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Silver Anniversary James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour Dinners

September 17, 2014

4 Cities to Host Dinners to celebrate 25 years of Tom Klein’s family ownership of Rodney Strong Vineyards

On Saturday, September 20th, twenty of the world’s top chefs are coming together on one night for a simultaneous Celebrity Chef Tour dinner. The multi-course dinners will benefit the James Beard Foundation and take place in New York City, Miami, Austin, and Healdsburg, California.

Watch it Live!

A live video feed from each location will link the cities together, complete with a social media stream capturing posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #RSV25. Everyone at home can follow the event at and participate socially as well!

In addition to these 4 host cities there will be 9 bloggers hosting dinners to help celebrate. Just like our celebrity chefs, these talented home entertainers and wine aficionados will be pairing 6 Rodney Strong wines for their own guests and sharing their experience through social media and their individual blogs.

The Bloggers

Amy Gross: Wine4Me and MomsToolBox
Houston, Texas

Amy has been piloting Mom’s Toolbox since 2002, and recently launched the Wine4Me App to help take some of the guesswork out of selecting wine. The App allows people to find wines they like based on personal preferences and sensory matches.

Sara Lehman: Somm in the City
New York, NY

Sara Lehman is the voice behind Somm in the City, she’s also a wine & spirits writer and consultant, recipe developer, and private sommelier who received her European certification before managing several successful wine programs. In additional to regularly hosting events she teaches classes on wine pairing.

Megan Kenney: Wannabe Wino
Washington, DC

An attorney by day Megan Kenney has been blogging about wine since 2006 at The Wannabe Wino. Her obsession with California wine was prompted by an early vacation to Sonoma. Her blog focuses on wine education and enjoyment, and the growing personal cellar she maintains with her husband.

Nichole Beaudry : In These Small Moments & Savvy Sassy Moms
Sacramento, CA

Nichole spends her days enjoying the small moments with her family and spends her evenings writing about them on her blog, In These Small Moments. She uses words and photographs to share the smallest, most amazing moments of life. Nichole is the also the managing editor at Savvy Sassy Moms and a contributing writer at SheKnows, One Martini and BevMo!

Caroline Pardilla: Caroline on Crack
Los Angeles, CA

Caroline Pardilla’s site has won three L.A. Weekly Web Awards as well as an CBS MVP award. She blogs with LA publications like LAist, LA Weekly’s Squid Ink, Los Angeles Magazine‘s Digest, and BBC Travel Los Angeles, and had a weekly segment on Carson Daly’s morning radio show.

Rachel White: Set the Table
Wheat Ridge, CO

Rachael White is the author of the blogs Set the Table and Tokyo Terrace. After four years of living, eating, and entertaining in Tokyo, Japan, she and her family relocated to Colorado. Rachael is constantly searching for new ways to make entertaining easier and more interesting for guests in a variety of environments and situations.

Eva Kosmas Flore: Adventures in Cooking
Portland, OR

Eva is a photographer and blogger from Hillsboro, Oregon. She moved to Los Angeles when she was 18 to study film production. She recently moved back to Oregon to take a baby step towards her dreams of a big ranch out in the Oregon countryside, freelancing as a photographer and cookbook author.

Joelen Tan: What’s Cookin’ Chicago?
Grayslake, IL

Joelen Tan is a culinary instructor, food blogger and former professional restaurant chef who is an avid food enthusiast. She has a passion for sharing the culinary arts with others through hands-on interactive classes, hosting ethnic culinary tours, and recipe development.

Arena Blake: The Nerds Wife
Frisco, TX

Arena is the wife of a Nerd and mom of a toddler who loves his Star Wars blankie a little too much. She shares parenting adventures, yummy recipes, and great photography on The Nerd’s Wife.

Wines that will be paired:

2013 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards, Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc
2012 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards, Chalk Hill Chardonnay
2012 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2011 Rodney Strong Symmetry (Red Meritage), Alexander Valley
2010 Rodney Strong Brothers Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
2008 Rodney Strong “A True Gentleman’s” Port