HALL Wines “Cabernet Cookoff” Charity Event

HALL Cabernet Cookoff at HALL Winery In Saint Helena! One of the most popular, celebrated food and wine charity events in Napa Valley returns for its fourteenth year on April 22nd, to be held again at HALL Winery, hosted by proprietor / Vintner Kathryn Hall. This exciting event is one of the most competitive food and wine pairing competitions in the wine regions of California.

The event features an impressive line-up of renowned culinary teams who vie for a chance to win proceeds for a charity of their choice with their participation in this highly anticipated food and wine pairing competition. The Cabernet Cookoff committee invites teams from all over the country to create a dish that pairs with a HALL Cabernet Sauvignon to benefit the charity of their choice. In addition, 100% of the ticket proceeds benefit non-profit organizations that the teams of the winning chef have selected.

Each year for the past 14 years of this recognized event, a panel of celebrity judges and hundreds of attending food and wine enthusiasts vote in this highly ambitious competition for the very best pairings. A star-studded panel of celebrity judges will taste the pairings to vote for two Judges Choice Awards. Four winners will be announced – two People’s Choice Awards and two Judges’ Choice Awards.

Chef teams are tasked with creating a small dish they feel pairs best with 2020 HALL Jack’s Masterpiece Cabernet Sauvignon, a highly-rated wine that has earned praise from the wine industry’s top critics.

The 2023 line-up of celebrity judges includes:

  • Emcee Natalie Morales, Co-Host of the CBS Show “The Talk”

  • Huey Lewis – Singer, Songwriter, and Actor

    Huey Lewis & the News

  • Napa Valley’s own celebrity renowned Michelin-Rated Chef – Ken Frank, owner of La Toque (who has been an integral part of this event since its inception)

  • Joy Bauer – Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle Expert for NBC’s TODAY Show.

  • Raj Mathai – NBC Bay Area News Anchor

Chef teams for 2023 include:

  • Luce at Intercontinental San Francisco – Chef de Cuisine Dennis Efthymiou

    • Charity – California Pit Bull Rescue


  • The Vault Steakhouse – Chef Jason Halverson

    • Charity – All Stars Helping Kids


  • One Market Restaurant – Chef Mark Dommen

    • Charity – JDRF


  • Tarla Mediterranean Bar + Grill – Chef Kadriye Baspehlivan

    • Alaina’s Voice


  • Sobre Mesa – Chef Nelson German

    • Charity – Sprout’s Chef Training


  • FARM at Carneros – Chef John Carney


  • Clandestine Table Napa Valley – Chef Christina Machamer

    • Charity – A Place of My Own Preschool


  • Oenotri – Chef Tyler Rodde

    • Charity – Boys and Girls Club Napa


  • Aurum – Chef Manish Tyagi

    • Charity – No Kid Hungry


  • Nob Hill Club – Intercontinental Mark Hopkins – Chef Brian Sepulveda

    • Charity – Firefly Autism


  • Harvest Inn – Chef Jeff Libunao

    • Charity – St. Helena Farmers’ Market


  • Crisp Kitchen & Juice – Chefs: Jason Toji, Kyle Drake, Violet Simmons


  • The Dorian – Chef de Cuisine Anthony Santonastaso & Executive Chef Jake Lucas

    • Charity – Farming Hope


  • CIA, Greystone – Senior Student Chef Chao Bishop

    • Charity: Napa Humane


  • Whiskey Bar @ Sky & Vine – Chef Elizabeth Espiritu

    • Charity – California Restaurant Foundations (Restaurants Care Program)


“This event makes a difference for many lives in our community. So many people come together to celebrate their passion for food and wine, and in the end, local non-profits garnet awareness and proceeds,” commented Vintner Kathryn Hall. “Bringing together foodies and wine lovers by way of this enthusiastic competition helps expand our commitment to supporting the community and its many diverse organizations.”

HALL Cabernet Cookoff Sponsors include Sewing Down South; Chefs Life Olive Oils; Cypress Grove; Alastin Beauty; Aloha Collection; Benefit Marketing; PrintInk; ProForma Wine County; Kollar Chocolates and Signum Architecture.

Since its inception, the HALL Cabernet Cookoff has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for non-profit 501c3 organizations nationwide.

For more information or to get involved as a culinary team, sponsor, or non-profit organization, please visit https://www.hallwines.com/cabernetcookoff


The 2022 Winners

Judges Choice – Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

            Dish – Lamb Barbacoa Sopes

People’s Choice – Hotel Nia

            Dish – Beet Tartare

 Judge’s Choice Runner-Up – One Market Restaurant

            Dish – Octopus a la Plancha

 People’s Choice Runner-Up and Fan Favorite – Tarla Mediterranean Grill

            Dish – Pomegranate-Cabernet Braised Short Ribs




HALL Cabernet Cookoff

 Where: HALL Wines – Napa Valley

401 St. Helena Hwy S

St. Helena, CA 94574

When: Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – VIP Ticket $300pp
  • Jacks Masterpiece Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical Tasting + Q&A with Vintner Kathryn Hall, President Mike Reynolds & Huey Lewis (Includes access to the main event)
  • 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Main Event Ticket, $150pp

To Inquire or Purchase Tickets, Visit: https://www.hallwines.com/cabernetcookoff