Monterey Bay Aquarium's Cooking for Solutions Hits the Road

New "Cooking for Solutions on the Road" series kicks off on April 25 in Napa Valley with "An Afternoon at The Hess Collection"

Feb 06, 2015

Special Events
Seafood Watch

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s popular Cooking for Solutions culinary events will be popping up in locations across California this year. The new “Cooking for Solutions on the Road” series brings together chefs, artisans and producers to celebrate Earth-friendly food and wine at its source, and connect our food choices with the health of the ocean.

The first event in the series is April 25 at The Hess Collection in Napa, a vineyard and winery that has been a leader in sustainable farming and production practices for decades. The elegant strolling lunch, set in The Hess Collection’s world-class contemporary art gallery, will feature delectable dishes created by the following celebrity chefs and artisans – each of whom have made a commitment to serving sustainable cuisine:

  • Chad Hendrickson (Executive Chef, The Hess Collection)
  • Michael Cimarusti (Providence and Connie & Ted’s, Los Angeles)
  • Justin Cogley (Aubergine, Carmel)
  • Jeff Jake (Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa Valley)
  • John Fink (The Whole Beast, San Francisco)
  • Darren McRonald (The Pullman Kitchen, Santa Rosa)
  • Armando Navarro (El Dorado Kitchen, Sonoma)
  • Rodney Worth (The Pear Southern Bistro, Napa)
  • Hog Island Oyster Company (Marshall)
  • Cowgirl Creamery (Point Reyes Station)

Guests will sample small bites, some made with ingredients grown right on the vineyard, meet The Hess Collection’s winemaking team to learn about their sustainable practices, and savor tastes of small lot releases offered only at the winery.

The event is limited to guests ages 21 and up. Tickets are on sale now: $150 general public, $125 Aquarium members. To learn more, or to buy tickets, visit

The event is just one of many Cooking for Solutions events occurring throughout the year in Monterey and across Northern California. For a current roster of events, with new events added regularly, visit


Cooking for Solutions on the Road: An Afternoon at The Hess Collection

April 25 (Sat.)

1–4 p.m.

The Hess Collection, Napa Valley

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Cooking for Solutions ( is going on the road to celebrate Earth-friendly food and wine at its source. The first adventure brings us to The Hess Collection in Napa Valley for an elegant strolling lunch created by California celebrity chefs who’ve made a commitment to serving sustainable cuisine, including Michael Cimarusti (Providence and Connie & Ted’s, Los Angeles), Chad Hendrickson (The Hess Collection), and Justin Cogley (Aubergine, Carmel). Meet the winery's sustainable winemaking team and sample bites created by the chefs, perfectly paired with the winery's exclusive small lot releases. Mingle in The Hess Collection's contemporary art gallery, which features more than 80 pieces of artwork—including those by Andy Goldsworthy, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Robert Rauschenberg and Alan Rath—and discover delicious new ways to lead an ocean-friendly lifestyle. This event is limited to guests ages 21 and up.

$150 general public ($65 tax deductible)
$125 Aquarium members ($40 tax deductible)

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The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.