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Bronze works featuring culinary luminaries to be unveiled at Upper Valley Campus Dec. 10

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Lissa Gibbs, NVC Public Information Officer -; office: 707/256-7167


11 Works by Fred Parhad Installed at Public Ceremony

Nov. 24, 2014 (Napa, California) – The community is invited to a free ceremony to commemorate the permanent installation of 11 new bronze works by sculptor Fred Parhad featuring culinary luminaries who have contributed significantly to defining California Cuisine and shaping the history of cooking in America.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Napa Valley College’s Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena., site of the college’s Napa Valley Cooking School, and will be followed by a casual wine reception for the public featuring NVC Estate Wines.  

"We’re honored to be able to feature these sculptures of such culinary greats as part of the environment for our students," said Napa Valley College President/Superintendent Dr. Ron Kraft.

The works feature chefs, authors, and vintners – many with local ties – who have influenced the American palate and changed the nation’s cuisine. Bay Area author, radio commentator, and California Cuisine pioneer Narsai David and his wife, Venus David, commissioned from the artist and donated the artworks to the college.

"From across the country and around the world these culinary legends found inspiration in this Golden State of bounty and diversity, creating California Cuisine, and thereby reinvigorating what we eat and drink, and reimagining our relationship with the Earth that feeds us all," reads the dedication plaque for the artwork.

Figures featured in the installed artworks:

  • James Beard

  • Cecilia Chiang

  • Julia Child

  • Narsai David

  • MFK Fisher

  • Robert Mondavi

  • Jacques Pepin

  • Paul Prudhomme

  • Wolfgang Puck

  • Jeremiah Tower

  • Alice Waters

The bronze works were created by Fred Parhad, a self-taught sculptor with over 35 years of professional dedication to his work, whose studio is in the hills above the Napa Valley. Among his many sculpture portraits, figures and monuments, Fred created the Ashurbanipal monument, which stands in San Francisco in front of the Asian Art Museum.

For further information about the event, please call the Upper Valley Campus (707) 967-2901.