NAPA VALLEY, CA — The Napa Salvation Army Culinary Training Academy announced the return of, a two-night benefit event featuring celebrities, guest chefs, an online auction and live music.
The first night, Wednesday, Aug. 18, will take place at Raymond Vineyards in Rutherford and features an immersive culinary experience. Night two, Thursday, Aug. 19, takes guests into the newly renovated Historic Theatre in Yountville and showcases Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter. Limited to 125 guests, the intimate evening offers three levels of tickets starting at $100 up to $500 for small bites, early access and a special meet-and-greet with Williams.
The two-night event benefits The Salvation Army Napa Valley Culinary Training Academy, a unique, certified jobs training program that transforms the lives of people who have struggled with homelessness and substance abuse, according to a news release. Through the program, students develop kitchen skills to support employment in local hospitality industries.
During Night One at the Raymond Vineyard property, guests will be treated to a culinary tour with food stations featuring renowned chefs. Salvation Army Culinary Training Academy Director, Executive Chef Paul Fields; Salvation Army Executive Chef/Instructor, Eric Magnani, Chef Rebecca Peizer, formerly of the Culinary Institute of America and creator of the program’s curriculum; and Executive Chef Ethan Speizer of Ashes & Diamonds Winery in Napa, and former “Chopped” champion on the Food Network, will all prepare dishes for the evening.
Also, new this year to Out of the Fire, but not new to the work of The Salvation Army, is Chef Seth Stowaway of the much-anticipated Osito restaurant, which has a live-fire tasting menu and is slated to open this fall in San Francisco’s Mission District. Stowaway has been forthright with his own drug addiction issues and found a path to recovery via his culinary work.
“We are totally energized to have put together this special culinary-inspired evening with our chef friends and ambassadors and some of our graduated students who uniquely know how The Salvation Army has been a catalyst for life change,” said Chef Fields, who has instructed more than 70 students and is in the 12th program session. “It costs us about $10,000 to fund a student or ‘fund-a-chef’ as our fundraising program is called. Each year we continue to expand our supporters by sharing these real-life stories of turnaround, recovery and redemption.”
For more information, go to: Napa.salvationarmy.org/napa/the-third-annual-out-of-the-fire/.