The 2018 Christopher Silva
SRJC Food and Wine Classic

The 2018 Christopher Silva SRJC Food and Wine Classic is back for its fourth year in its new location at the Burdo Culinary Arts Center and its new date, July 8th (Christopher’s birthday). We’ll start with an intimate VIP reception that will include special library tastings and select bites from several well-known local chefs. The tickets for this portion will be very limited and will include a personalized tour of the Culinary Center by Chef Jim Cason, full time instructor and Department Chair for SRJC Culinary Arts.

The Christopher Silva SRJC Food and Wine Classic will feature over 20 premier Sonoma County wineries pouring over 50 premium award-winning wines. Gourmet appetizers and light fare will be prepared and served by guest chefs, our Culinary Arts graduates (including one with a Michelin star), and current Culinary Arts students. Please click below for more info on the program.

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Thank You for Supporting Our Students

All proceeds from the Christopher Silva SRJC Food and Wine Classic directly support the students through various programs and scholarships directly overseen and administered by the Culinary Arts Department at SRJC.

As a public California Community College, it’s our mission to serve the people of Sonoma County by making a quality education and skilled job training available to all.  We accept everyone who applies, regardless of ability, social and economic status, or background. We strive to offer educational opportunities as diverse as our student population. Our students all have different goals and objectives in life and our industry is rich with choices. Through the generous support of our patrons, customers, and alumni we are able to offer a training program that allows our students to work with the ingredients and equipment they will find in the industry, whether it’s a rare seasonal produce treat from F.E.E.D. or specialized cooking equipment such as our Mugnaini wood-fired oven -graciously donated by Andrea Muganini- our Paco Jet, or the chocolate spray gun. We maintain 4 massive teaching kitchens and more than $2mm in cooking equipment.

Along with scholarships offered through our Foundation, the Culinary Arts Department also has many in-house programs that go directly to the students: shoes, equipment such as knives, and uniforms. We are taking many of our best food photos taken by students and having them professionally printed and mounted. These will be on permanent display at the Burdo Culinary Arts Center.

At the heart of what Christopher Silva wanted to do by starting this event was to create opportunity for our students. His vision, amazing energy and focus was an inspiration for us all, and the opportunities created through this event will help the next generation keep Sonoma County the amazing food and wine destination it is.

2018 Wineries

A warm welcome to our participating wineries






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Our Committee

Our committee is an ad hoc collective of Chris’ friends determined to honor his legacy.

  • The Event Co-Chairs: Jim Cason, Hans Dippel.
  • The Honorary Co-Chairs: Dr. Chong, Al Silva.
  • The Committee: Diane Bucher, Rene & Holly Michalek (Byck), Sonia Byck, Shannon Cresci, Frank Darien, Benjamin Goldstein, Rob Myers, Marcy Smothers.