This annual event is our most decadent benefit of the year. It raises funds that support Caramoor’s education programs, some of which are being piloted now after having been recently reimagined. In all that we do to serve our youth and community, we cultivate the next generation of great performers and listeners. In that same vein, we appreciate what Chez Panisse has done for food education and access, and we are grateful to partner with them for this special event. We hope you’ll join us.
Enjoy champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and an intimate musical performance with Aoife O’Donovan. This year’s Wine Dinner will feature a menu created by chef Jennifer Sherman of Chez Panisse in Berkley, California, a pioneering restaurant in organic and sustainable farm-to-table cuisine. Sherman is also the Operations Director of the Edible Schoolyard Project.
6:00pm / Cocktails
7:00pm / Musical Performance, Aoife O’Donovan
8:00pm / Dinner, Chez Panisse
Seating is Limited / Cocktail Attire
The Evening’s Once-in-a-Lifetime Wines /
/ 1952 & 1955 Barolo Riserva Monfortino Speciale – 12.9L
/ 2005 & 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut – 6L
Jim Attwood & Peter Kend
Jennifer grew up in Berkeley and graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in the History of Art. She went on to attend the California Culinary Academy and Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. She cooked at Chez Panisse, both in the Café and Restaurant, for most of the 1990s until she left to raise her daughter, Catherine. She returned in 2008 to become General Manager. Jennifer is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier as well as Chef in Residence at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano. In July 2017 she assumed the additional role of Chef at Chez Panisse, cooking twice weekly in the downstairs restaurant while maintaining her position as General Manager.
GRAMMY Award-winning artist Aoife O’Donovan operates in a thrilling musical world beyond genre.
Deemed “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by The New York Times, she has released three critically-acclaimed and boundary-blurring solo albums including her most recent record, 2022’s boldly orchestrated and literarily crafted Age Of Apathy. Written by O’Donovan and recorded with acclaimed producer Joe Henry, Age Of Apathy is “stunning” (Rolling Stone) and “taps into the propulsion of prime Joni Mitchell” (Pitchfork).
Age of Apathy received three nominations at the 2023 GRAMMY Awards including one for Best Folk Album. The song “B61” from the album was Folk Alliance International’s 2022 Song of the Year.
A savvy and generous collaborator, Aoife is one third of the group I’m With Her with bandmates Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. The trio’s debut album, See You Around, was hailed as “willfully open-hearted” by NPR Music. I’m With Her earned an Americana Music Association Award in 2019 for Duo/Group of the Year, and a GRAMMY Award in 2020 for Best American Roots Song. O’Donovan spent the preceding decade as co-founder and front woman of the string band, Crooked Still and is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions — the group with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile. She has appeared as a featured vocalist with over a dozen symphonies including the National Symphony Orchestra, written for Alison Krauss, performed with jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, and spent a decade as a regular contributor to the radio variety shows “Live From Here” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Caramoor Center for the Music and the Arts is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Payment for tickets may not be made through a donor-advised fund. If you anticipate payment by a private foundation, please contact your legal advisor. Tickets purchased do not count toward membership. No refunds. Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law.