Former Disney President and Vintner Rich Frank of Frank Family Vineyards to battle Celebrity Chef Stuart O’Keeffe and ALA President David Grunwald in charity cook-off

Fundraiser to benefit Affordable Living for the Aging supporting homeless and low-income seniors, November 12

(November 10, 2016, Los Angeles, CA)–Rich Frank, former president of Disney Studios and owner of Napa Valley-based Frank Family Vineyards, will compete with celebrity chef Stuart O’Keeffe and ALA president David Grunwald in a heated cook-off on Saturday, November 12th, to benefit Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA). The winner will be crowned “King of the Grill.” The event will take place at a private residence from 1-4 pm. The cook-off will feature recipes from Stuart’s recent cookbook, The Quick Six Fix, and wines from Frank Family Vineyards. Food and beverages from the ALA sponsors, including Whole Foods Market, Alta Palla Sodas, FIJI Water, Angel City Brewery, and Villa Dolce Gelato also will be served. Tickets are $250 and event details can be found at

Celebrity chef and TV personality Stuart O’Keeffe was first introduced to American TV audiences through shows on the Food Network, NBC and OWN. “I am so excited and honored to work with ALA for this great cause,” he says. “I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years, and have seen homelessness in front of me. I am thrilled to be able to help ALA raise funds for this worthwhile mission.”

“As the son of a wholesale meatpacker from Brooklyn, my competitors should be scared. The heat is on, guys,” says vintner Rich Frank, who is also an avid supporter of ALA.

“ALA is really fortunate to have Chef Stuart and Rich Frank helping to raise awareness for our cause. Los Angeles is facing a crisis with our homeless populations,” says Grunwald, President and CEO of ALA. “Seniors are especially hard hit because they are often overlooked and underfunded and so we work to provide affordable and permanent housing solutions through our programs. This event will help raise funds to mitigate the devastating effects of housing instability in our city.”

Celebrities expected to attend include: actor James Scott, director Phil Boston, Judge Tanya Acker, actor and model Rib Hillis and model Rayne Ivanushka.

Media interested in covering the event may contact, 310.313.6374, to inquire.

About Frank Family Vineyards:

Since its founding in 1992, Frank Family Vineyards has been a star on the rise. It started during Rich Frank’s tenure as President of Disney Studios when he purchased the Historic Larkmead Winery located on a quiet tree-lined lane in Calistoga. The stone building on the property is the third oldest in Napa Valley and today has become synonymous with the Frank Family Vineyards brand. With time, dedication and patience, the winery has grown to over 380 acres of estate vineyards including the southwest facing Winston Hill Vineyard in the heart of Rutherford for Bordeaux-based varietals, and the Lewis vineyard in Carneros which produces outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Winemaker Todd Graff has been crafting Frank Family Vineyards’ delicious wines for over a decade, and year after year loyal fans return to the winery to taste each new vintage. Rich and his wife Leslie, an Emmy award winning news journalist, still dabble in entertainment, yet enjoy the wine business entirely, and are thrilled to help with the ALA’s efforts. For more information, please visit

About Chef Stuart O’Keeffe
Stuart O’ Keeffe is an Irish celebrity chef, food writer, and television personality best known for his appearance on the Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills. O’Keeffe was featured on his own TV shows, Stuart’s Kitchen, broadcast in Ireland and Home Made Simple on OWN in the United States. O’Keeffe has also made appearances on Marie, CBS’s The Talk, The Home and Family Show. His most recent cookbook, The Quick Six Fix: 100 No-Fuss, Full-Flavor Recipes – 6 Ingredients, 6 Minutes Prep, 6 Minutes Clean-Up is available at Barnes and Noble and other retailers. For more information on Chef Stuart please visit

About Affordable Living for the Aging:

Founded in 1978 by then 28 year-old Janet L. Witkin, Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA) is a non-profit dedicated to assisting homeless and low-income seniors with affordable housing and ancillary services. ALA supports seniors along the spectrum of homelessness, from at-risk to the chronically homeless, through a range of programs including roommate matching, in-home care, cooperative housing, affordable housing, and supportive housing with social services. In 38 years, ALA has counselled or housed over 30,000 seniors in Los Angeles. For more information please visit, or contact Candice Scott,, or 310.944.5558.