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Redbird Wine Dinner

Redbird Wine Dinner

Last year, C-CAP (the non-profit Careers through Culinary Arts Program) held a charity dinner at the Vibiana special event center located in the former St. Vibiana’s cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Plans were underway to open a gourmet restaurant in the rectory of the facility and name it ‘Redbird’. During the course of the evening, a gourmet dinner at Redbird for a party of 10 was auctioned off and a group of us were fortunate to be the winning bidders.

So the time came this April to collect on our winnings with an incredible gastronomic feast at the new “IT” eatery.

Starting to feel pretty full!

We entered the restaurant where the bar area features a modern, comfortable decor, complimented by a meticulous restorations of the vintage painted ceiling beams.

Bar / Entry area at Redbird

Redbird Bar / Entry area

We were escorted to one of the two Chef’s Tables positioned at the front of the restaurant. Being a party of 10 with several vintage bottles of wine and a whole lot of gourmet food served family style, the table got a little cramped for room at times, but we managed to get by.

All of the dinner guests are serious wine collectors, so everyone reached deep into their cellars to bring some righteous grape. Everything was drinking wonderfully well and given that several of the bottles were over 25 years old, there were many rare and special tastes to behold.

Jodie Rea and Ritchie Saunders with our sommelier for the evening, Floreana.

Floreana, our sommelier for the evening begins the festivities by serving up a lovely Prosecco.


The lineup of wines included:

1987 Hitching Post Wines Pinot Noir – Benedict Canyon Vineyard

1988 Hitching Post Wines Pinot Noir – Sierra Madre Vineyard

Incanto Prosecco (Magnum)

2013 Col del Mondo “Kerrias” Pecorino

Benito Santoa Albarino

2005 Domaine des Croix Beune 1er Cru Les Vignes

2008 Schiavenze Broglio Riserva Barolo

1999 Casanuova delle Carbaie Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

1990 Chateau Rieussec Grand Dru Classé Sauternes (2 half bottles)

Owner/Chef Neal Fraser and his whole staff of servers, cooks and management came through with a dinner to behold. The dinner came out in four waves of courses, sixteen very distinctive dishes in all. Served family style, the food kept coming until we could eat no more. One of our guests leaned more to the vegetarian style of eating and the staff bent over backwards to prepare a custom feast to suit her tastes.

Day Boat Scallops, peas, morels, orzo perlato

Day Boat Scallops, peas, morels, orzo perlato


The stellar compliment of dishes included:


Potato Crusted Smoked Pork Shank

Avocado Salad

New Zealand Tai Snapper Crudo

Burrata Salad

Smoked Tofu

Day Boat Scallops

Rack of Red Wattle Pork

Porterhouse Steak

Ora King Salmon

Weiser Pee Wee Potatoes

Pommes Aligot

Wild Broccoli

Chocolate Caramel Bar

Creme Catalan

Strawberry Tart

After such a thoroughly successful dinner, there was no question in anyone’s mind why Chef Neal Fraser and his new restaurant Redbird are at the top of the list for Los Angeles’ discriminating gourmet diners. If you have yet to experience the great pleasure of this restaurant, make your reservations and go now.

Thank you Chef Fraser for a dinner experience that we will all remember for a lifetime.

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Redbird Restaurant

C-CAP – Careers in Culinary Arts Program

C-CAP Charity Dinner at Vibiana / Redbird

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