YOU’LL THINK YOU DINED AND WENT TO WINE HEAVEN
The first thing you notice at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is the decided lack of distance between yourself and the people who grow and make some of the world’s most amazing wine and food.For three delicious, decadent days get up close and personal with Sonoma County’s full bounty of flavors. Rub shoulders with winegrowers, winemakers and chefs, from pioneers to up-and-comers. Named one of America’s top three wine charity fundraisers, it’s quite possibly the most fun you’ve ever had while supporting our community, with over $20 million dollars raised to date.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s signature, and largest, charity event, bringing together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs. Jointly produced by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation, all proceeds benefit local Sonoma charities. Since its inception, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has raised over $20 million for charities that benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need in Sonoma County communities.
SEPTEMBER 2ND - 6:30PM TO 10:00PM
Dine, drink and dance under the stars poolside Friday night at this iconic Sonoma County winery.
SEPTEMBER 3RD - 11:00AM TO 4:00PM
Sample the county's best from over 200 wineries and top chefs from throughout Sonoma County.
SPONSORED BY TRICORBRAUN WINEPAK
SEPTEMBER 4TH - 12:30PM TO 7:00PM
Mingle with Sonoma's first families and bid on exclusive items while supporting kids in our community.
ALL WEEKEND LONG – THROUGHOUT SONOMA COUNTY
SPONSORED BY TRICORBRAUN WINEPAK
PARIS NABAVI FROM SANGRITA GRILL + CANTINA TELLS US ALL ABOUT MAUI RSVP AND THE NABAVI LEGACY FUND
Chef Paris Nabavi is an active member in the community and takes a special interest in educating young people about healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. His current initiatives include partnering with Maui School Garden Network to sponsor organic seed for school gardens throughout the island of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai for the last four years. Chef Nabavi also supports the efforts of Grow Some Good in Maui’s local schools by creating hands-on outdoor, edible classrooms to cultivate curiosity and connect students to their food sources, and inspire better nutrition choices.
Nabavi Legacy Fund
► What is Maui RSVP?
Maui RSVP is a new semiannual dining promotion launched by award-winning Chef Paris Nabavi to raise money for vital Maui organizations. They are eight nonprofits that focus on youth in agriculture, arts, education and wellness—areas that are critical for the well-being of Maui’s next generation. (RSVP - Restaurants Support Vital Programs)
► How does the program work?
For a 10-day period during the months of May (May 27 – June 5) and September (Sept. 23 – Oct. 2, 2016), participating restaurants will offer “50% discount on selected entrees from 5 pm – 8 pm” or a similar dining incentive exclusively for Maui RSVP. Participation fee by restaurants and food & beverage industry members will go directly to the Nabavi Legacy Fund for the eight nonprofits.
► Who is eligible to participate in Maui RSVP?
Both businesses and individuals—are invited to join. This includes:
► How do I participate?
Restaurants are invited to join Maui RSVP by donating $1,000.00 to the Nabavi Legacy Fund. Others can donate any amount. We appreciate your contributions in all forms!
► How will the program be marketed?
All participants in the Maui RSVP program will be included in advertising placed locally in Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine (Sept. 2016), Pacific Media Group, Paradise Television / Visitor Channel and via public relations and social media. Marketing exposure will range from the restaurant’s name to logo and perhaps even a color photo on all promotional material, including print advertising, radio, television and social media.
► Who are the beneficiaries?
The eight beneficiaries of the Nabavi Legacy Fund are: Book Trust, Grow Some Good, Imua Family Services, Kids Cook / Teens Cook With Heart, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Maui Culinary Academy, Maui Food Innovation Center, and Maui School Garden Network. These nonprofit organizations all share a commitment to enhancing the lives of Maui’s youth.
► How is the money disbursed?
Contributions go directly to the Nabavi Legacy Fund - 60% to Grants Central Station for annual distribution, 25% for Endowment, 15% for ongoing, annual administration, marketing and grant management by Grants Central Station. The Fund is managed by the Grants Central Station and will be distributed to the eight beneficiaries annually. The Maui RSVP program launched and is currently managed through a $20,000 grant made by the Makana Aloha Foundation.
► Why is Chef Nabavi launching this program?
Paris Nabavi, Chef / Owner of Sangrita Grill + Cantina and Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill, and his wife Donna established the Nabavi Legacy Fund as a way to give back to the community they love. Longtime supporters of school garden programs, the Nabavis feel that connecting students to their food sources is the best way to inspire better nutrition choices.
By extending the Maui RSVP program to restaurants and food and beverage industry partners around the island, Chef Nabavi hopes to raise awareness of these vital programs and garner a greater network of support from both residents and visitors.
► Why should I participate?
As an involved island community, we need to support the organizations that help our children the most. Starting with their early experiences in school programs, Maui’s children can gain an appreciation and understanding of real food and healthy eating habits that will last them a lifetime.
All participants in the Maui RSVP program will gain public recognition in island-wide marketing materials for their support of these important efforts, only if they desire.
► How do I sign up?
To join Maui RSVP or for more information, email Charlene Ka’uhane.
• Confirm your participation and send your company logo via email to Charlene@KauhaneInc.com
• Restaurants can Issue check for $1,000 to Grants Central Station. Individual and others can issue a check for any amounts. In the memo section reference the Nabavi Legacy Fund/Maui RSVP.
• Others can donate any amount for this year or multiple years. In the memo section reference the Nabavi Legacy Fund/ Maui RSVP
• Mail check(s) to Charlene Ka’uhane, Ka’uhane Inc., 2099 Wells Street, Wailuku, HI 96793.
NABAVI LEGACY FUND
Meet the Beneficiaries
We are so pleased to help support the following eight beneficiaries through the Nabavi Legacy Fund: Book Trust, Grow Some Good, Imua Family Services, Kids Cook / Teens Cook With Heart, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Maui Culinary Academy, Maui Food Innovation Center, and Maui School Garden Network. These vital nonprofit organizations focus on youth in agriculture, arts, education and wellness—areas that are critical for the well-being of Maui’s next generation.