Guest Chef Dinners

Support the employment training of our women by enjoying an exceptional fine dining experience. Renowned chefs come to Plates Café and serve up gourmet dishes — all in benefit of the mothers at Saint John’s!

Our Guest Chef Dinners take place on the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The evening is filled with friends, supporters, live music, complimentary wine tasting, and appetizers followed by dinner and a raffle.

2023 Guest Chef Dinner Series

During our Guest Chef Dinners, Sacramento’s finest chefs work with Plates Café to produce a special world-class dining experience. Please note that Guest Chef Dinner is not held during the months of January, October or November.

Please check back often for updates on the 2023 Guest Chef Dinner line-up.

2023 Guest Chef Dinner Dates

February 2 – Chef Santana Diaz of UC Davis Health’s production kitchen


March 2 – Chef Jennifer Millsap and Chef Tara Martinez of Shef Madres

Featured Winery: Sean Minor Wines

Band: Darbytown

Ticket sales closed.

April 6 – Chef Deneb Williams of Allora


May 4 – Chef Aziz of Brasserie du Monde

If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please send an email to

June 1

July 6

August 3

September 7

December 7

Become Part of the Guest Chef Dinner Club

Join our Guest Chef Dinner Club to take advantage of discounted pricing. Guest Chef Dinner Club sales are available until March 31, 2023. Tickets may be moved or combined to other months; contact us ahead of time to arrange. Please join us in supporting formerly homeless women and children transition to self-sustainability.

2023 Club Sales — Now through March 31, 2023

  • February 27 – March 31
    • Includes: June through December dinners (10 tickets total)
      Does not include tickets to April or May dinners, which are sold out.
    • Price: $600 ($50 savings)

Updated Health & Safety Protocols

Saint John’s Program for Real Change is committed to safe gatherings. Masks are encouraged.

COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people gather and you understand that no precautions can fully eliminate the risk of exposure. By attending Guest Chef Dinners, you expressly agree to comply with any and all rules and safety guidelines put in place by the event organizers, and voluntarily assume all risks and liability related to exposure to COVID-19.

Previous Guest Chef Restaurants

Some of the finest chefs from the Sacramento area have partnered with Plates Café to provide a one-of-a-kind gourmet meal in support of the women and children served at Saint John’s Program for Real Change.