San Francisco restaurant A16: female guest chefs & wine experts for International Women’s Day

A16 in San Francisco

A16 in San Francisco

A16 is hosting its 10th annual Festa della Donna celebration on Sunday, March 8, 2015. The dinner will feature southern Italian fare from prestigious Italian chefs Laura Brunelli and Rosetta and Maria Costantino. Make reservations at 415-771-2216 or Note that walk-ins are also welcome.

Location: A16, 2355 Chestnut Street (at Scott), San Francisco

Women winemakers from California and Italy including La Colombera’s Elisa Semino and POE Wines’ Samantha Sheehan will be pouring throughout the evening.

Each year, A16 serves a special dinner honoring women in food and wine and donates a portion of the proceeds to La Cocina, an organization that helps low-income entrepreneurs formalize and grow their businesses. Learn more at

Festa della Donna, or International Women’s Day, commemorates the women who were killed in the 1911 Triangle Shirt Waist Factory Fire in New York and recognizes the achievements of women past and present.

“International Women’s Day is widely celebrated in Italy and many other countries around the world as a ‘Girl’s Night Out’ where we honor women and support our community,” says A16 co-owner/ wine director Shelley Lindgren. “We have some very talented and amazing women sharing their gifts with us this year.”

Attendees will enjoy a special selection of dishes such as Rosetta and Maria Costantino’s Polpette di Ricotta and Laura Brunelli’s Tortelli di Bieta. The restaurant’s normal a la carte menu will also be available. Lindgren will be present on Sunday to showcase a selection of California and Italian wines by the evening’s featured winemakers.

Details on the women involved with March 8 event:
Laura Brunelli
Owner of the world-famous in Sienna restaurant Osteria Le Logge and Tuscany’s Gianni Brunelli winery, Brunelli creates wine with organic farming methods. She has generously shared her recipes for A16 to prepare at Festa della Donna.

Rosetta and Maria Costantino
Mother and daughter Rosetta and Maria Costantino are this year’s celebrated chefs. They will serve some of their springtime specialties highlighting their Calabrian heritage. The Constantinos grow their own produce, make their own ricotta, and cure their own salsiccia calabrese and have created two Southern Italian cookbooks.

Elisa Semino
A16 will be pouring two of the Timorasso wines that La Colombera Winery’s Elisa Semino has been making with her father in Piemonte, Italy. With a passion for farming and viticulture, the father and daughter duo are presenting two wines from Timorasso: Derthona and Il Montino.

Samantha Sheehan
A16 will be pouring from POE Wines, a winery founded by Samantha Sheehan. There will be Ferrington Chardonnay, Rose of Pinot Noir/Meunier, Pinot Nouveau, Pinot Noir, and Hudson Vineyard.

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