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Got $3,000? You Can Dine with Chef Mario Batali This Friday

chef Mario Batali: Melanie Dunea Photo: Melanie Dunea, HarperCollins

Chef Mario Batali is a big deal in the foodie world. Chef Guy Fieri is a notable name too, thanks to the Food Network. So put the two together, give them an open kitchen, and what do you get?

A dream dinner, where the two chefs will band together to cook a very special meal for charity, available to a VIP table of 12 for the tidy price tag of $3,000 per seat.

At this Friday night’s Chef Tables in the Vineyard event at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center in Santa Rosa, proceeds benefit the Cooking with Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that encourages young people to learn to cook for friends and family while instilling self-reliance and a healthy lifestyle. The menu is still secret, but you can bet it’s tomato-inspired, since the evening is a new kick-off supper to KJ’s annual heirloom Tomato Festival that takes place at the winery the following day.

chef Guy Fieri: Food Network Photo

And worry not if $3K is a bit rich for your grocery budget. You can still get a regular table at the event, where 20 other local celebrity chefs will cook for the other 250 guests in attendance.

Each table offers a special menu designed and prepared by its chef, from names such as Douglas Keane, John Ash, Sondra Bernstein, Josh Silvers, Dino Bugica (Diavolo) Perry Hoffman (Etoile), Jesse Malgren (Madrona Manor) and Kendall-Jackson’s executive chef Justin Wangler. Non-Batali tables are near-bargains, too, at $350 per seat.

Chef Tables in the Vineyard: Sept. 14, 6 p.m. at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton/Santa Rosa, 866-287-9818, kj.com. General seating is $350 per person and includes entry to next day’s Tomato Festival; VIP seating is $3,000 per person and includes entry to next day’s Tomato Festival.

Tip: You can’t go to a Batali dinner in just any old vehicle. Make it a celebratory evening and hire a private limo from Pure Luxury.

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