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L’Chaim Napa Valley – The Jewish Food and Wine Festival

Food and drink, especially wine, have been a big part of Jewish culture and religion for thousands of years. They are present at weddings, funerals and other sacred events.

The Beth Shalom community of Napa will celebrate this Sunday, August 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the CIA at Copia at L’Chaim Napa Valley Jewish Food and Wine Festival.

Wine lovers and Jewish food lovers are invited to join the experience, which includes cooking classes, music, and Israeli and Sephardic dances.

Classes include challah braiding, pickle/sauerkraut making, and food photography:

— 4:45 p.m.: Samantha Paone, Executive Chef and owner of Golden State Pickle Works, will demonstrate how to prepare Farmer’s Market Kraut and the best way to ferment vegetables.

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– 5:45pm: Beth Lee, chef and author of The Essential Jewish Baking Cooking, demonstrates challah braiding and the use of challah dough.

— 6:45 p.m.: Faith Kramer, chef and author of 52 Shabbats: Friday Night Dinners Inspired by a Global Jewish Kitchen, will demonstrate blending of spices and discuss how these spices can best be used in Jewish cooking.

For young children there is storytelling, music, face painting, arts and crafts and Violet the clown to keep them entertained.

Local artists present their creative projects. Hands On Global (, which is sending medical teams and supplies to Ukraine, will sell earrings, Ukrainian bracelets and cards. You can sponsor a doll that will be sent there.

Local top chefs include Christopher Kostow of Loveski’s Deli, Itamar Abramovitch of Blossom Catering, Paul Brown of Winston’s, Mark Dommen of Mark n’ Mikes in San Francisco; Ramni Levy, the Knish King, and others offering a range of foods from latkes and knishs to falafel and rugelach, representing Ashkenazi, Sephardic and Mizrahi cuisine.

Participating local wineries include Art House Wines, COHO, Complant Wine, Hagafen, Hall, Judd’s Hill, Matthiasson Wines, Neiman, Rudd Winery, Shadowbox Cellar, Silver Trident, Stardust and The Setting, as well as four local craft brewers.

Music inside and outside the venue will be provided by the Max Bonick Jazz Trio, Jealous Zelig, as well as Cookie Segelstein and Josh Horowitz. Gordon Lustig with Graham Terry closes the event.

Proceeds from the event will support the Beth Shalom Congregational Education program and the Napa Valley College Vineyard Program Scholarship Fund.

General admission tickets are $140 for beer and wine tasting and 10 meal tickets; $90 for admission and beer and wine tasting; $45 for admission without tastings; $25 for teens ages 13-18; and free for children under 12 years old. Meal tickets are $25 for a pack of five. Tickets are available at

Rutherford Chili Ball scheduled for August 7th

The Rutherford Dust Society, the non-profit membership association of winemakers, growers and wine lovers in the Rutherford appellation, is hosting its annual family-friendly Rutherford Chili Ball on Sunday, August 7 from 4pm to 9pm at the Beckstoffer Farm Center.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Rutherford’s charities including Rutherford 4-H, St Helena Cooperative Nursery School, Rutherford Volunteer Fire Department and the area’s historic community building, Rutherford Hall (formerly Rutherford Grange).

In 2021, the Rutherford Dust Society matched their donations to local charities, including the fire service. This year, RDS takes food and entertainment to a higher level while maintaining the event’s affordable and historical integrity.

Known for its community-centric atmosphere, Chili Ball is often a reminder of a generation of growers and winemakers growing up in the heart of this historic valley.

Chili Ball 2022 will be helmed by Northern California rock band Mama Said, alongside a dance floor, silent auction, local wines and beers, and grilled dishes prepared on-site by Alpha Omega Winery’s talented culinary team.

Children can enjoy a magic show and face painting by Buki the clown, lawn games, a mechanical bull and a fire engine demonstration.

A silent auction will feature unique experiences, collectible bottles from Rutherford Appellation Wine, owl boxes and bird boxes from Rutherford 4-H.

Tickets are $60 for adults 21 and older, $30 for guests ages 13-20, $20 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 5. Reserved tables are also available for groups of 10 people. For tickets and more information, visit www, Eventbrite or email

RDS would like to thank its generous sponsors including Beckstoffer Vineyards, Alpha Omega Winery, Gary’s Marketplace, Rutherford Equipment Rental, Interwest Insurance, Honig Winery, Peju Winery, Sullivan Estate and Brotemarkle Davis & Co.

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