Make your reservation for your “Seat at the Table”

Our popular community dinner parties return for 2018, our 20th year, with ten new Seat at the Table offerings. Choose the hosts, the chefs, the venue you’ll enjoy most, and sign up to join the party with your friends and fellow Healdsburg Jazz enthusiasts. The first opportunity to choose your Seat at the Table is the 20th Anniversary Jazz Festival Gala, held Jan. 27. If any seats remain, they will be offered to the public beginning in February.

Review the ten dinner parties – each offering regional cuisine, festive presentation, often at a luxe private estate – and make your favorite from the choices below. Buon Appetito! Bon Appetit! Buen Apetito! Buen Provecho! Mangiabene! Enjoy!

1: Local, Seasonal Flavors with a Mexican Flair

Table limited to 12 guests
$150 per person

Hosts: Caryl & Greg Putnam
Location: Hills of Dry Creek Valley
Date: Summer 2018

  • Join us for a memorable day in the picturesque Dry Creek Valley
  • Drinks and appetizers on the patio
  • Petanque lessons followed by a tournament
  • Family-style lunch and fine wines

2: Classic Italian Cuisine on a Dry Creek Estate

Table limited to 12 guests
$150 per person

Host: Judy Voigt
Chefs: Joyanne & John Pezzolo
Location: Dry Creek Valley Estate & Sculpture Garden
Date: Summer/Fall 2018

  • Celebrated vineyard estate designed by Susu Kishiyama (Frank Lloyd Wright devotee)
  • Sculpture Garden with works by local and international artists
  • Drinks on the terrace
  • Stroll through the Sculpture Garden and enjoy appetizers at the wine cave
  • Chefs Joyanne & John Pezzolo’s classic Italian menu will tantalize your taste buds and transport you to the Tuscan countryside
  • Private label “Gatekeeper Zinfandel 2014,” estate grown and produced by Voigt Family Vineyard
  • Dessert in the tea house
  • Judy Voigt is a Healdsburg Jazz Patron

3: Local, seasonal flavors with a French flair

Table limited to 10 guests
$150 per person

Hosts: Bieke & Brian Burwell
Chef: Bieke Burwell
Location: Hills of Geyserville
Date: Summer 2018

  • Bieke earned a chef’s degree from Cordon Bleu London
  • Before-dinner drinks
  • Blending local, seasonal fare with a French chef’s expertise
  • Garden tour with sweeping views of Geyserville
  • After-dinner drinks on the patio
  • Bieke & Brian are Healdsburg Jazz Patrons, and host visiting jazz musicians

4: Isola di Sicilian Al Fresco Dining

Table limited to 12 guests
$150 per person

Hosts: Pat & Frank Carrubba
Chef: Frank Carrubba
Location: Healdsburg
Date: Autumn 2018

  • Frank will pay special tribute to his Sicilian grandmother, Nona Carmela, by preparing her Sicilian recipes which were always sought out by Sicilian chefs
  • You will be greeted with a glass of Prosecco then climb the stairs to a beautiful terraced garden
  • Tantalizing aromas wafting from the wood-fired oven offer hints of what’s to come
  • Savor authentic Sicilian cuisine: antipasti, pasta, wild game and dolce
  • Fine table wines and dessert wines
  • Pat and Frank are founding Patrons of Healdsburg Jazz; Frank served as Board Chairman for 7 years and Pat is actively involved in fund development

5: Pasta Making Class and Lunch at a Dry Creek Valley Vineyard Estate

Table limited to 10 guests
$150 per person

Hosts: Judy Edmonds & E.J. Neill
Chefs: Patrick & Casey Van Voorhis from Spoonbar
Location: Dry Creek Valley
Date: Spring/Summer 2018

  • Create a memorable experience with a hands-on pasta class and lunch
  • Start off with fine white wines and an estate-produced Zinfandel/Syrah on the upper terrace overlooking a large pond (fishing optional!)
  • Gather in the kitchen where you’ll learn authentic techniques along with a few professional chef tricks from Spoonbar’s Michelin-starred chefs!
  • You’ll then dine on your pasta creations along with chef-prepared starters
  • Feast on Spoonbar’s dessert and Judy’s delectable Meyer lemon mousse made with lemons from her citrus trees
  • Following lunch enjoy bocce ball and boat rowing
  • Judy and E.J. are hosts to visiting jazz musicians

6: Provençal French Delight at an Alexander Valley Estate

Table limited to 10 guests
$150 per person

Hosts: Mary Ann Bridenbaugh & Ken Odell
Chef: Mary Ann Bridenbaugh
Location: Hills of Alexander Valley
Date: Spring/Fall 2018

  • Aperitif and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace
  • Delectable Provençal French cuisine paired with three different 1985 Bordeaux wines
  • Garden tour with sweeping views of Alexander Valley
  • Sauterne and dessert on the terrace
  • Mary Ann and Ken are Healdsburg Jazz Patrons and hosts to visiting jazz musicians

7: Al Fresco Dining in a Dry Creek Peach Orchard

Table limited to 14 guests
$200 per person

Hosts: Gayle & Brian Sullivan
Chefs: Jimtown’s Carrie Brown & Anthony Gallegos
Location: Dry Creek Peach Orchard
Date: July 26, 2018

  • Start your adventure with Peach Bellinis, hors d’oeuvres and an orchard tour
  • Three-course summer meal created with seasonal ingredients from Dry Creek Peach and Jimtown’s gardens
  • Wines by Preston Vineyards

8:  A Unique Art, Italian Wine & Food Experience 

Table limited to 18 guests
$150 per person

Host: Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Chefs: Shari Sarabi & Lisbeth Holmfijord of Baci Cafe & Wine Bar
Location: Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Date: Between June 19 – July 15, 2018

  • Join us for a memorable evening at Healdsburg Center for the Arts enjoying food, wine and art
  • Wine tasting and educational seminar led by wine expert Michael Traverso
  • Delectable small plates celebrating Chef Shari’s Italian cuisine
  • Guided tour of the art gallery’s exhibit “Wine & Enology”

9: Local, Seasonal Flavors at a Dry Creek Valley Estate

Table limited to 10 guests
$150 per person

Hosts: Jan & Brent Stanley
Chefs: Jan & Brent Stanley
Location: Western hills of Dry Creek Valley
Date: Summer 2018

  • 60-acre vineyard estate with bucolic valley views
  • Begin with a game or two of bocce
  • Drinks and appetizers on the front deck overlooking Dry Creek Valley
  • Celebrate summer with a 3-course dinner using fresh, seasonal ingredients and a selection of wines from Orsi Vineyards
  • After-dinner drinks and dessert served at the outdoor fire pit

10: Yucatán Flavors with Classic French Finesse

Table limited to 10 guests
$150 per person

Hosts: Tricia Coxhead & Jerry Anderson
Chef: Mateo Granados of Mateo’s Cocina Restaurant
Location: Eastern hills of Healdsburg
Date: May 20, 2018

  • Beautiful hilltop estate with panoramic views overlooking Mt. St. Helena, Geyser Peak and Fitch Mountain
  • Start the evening with a garden tour, wine and savory appetizers
  • Al fresco dining with local and sustainable Sonoma ingredients infused with the vibrant regional flavors of Chef Mateo’s homeland – the Yucatán
  • Dessert and after-dinner drinks