community is what makes this evening a huge success. 

We will be returning to The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael, California. Along with Bright Event Rentals, they help us create the perfect place for us to host this fabulous evening.  

Heidi Insalata Krahling, our Culinary Host, will bring together a feast of small plates that have been expertly prepared by over twenty-five Bay Area restaurants. Our Wine Committee, led by Sid Sall, have handpicked an impressive lineup of elite wineries to be paired with the evening's delectable spread. 

We will also be featuring attractive and exciting auction items through our new mobile bidding system! With the help of Gesture, enjoy all aspects of the auction in the palm of your hand. From check-in to check-out, Gesture is available to help you have a memorable and remarkable experience. 

We cannot wait for you to join us this year! Purchase your tickets now by clicking below.