savor logo 2019


benefiting The Doorways

Saturday, September 28, 2019
The Jefferson Hotel at 5:30pm

SAVOR is The Doorways' largest signature fundraising event, now celebrating its 11th year! SAVOR brings together award-winning chefs from coast to coast and around the world for an epicurean evening—all to benefit The Doorways! Guests are treated to a unique gourmet dining experience packed with delicious food and beverages from chefs and artisans from all over the city, state and world!

Enjoy craft cocktails and beers prepared by some of Richmond's finest artisans, delicious small plates and hors d'oeuvres crafted by acclaimed local and regional chefs, a 3-course, wine-paired meal handcrafted by acclaimed national chefs and, of course, gorgeous desserts hand-prepared by Richmond's finest dessert chefs. SAVOR also hosts a silent and live auction featuring fine wines and dinners at top restaurants, home entertainment packages, and plenty of travel excursions and getaway packages.

Your participation in SAVOR helps raise critical funds to support our mission of providing lodging and support services to families in medical crisis.

For more information or to purchase your ticket or sponsorship, visit the SAVOR event site here or contact Shivangi Perkins, Director of Development, at [email protected] or 804-828-6901 ext. 108. 

2019 Committee Members

Chair Emeritus
Mark Herndon and Leslie Stack

Committee Members
Melissa Ball

DeAnne Butler
Courtney Gibson
Marsha Ginther
Seth Goulston
Lynn Green
Kimberley Imperiale
Bob James
Diana Joyner
Lisa Chrupcala
Caroline Morton
Val Murphey
Linda Proffitt
Dave Quisenberry
Nicole Riley
Shayne Rogers
Stacye Samuels
Jeremy Saunders
Dan Scherotter
Celia Sease
Anne Smith
Lawson Stover
Kelly Stricker
Rick Vanderploeg

Our Featured Chefs

Chef Eliza Gavin

Eliza Gavin photo 2 (from 221 South Oak site)

Head Chef
221 South OakTelluride, CO

Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Eliza ran her first kitchen while attending college. Since then, she has continued her culinary education in New Orleans, Napa Valley and Paris, learning Classic Creole Cuisine and classical French techniques. Eliza now calls Telluride, CO home and is owner and Head Chef of 221 South Oak, a renowned Telluride restaurant known for its intimate atmosphere and delectable cuisine. Eliza can be found in the kitchens of 221 preparing the freshest ingredients possible.

Shortly after moving back to the United States, Eliza spent a year working on a cookbook before moving to Telluride. She cooked at 221 for a winter until she bought it in the fall of 2000. She prepares the freshest possible ingredients and styles that reflect her training and experiences.

To learn more about Chef Gavins and 221 South Oak, visit

Chef John Brand

John Brand photo (from Hotel Emma site)_cropped

Culinary Director
Hotel Emma, San Antonio, TX

A self-taught nationally recognized chef, John Brand grew up in parts of the Midwest and has cooked in great kitchens with great chefs.  It started with washing dishes at Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay and has led to kitchens in Spokane, Minneapolis, Beaver Creek, The Little Nell in Aspen, Keswick Hall near Charlottesville,  Broadmoor, Scottsdale and twice in San Antonio. John is now the chef and culinary director at Hotel Emma, a restaurant with a part farm table part bistro table feel located along the banks of the San Antonio River.

To learn more about Chef Brand and Hotel Emma, visit

Local and Regional Chefs

Jason Alley, Comfort

Sara Ayyash, The Jefferson Hotel

Chris Booth, The Original Bookbinder's

Brian Coates, Everyday Gourmet

Patrick Ehemann, The Jefferson Hotel

Michael Hall, Spoonbread

Matt Kirwan, The Roosevelt

Ashley Lewis, Buckhead's Chop House

Dave Quisenberry

Joe Sparatta, Heritage

Tuffy Stone, Cool Smoke

Tracey Thoroman, HobNob

Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors!

Presented by


Sous Chef


Katya and Mark Herndon


Mr. Myron H. Reinhart

Vickie & Tom Snead

Leslie Stack & Frank Rizzo

Chef de Partie

Jonathan and Melissa Ball         

Chef de Tournant

Mr. and Mrs. James Jollay

Mr. and Mrs. Blair Nelsen