Michelin Star Winner Daisy Ryan Named Head of Upcoming Santa Barbara Wine Auction

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Delmar León, the Los Olivos-based painter, will be this year’s featured artist.

August 22, 2022 (Santa Barbara, CA) – Restaurateur and chef philanthropist Daisy Ryan — co-owner of Bell’s in Los Alamos and Bar Le Côte in Los Olivos — has been named star chef for the 2022 Santa Barbara Wine Auction and will craft the menu for the black-tie gala in November.

“My fellow winemakers and I are more than just fans of Chef Daisy’s incredible food,” says Jessica Gasca, president of the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation and owner and winemaker of Story of Soil. “We are inspired by how she gives back to our community as a pioneering business leader and philanthropist with her charity, Feed The Valley, which addresses food insecurity in the Santa Ynez Valley. We are thrilled to partner with her for this year’s gala.

The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation (SBVF) is founded on the “Grounded in Giving” philosophy and the biennial Santa Barbara Wine Auction is the association’s main fundraising event. This year’s event will take place November 11-12 at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara. It will be hosted by famed auctioneer Billy Harris. Grassini Family Vineyards is the Vigneron Honoré 2022.

All funds raised will go to the SBVF’s long-standing philanthropic partners, Direct reliefthe international humanitarian organization based in Santa Barbara, and Community health centers (CHC), which provides medical services to the Santa Barbara farmworker community.

The last auction, held in February 2020, proved critical to CHC’s pandemic efforts. Money raised at the gala directly contributed to the CHC’s 39,515 free vaccinations, the opening of the Los Alamos clinic in April 2022, and the expansion of the CHC’s mobile clinic program.

Originally from the Santa Ynez Valley, Ryan is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has spent several years working in some of New York’s most acclaimed kitchens, including Gramercy Tavern, Chef’s Fare and Per Se. She and her husband Greg returned to the West Coast, where she helped open The Line Hotel in Los Angeles before heading to Austin to oversee the beverage program for McGuire Moorman Hospitality. In 2018, the couple moved to California’s Central Coast permanently, opening Bell’s in Los Alamos and launching their business, The hospitality of companions. Companion Hospitality now includes Bell’s, Bar Le Côte, Priedite Barbecue at Los Alamos and a new beer and wine bar, The Other Room, which will open this fall.

Since Bell’s opened, Ryan has been appointed Food & Wine Best New Chef and the restaurant was nominated for Squire List of the best new restaurants. In the fall of 2021, Bell’s earned a coveted Michelin star.

The SBVF is also pleased to announce Delmar Leon will be the featured artist of the auction. Born and raised in Venezuela, León is a self-taught painter based in Los Olivos. She began painting at the age of 9, in a unique community where an unlikely combination of art, mysticism and Catholicism formed the fabric of her daily life. León is emerging as one of the most intriguing artists working today. Each of his paintings evokes a distinct and often strong emotional response in the viewer. His work is often described as mystical and otherworldly.

León’s paintings will be the anchor of all print and digital materials at this year’s auction and will feature prominently at the event in November.

More details are forthcoming regarding the exciting auction offerings and entertainment that will be showcased at the event.

For sponsorship opportunities, more information and ways to get involved, please visit SBWineAuction.org.

About the Santa Barbara Wine Auction

The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Santa Barbara Vintners. The biennial Santa Barbara Wine Auction is the Foundation’s flagship charity event. Since its inaugural gala in 2000, the auction has raised more than $5 million for humanitarian organizations, including its longtime grantee and partner, Direct Relief. The 2022 Wine Auction will mark its 12th year of coming together to support, strengthen and give back to its community. https://sbwineauction.org

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