Pigs & Pinot

Pigs & Pinot Beneficiaries

Since its inception Pigs & Pinot has raised over $1,000,000 for its beneficiaries. We are blessed to have such a successful event and thrilled to have raised money for so many very important causes.

Beneficiaries from Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot events have included:


Farm to Pantry rescues produce on farms and backyards in Sonoma County and shares it with marginalized families. We are 300+ volunteers 350+ property owners, and 100+ community partners. We have harvested over 4 million servings of fruits and vegetables since inception in 2008. At the same time, gleaning combats climate change. Last year, we spared the air of greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 73 cars off the road for a year. Our vision is for a just food system in which everyone has access to healthy food that honors and nourishes our community and heals the planet through eliminating food waste.

Our mission is to bring together our communities to end food injustice and reverse global warming by rescuing and sharing locally-grown food with those who have been systematically marginalized. Some of our partners include: Corazon, La Luz, Burbank Housing, La Familia Sana, CURA, Bayer Farm, Alliance Medical, Elisha’s Pantry, FISH, Sonoma Overnight Support, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Healdsburg Pantry, Healdsburg and Analy High Schools, Ceres, Food for Thought, Catholic Charities, St. Vincents, Reach for Home, St. Pauls, Redwood Gospel Mission, Salvation Army, Ortiz Plaza, Acts of Kindness, and more! Join us as a gleaner, grower, and giver here: farmtopantry.org


Pigs & Pinot has teamed with the The Culinary Institute of America to create the “Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot Scholarship.” This fund will provide one Sonoma County resident the opportunity to attend the Culinary Institute of America by granting a one-time $50,000 award.  Candidates must have great financial need and demonstrate the following qualities: a passion for the industry and its products, a commitment to culinary education, and a high ethical standard within the culinary industry. Visit ciachef.edu for more information.


Pigs & Pinot has paired up with Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics to provide one scholarship for an undergraduate or graduate student concentrating in Wine Business. Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot has graciously donated this scholarship in hopes of making a difference in one local Sonoma County student’s life. The recipient of this scholarship will demonstrate the following qualities: a passion for the industry and its products, a commitment to wine education, and a high ethical standard within the field of wine.   Recipients must show financial need and be a Sonoma County resident.  The scholarship will provide a one-time $10,000 award to pay for tuition, books, fees, housing and other expenses to support the student’s career advancement and educational accomplishment. Visit sonoma.edu/sbe/ for more information.


Career Technical Education, also referred to as CTE, is a multi-year sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to post-secondary education and careers. CTE programs deliver an enriched educational experience that promotes student interest and academic success, while also developing technical and soft skills training necessary to meet 21st Century workplace demand. Graduates of today’s rigorous and relevant CTE programs are better prepared for high-wage, high-skill and high demand careers.


Global Student Embassy’s (GSE) mission is to empower young leaders to become environmental stewards, social innovators and community leaders. In collaboration with international peers, students generate and implement powerful community-based solutions to shared ecological concerns.

GSE students have led the design and building of 9 organic gardens in school or community spaces. Students practice sustainable farming techniques and model how we can collaboratively produce food that benefits the larger school communities. Harvests provide food for local food banks for terminally ill and underserved populations.

GSE participants contribute to local restoration efforts at Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and Sonoma County Land Trust preservation sites. Students engage in a full spectrum of hands-on restoration work planting native trees, installing and removing restoration hardware, monitoring rare and endangered plant species, and learning about the function and importance of the habitat.

For more details and to donate, please visit globalstudentembassy.org


Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot is proud to support the Healdsburg Education Foundation and Healdsburg High School Academic Internship Program. The internship program has thrived and grown every year since it was launched as a pilot four years ago with just 30 students. The 2014-2015 year has continued to see success build for the Healdsburg High School Academic Internship Program. In December 2014, the Healdsburg Unified School District (HUSD) was presented with the California School Board Association prestigious Golden Bell award for the Academic Internship Program. The program was named a best practice in the Career Technical Education Category, the only vocational Golden Bell awarded in the state.


Pigs & Pinot is proud to support the Accelerated Reader program at the Healdsburg Charter School and Healdsburg Elementary. The program serves students at both schools from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Children can access stories and articles online, take assessments that test comprehension and fluency. Results are reported to teachers, and students can find other reading materials in the library at their appropriate reading levels. Progress can be monitored by teachers and students online, and students can advance at their own speed.


