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This year at Great Chefs and Wineries, Lifehouse is proud to host twenty-six of the finest wineries in the North Bay. In October of last year, the North bay was plagued by devastating fires but the mantra going around is true- “The love in the air is thicker than the smoke.” Although, the smoke has long now faded, the community continues to band together. Over $18 million has been raised to support individuals affected by the fires. In the spirit of community, this year Lifehouse will be donating 3% of the proceeds from Great Chefs and Wineries 2018 to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. Click through and meet our wonderful winemakers.



Heidi Says

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Heidi Krahling 

Lifehouse welcomes back Culinary Host, Heidi Krahling, to Great Chefs and Wineries for the 28th straight year. Heidi has been the guiding force for this event since its conception in 1998.

Heidi’s achievements are as diverse as they are heartfelt. Like a true taste-maker, she mixes her passion for fine foods and philanthropy and does it well. Heidi runs two successful San Anselmo restaurants, Insalata’s and Marinitas. She is also the author of two cookbooks. The first, Insalata’s Mediterranean Table, was released in 2009. It boasts over 120 delicious recipes and explains how she fell in love with Mediterranean cuisine. The second cookbook is, Insalata’s and Marinitas: The Story of Two Restaurants, released in 2014. This book gives readers a look inside each of her restaurants, highlighting the inner workings of the hot line, the pantry, the take-out counter and the bakeshop.

Heidi’s philanthropic contributions continue with the theme of  diversity. She has been recognized by the Marin County Board of Supervisors for her continued involvement in many local charities over the years. These charities include Lifehouse,  St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin, 10,000 Degrees, ExtraFood, and Adopt a Family of Marin.

I am honored to be the Culinary Host for the Great Chefs and Wineries event for the past 28 years, Its amazing to have been a part of this event from its small fundraising beginnings to the Premier Bay Area food and wine event it is today. What an amazing evening for all these talented chefs and extraordinary wineries to come together to support Lifehouse. 

Naturally, last year she was honored as the Great Chefs and Wineries Restaurant of the Year at Lifehouse’s 2017 Annual Awards Banquet. This year, her curation of small plates will be prepared by twenty-three different Bay Area restaurants and take you on a tour of culinary excellence.

We look forward to you joining us this year!



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.