The 6th Annual Fork It Over, held September 16th at Oxbow Public Market, raised $100,000 to support the Community Action of Napa Valley (CANV) Food Bank. The evening began with a reception in the Copia gardens featuring CIA at Copia chefs, several of Oxbow Public Market’s artisan merchants and Oxbow District wineries, with music provided by Hot Roux.. Following the reception a special four-course dinner created by Michelin Star Chef Ken Frank of La Toque, and Chef Todd Humphries of Kitchen Door at Oxbow, was held on Oxbow Public Market’s River Deck. The live auction featuring curated food, wine, art, and travel experiences generated plenty of spirited bidding and excitement under a pleasant Napa Valley evening. Funds raised at the 2017 Fork It Over event support the Food Bank’s Nutrition Education Program, focused on teaching the community, including young children, about the importance of incorporating healthy choices into their lives.

Our friends at Kitchen Collective have extended their Special Offer through the month of October! Their request in exchange…that you donate to Fork It Over and help us continue to raise funds for Community Action of Napa Valley Food Bank.

The hairiest month of the year is here! Watch Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) go from Baby Face Nelson to full on sideshow worth bearded Dandies in 30 days or less!

That’s right, on November 1, Napa Valley Distillery’s manly-man spirit guides arrived at work clean shaven for the first time in NVD history. What’s the occasion? No-Shave November of course!

Every year brave men all over the world participate in No-Shave November by shaving off all facial hair the morning of November 1st, and then spend 30 shave-free days growing out lumberjack worthy beards to raise awareness for a variety of men’s health issues. NVD’s booze slingers will be collecting donations all month for prostate cancer research. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the US, and when caught early, is highly treatable. However, even when successfully treated, prostate cancer takes a toll on both physical and mental health. Growing primo facial hair might not directly cure prostate cancer, but it will raise money and awareness. At the end of the month NVD will have before and after pictures to share, and all collected donations will be matched by Proprietor Arthur Hartunian. So stop by the Bar Shop and Tasting Room to check their progress, make a donation, and celebrate.

Kara’s Cupcakes brings back a classic cupcake flavor – neapolitan – available all month. And introduces a special NEW flavor – chocolaty chocolate vanilla chocolate chip in support of the Napa Valley Vine Trail.  Stop by the bakery or call the cupcake hotline to pre-order:  1.866.554.CAKE (2253).  Order online at

In addition to a regular offering of tasty, seasonal cupcakes, Kara’s Cupcakes regularly gives back to the community. The March charity cupcake sweetly supports the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The chocolate salted caramel is a chocolate cake with a sweet and salted caramel frosting — and a portion of the proceeds benefit the MS Society!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Join Kara’s Cupcakes as they partner with 99.7NOW to support the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Twenty percent from the sale of their chocolate raspberry cheesecake, a chocolate cupcake on a graham cracker crust, filled with raspberry cream and topped with silky cream cheese frosting adorned with a custom 99.7 NOW logo will go to the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.