Open That Bottle Night, Raised Glass Cheers

Open That Bottle Night

Glitz, glamour, gratitude. Guests attending the 10th Open That Bottle Night in February were treated to it all: A dazzling venue, a five-course meal prepared by local chefs and paired with award-winning wines, and entertainment by performance artist David Garibaldi.

Open That Bottle Night has become a much-anticipated evening for NorthBay Healthcare Foundation to honor and thank the major supporters of the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee. The 2016 event topped the charts, not only in guest experiences, but in funds raised to support NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement, according to Brett Johnson, president of NorthBay Healthcare Foundation. More than $100,000 was raised by bidders in the Live Auction and on nine “Jubilee Year-Round Experiences,” as well as other surprise offerings.

As guests enjoyed wines from Suisun Valley vintners and hors d'oeuvres, they were offered an opportunity to purchase a Jubilee Year-Round Experience, such as VIP wine tastings, Italian-style lunch at Wooden Valley Winery or in the private back room at Pietro's No. 1.

Guests sat down to a meal prepared by chefs from Merchant & Main Bar & Grill, Hurley's in Yountville, Mankas Steak House, BackDoor Bistro and Il Fiorello. In between courses, guests were offered a chance to bid on items in the Live Auction: a commissioned portrait, exotic vacations, an instant wine cellar, and tickets to Giants and River Cats games. A popular item — private tours of Pixar Studios donated by Foundation Board Member Adam Burke — were enhanced at the last minute when Adam made a special announcement. He offered to auction his family's personal tickets to an advance screening of the studio's “Finding Dory.”

Gary and Bill in front of Garibaldi painting

Mid-way through the evening, nationally acclaimed performance artist David Garibaldi came on stage to paint — on the spot — three individual portraits. Accompanied by rock music, he danced about the stage, dabbing brushes — and even his hands — in paint, and then applied it in wide, dramatic strokes to the blank canvases.

Slowly, the images of Audrey Hepburn, rock star Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, and NorthBay Healthcare President/CEO Gary Passama emerged on the individual canvases. All portraits were later sold to the highest bidder.

“It was an outstanding evening in every respect, from the Sunrise Event Center to the great food and wine to the fabulous entertainment,” noted Chris Sweeney, chairman, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation board of directors.