KCET Celebrates Its New Home at the Pointe with Exclusive Fundraising Dinner at Bouchon



Attendees will experience an elegant meal personally crafted by award-winning chef Thomas Keller and chef de cuisine Rory Herrmann, with special wine selections from renowned Rusack Winery


LOS ANGELES, May 4, 2012--KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, will host an elegant evening at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills, offering attendees an intimate multi-course dinner crafted by award-winning American chef Thomas Keller and his team on May 15 at 6:30 p.m.  The cost is $2,500 per person.


The event will celebrate the opening of the new KCET Studios at The Pointe in Burbank with presenting sponsors Kristin and Jeffrey Worthe and Geoff and Alison Rusack and featuring the world-class wines of Rusack Vineyards.  Additional sponsors of the celebration include John J. Agoglia, Carol and Warner Henry, Channing and Debra Johnson, Loeb & Loeb, Joanne and Roger Kozberg, Hub International, Ronald S. Lushing, Wells Fargo and Mary L. Naff


Guests will enjoy an exceptional culinary experience prepared by Chef Keller and his team. The Rusacks have specially selected a wine pairing from their Santa Barbara winery for each course. Throughout the evening, Chef Keller, named "America's Best Chef" by Time magazine, will join each table of guests for conversation and insights into his cuisine, and open his acclaimed kitchen for a unique behind the scenes tour of the Bouchon operation. 


In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to bid on exceptional items and experiences during a special live auction that includes a Bouchon Dinner Party and a trip to Istanbul, Turkey.


As a thank you, each guest will receive a signed and personalized first edition of Chef Thomas Keller's upcoming Bouchon Bakery Cook Book when it is released later this year, featuring recipes from Bouchon Bakery. In addition, a parting gift of handmade Bouchon Bakery chocolates will be presented to guests upon departure for immediate gratification along with a copy of Chef Keller's Finesse Magazine.

About Chef Thomas Keller

Author of four culinary books, Thomas Keller is renowned for his culinary skills and his exceptionally high personal standards. He has established a collection of restaurants that set the standard with the hospitality industry. He began his career at a young age, working with his mother in a Palm Beach restaurant. In 1994 he took ownership of The French Laundry in Yountville, California, quickly garnering nationwide acclaim. His French bistro Bouchon debuted in 1998, with Bouchon Bakery following five years later. He now has eight restaurants and five bakeries in the United States. In November 2009 he opened Bouchon in Beverly Hills. He is the author of the award-winning The French Laundry and Bouchon cookbooks, as well as Under Pressure, on sous vide cooking. His most recent release is a book of family-style recipes titled Ad Hoc at Home. The book has received awards from both the IACP and the James Beard Foundation. In the Spring 2011, French President Nicolas Sarkozy designated Chef Thomas Keller a Chevalier of The French Legion of Honor, making him just the third American culinary figure to be so honored.


About Rusack Vinyards

Highly esteemed Rusack Vineyards, established in 1995 by Geoff and Alison Rusack, has garnered numerous accolades from Robert Parker and The Wine Enthusiast, and its Syrah was ranked by The Wine Spectator as 27th in the world for 2011. Featured wines at this event are from the unique terroirs of Ballard Canyon, in the center of the Santa Ynez Valley, and El Rancho Escondido, in the middle of Santa Catalina Island. The Rusacks are excited to serve these fruits of their labor, including their first vintage of Chardonnay from Catalina - one of the most geographically distinct places on earth.


About KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.



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