On Saturday, June 20, Chef Ken Frank hosted a cooking demonstration and 3-course dinner in the Culinary Center at Whole Foods Market in Napa to benefit Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity. Frank demonstrated, cooked, and served 24 guests at the sold-out event, with the purpose of raising awareness of the ongoing need in Napa for affordable housing and earthquake repairs.

Frank, with the help of his wife Sherylle, gave a cooking demonstration on the main course; a New York steak with Fiscalini cheddar pearl tapioca and a Rutherford red wine sauce. He also showed guests how to prepare an apricot soufflé with toasted almond ice cream.

“The event was a fun format – it’s great to live a little dangerously and demonstrate a soufflé in front of a large group of people,” said Frank, who is well-known in the valley for his landmark restaurant La Toque, which has earned both a Michelin Star and The Grand Award from Wine Spectator. “When I host a cooking demo in an unfamiliar kitchen, I make sure to select a menu I know I can do well with items everyone will enjoy. It’s all about making good choices, crossing your fingers, and having fun!”

Frank is no stranger to these types of events, or to the organization receiving the proceeds. Some of his staff members have volunteered their time with Habitat for Humanity, and his own daughter has worked abroad with the national organization during her summer vacations. This time, the funds from Frank’s dinner will go directly to the local Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity affiliate that is aiming to broaden its awareness here in the valley.

“I get asked to donate something every day, and we do as many events as we can, but when I was asked about an event for Habitat it was an easy yes,” said Frank. “We try to focus on local non-profits where we can see the direct benefits to our community.”

“I’m so appreciative for Whole Foods Market and Ken Frank for this outstanding event,” said Diane Agnone, executive director of SNHfH. “I’m equally grateful for the support of the guests, and I’m hoping they will become part of our Habitat family.”


All proceeds went directly to Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity, enabling us to provide Napa County working families with safe, decent, affordable housing.



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