Pigs & Pinot is proud to support the Analy High School Instrumental Music Program. This donation will help fund yearly costs, which includes providing transportation and entry fees for the festivals and musical events the Analy High School band and orchestra attends during the school year. Each year Analy Band Wagon is the primary source of financial support for the Analy High School Music program.


North Sonoma County Services (NSCS) is an organization that battles homelessness on a close and personal level. NSCS operates out of St. Paul’s, and manages 11 units of transitional housing that are owned by the city of Healdsburg and also operates the only emergency, overnight homeless shelter in Healdsburg. The organization served 511 individuals for the year of 2014 at their overnight shelter. The shelter serves one individual or one family unit for the night. NSCS also offers counseling and helps people apply for CalFresh.

“The goal is to empower anyone who is living in our housing to be able to transition into permanent housing,” said Sally Hubbell, the priest at St. Paul’s and a board member for NSCS.

To donate, volunteer or learn about other programs at NSCS, call 433-6161 or email nscs2015@gmail.com


DG Educational Services (DGES) was founded by Devils Gulch Ranch in 2008 and our mission is to promote awareness of sustainable agriculture and our connection with nature through hands-on, positive experiences right at our ranch and the surrounding park land. Since 1997 our Summer Camps and other educational programs have served over 2,500 students. With only 1% of Americans taking an active role in farming, very few people today (especially children) know where and how the food is produced that they purchase in grocery stores or eat in restaurants.

Pigs and Pinot is proud to sponsor 10 scholarships to the DGES Summer Camp program, to help kids from all social strata have the experience of a lifetime.

For more information or to donate, please visit DGES.org

DGES Summer Camp programs provide opportunities for students to care for the animals that are raised on the ranch, grow and harvest vegetables in the gardens, learn traditional skills and crafts, explore nature, make new friends, get dirty and have fun.


Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Sonoma County is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to increasing the accessibility and quality of child care and preschool programs in Sonoma County. We offer subsidies for child care and preschool for low-income families, trainings and food subsidies for child care providers, and resources for all families in Sonoma County looking for early education programs. We also run twelve state-funded preschools in Sonoma County, serving over 500 low-income, working families. For more information or to make a donation, please visit sonomacountyfair.com


Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot is proud to support The Court of Master Sommeliers and sponsor 10 candidates by covering the cost of their Level 1 exam.


Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot is proud to support local Sonoma County children’s sports teams.  Pigs & Pinot hopes to provide uniforms and cover membership fees for many local children with financial need.  This year’s sport teams include: Healdsburg Bulldogs, Healdsburg Little League, Healdsburg Youth Soccer League, Petaluma Valley Little League and Sebastopol Little League.


Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot has paired up with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau to support the Wilson Winery “Children of Sonoma Vineyard Workers Scholarship.” Scholarships of $700 to $2,000 will be awarded to children of Sonoma County vineyard workers. Scholarships are open to high school seniors continuing their education and to students who are already in a college, trade or technical school.

Wilson Winery provides these annual scholarships because they believe the children of Sonoma County vineyard workers should not be limited by financial hardships in their pursuit of educational opportunities. This year Wilson Winery will award more than $10,000 in scholarships to deserving students.


Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot is happy to support the Saralee McClelland Kunde Farm to Table Culinary Scholarship, administered by the Sonoma County Farm Bureau. The scholarship program was established in 2014 in memory of Saralee, a dedicated agriculture leader, grape grower and tireless champion of young people seeking careers in agriculture and the farm to table culinary field.  The requirement for this special scholarship is that recipients must have an agricultural background and be members of the 4-H or FFA.   In less than a year the fund has awarded $7,000 in scholarships to qualifying students.


Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot was proud to support the Down Syndrome Association North Bay.  Down Syndrome Association North Bay's mission is to promote self-advocacy, raise awareness, support inclusion and enrich the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. For more information on the Down Syndrome Association North Bay visit dsanb.org.


Throughout the summer months, the townsfolk of Healdsburg gather to picnic and enjoy live music – from blues to Cajun to Jazz – each Tuesday night.