2018 DiRōNA Conference
Tuesday, September 4th – Thursday, September 6th 2018
The Westin Verasa – Napa, CA
DiRōNA is proud to announce our 2018 Conference which will be held September 4th to 6th in beautiful Napa, California. Our event this year will be hosted at the luxurious Westin Verasa.
Tuesday, September 4th
Evening – Welcome Reception at The Westin Verasa, participating wineries include: Conn Creek Winery, Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, Honig Vineyards & Winery, Jackson Family Wines, Lewis Cellars, Neyers Winery, Robert Biale Vineyards, and Robert Mondavi Winery
Wednesday, September 5th
Breakfast – The Westin Verasa
Morning – Seminar provided by Chef Ken Frank of La Toque
Lunch – The Culinary Institute of America at Copia, a hands-on cooking class in the Hestan Teaching Kitchen
Afternoon – Private Winery Tours – Cakebread Cellars, Corison Winery, Duckhorn Winery, Louis Martini Winery, Napa Cellars Winery, Neyers Winery, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Shafer Vineyards and Trefethen Family Vineyard
Dinner – Private Dinner at Wineries with Winemakers
(Conference attendees with be divided into small groups for an intimate dinner with winemakers from the Napa Valley: Cakebread Cellars, Jackson Family Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery & William Hill Winery)
Thursday, September 6th
Breakfast – The Westin Verasa
Morning – Private Winery Tour – Spottswoode Family Estate
Lunch – The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone with The Oneida Group
Afternoon – Oxbow Market – Personal tour and presentations by several food related vendors
Dinner – Gala Dinner by Chef Ken Frank at The Westin Verasa
Friday, September 7th
Optional – Golf, Hot Air Balloon Ride, Napa Wine Train (pricing available upon request)
DiRōNA is thrilled to announce that our 2018 Conference Chairman is Mr. Chick Marshall (DiRōNA Hall of Fame Member and former proprietor of Mr. Stox Restaurant Anaheim, CA).
Network with fellow DiRōNA Awarded Restaurateurs and Industry Experts
Visit Award Winning Wineries and tour Culinary Insitute of America Greystone and COPIA
Enjoy the all-suite Westin Verasa accommodations, walking distance to Downtown Napa
Highlights from our 2018 Reunion Luncheon in Chicago!
The Distinguished Restaurants of North America proudly held their annual reunion luncheon in the magnificent Crystal Room of the Union League of Chicago. Chef Michael Garbin prepared a delicious 5-course meal perfectly paired with wines from Freemark Abbey.
Two renowned restaurateurs were inducted into the Hall of Fame, Chef Bruno Serato of the Anaheim White House and Richard Gonzmart of the Gonzmart Restaurant Group in Tampa, FL. These successful businessmen have given back to their community will philanthropy that is second to none. We are honored to have inducted both and have them in attendance for our reunion lunch.
The Oneida Group received the 2018 DiRōNA Partner Award during the event. Sarah Landsman, Director of Marketing accepted the award on behalf of this outstanding partner whose support is greatly appreciated by DiRōNA.
The afternoon concluded with a panel discussion focussed on Restaurants: The Family Business! Panel host Kimberly Winter Stern providing an exciting hour with panelists Chick Marshall, Ralph Brennan, Richard Gonzmart and Chef Jasper J. Mirabile Jr.