Chefs, winemakers and dignitaries from the Town of Yountville in the Napa Valley saluted residents of the Veterans Home of California - Yountville on November 7th by preparing a multi-course feast for the 14th Annual Celebrity Chefs Veterans Day Luncheon. The Veterans Home of California - Yountville houses over 800 aged and or disabled United States military veterans and their spouses, nearly a third of the town’s population.
Purple Heart Wines also donated $10,000 to the Purple Heart Foundation in a check ceremony at the Veteran's Home; with this donation, the brand has contributed $70,000 to the non-profit since the projects' inception in 2016. The wine brand—created by the C. Mondavi family—was created as a way to honor the veterans and help the foundation that does so much to serve the needs of military men and women around the country.
Orchestrated by Napa Valley Chef Bob Hurley and the Yountville Chamber of Commerce, this annual luncheon to celebrate our nation’s veterans featured the culinary talents of Chef Cary Delbridge of Brix Restaurant & Gardens, Chef Nate Lindsey of Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono, Chefs Donald Young and Adam Nichol of the Napa Valley Wine Train, Chef Gregory Short of Bistro Jeanty, Chef Francois Heigel of Bouchon Bakery and Chef Michael Foster of Mustards Grill.
"Preparing this annual feast to honor the sacrifice and service of these brave men and women is a small gesture of our gratitude,” said Chef Hurley. "The Veterans Home is a significant part of our community and many of its residents are unable to visit our restaurants or wineries, so once a year we bring the experience to them. Truth be told, we really enjoy our interactions with the Veterans during this event, it is something we look forward to each year."
Purple Heart Winemaker John Moynier gave a brief speech during both seatings of the luncheon to talk about the Purple Heart Wines' project and the meaning it has as a military veteran in his own right.
Served restaurant-style, the meal was served by over 60 volunteers and Brix Restaurant & Gardens staff, and accompanied by some of Napa Valley's finest wines, including wines from Purple Heart Wines, Duckhorn Vineyards, and Domaine Chandon.