Cristina Topham of Sonoma’s Spread Catering arrives Thursday, Sept. 27, to present a delicious menu of Lebanese specialties with Fresh Starts Chef Events.

Chef Cristina is a Bay Area native and third-generation Lebanese-American who has catered for Wine Country events since 2016, combining the influences of Lebanon with her French training and experience from cooking around the world. Her menu:

Fattoush Salad – Chopped Vegetable Salad with Spiced Pita Chips & Sumac Vinaigrette | Kibbeh Karaz – Lamb Kibbeh Meatballs with Sour Cherry & Pomegranate Sauce, Vermicelli Rice & Lemony Greens | Mahoullabiya – Milk Pudding with Pistachios, Almonds & Orange Blossom Syrup

Her culinary journey began when she graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York City and became a line cook at Les Olivades in Paris, moving to Julia’s Kitchen in Napa and The Savoy in New York City. She later joined the yachting industry to cook her way through Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

All proceeds benefit our shelter, housing and training programs. Please see Fresh Starts Chef Events online for reservations and more details. Thanks to our premier sponsor, The Republic of Tea, for supporting this event.