Two veterans combine forces with two on-the-rise superstars for a once-in-a-lifetime evening. Melissa Perello’s Octavia is a seasonally inspired restaurant which opened to critical acclaim and has held a Michelin star for six years in a row. With Melissa’s natural ability in the kitchen, her cuisine is simple and expertly crafted, and reflects her fine-dining pedigree and down-to-earth personality. Traci Des Jardins has been a leader, restaurateur, and philanthropist in the San Francisco Bay Area food community for over 30 years. A two-time James Beard Award winner, Traci ran her beloved restaurant Jardinière until just after its 20th anniversary. Traci will bring her deep roots in both French and Mexican cuisine to the table. Gaby Maeda brings over nine years at State Bird Provisions, the game-changing restaurant on Fillmore Street where Gaby worked her way up the ranks to Executive Chef. In 2020 she was nominated as a James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year finalist, and in 2021 she was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs. State Bird continues to be a hard reservation to get. Serena Chow-Fisher began her culinary career at the multi-starred and influential Eleven Madison Park in New York City. After working at some of the best restaurants across the country, Serena, along with her husband, opened their dream restaurant, Marlena, in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights.
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