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. 

Three days of private wine tours and dinner with Napa most renowned winemakers, along with exquisite meals at the Culinary Institute of America, will be concluded with a Gala Dinner prepared by DiRōNA Hall of Fame Member, Chef Ken Frank of La Toque.


This event is open to the public and a great opportunity to network with North America’s most renowned restaurateurs and industry experts.


Purchase your tickets below for only $900/each! 
Pricing does not include airport transfer or accommodations. 


2018 Conference Itinerary

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). 



Conference Partners
DiRōNA is grateful for our Conference partner The Oneida Group. Oneida is one of the world’s largest designers and sellers of tabletop products. Gracing tables for over 100 years, the brand is a staple in many establishments, from fine to casual dining.  The Westin Verasa Napa offers hotel guests boutique accommodations, a superb downtown location and an array of five-star resort amenities.
A Few Participating Wineries

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.