A TASTE! Like No Other

UC Davis Celebrates Food, Wine, Music and Art

Combo pic of building exteriors: Robert Mondavi Institute, Manetti Shrem Museum and Mondavi Center
The TASTE! venues: Robert Mondavi Institute, Manetti Shrem Museum and Mondavi Center.



  • Online (use the links above)
  • Phone — 530-754-2787 or toll-free 866-754-2787 
  • In person — At the Mondavi Center box office, open noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and one hour before all ticketed events.

Get a “taste” of this: UC Davis’ TASTE! event this year will include, for the first time, the visual arts along with great food and wine and other libations, and the performing arts.

This annual fundraiser for the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science has been held twice before, each time in partnership with the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. This year, the menu expands to include the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, which opened in November in close proximity to the RMI and Mondavi Center at the campus’s south entry.

So, at this year’s event, Saturday, Oct. 21, besides food and drink (unlimited samples from an array of local and regional wineries, breweries, meaderies, cider makers and eateries), and an opportunity to walk across the street for a concert at the Mondavi Center, you’ll have exclusive access to the university’s spectacular new art museum.

Taken together, this year’s TASTE! has all the ingredients that Robert and Margrit Mondavi saw as contributors to an enhanced quality of life — and why the Mondavis contributed so greatly to UC Davis. Together, they gave to the Robert Mondavi Institute and performing arts center, and, after Robert’s death, Margrit gave to the Manetti Shrem Museum.

Here is the TASTE! program:

  • Robert Mondavi Institute — Samples of wine, beer and mead, in your commemorative glass; and sample bites of tasty food. Music will be provided by Jazz Gitan, a Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz quartet. 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Manetti Shrem Museum — Exclusive viewing and tours of the museum’s fall exhibitions, Dimensions in Black and John Cage’s 33 1/3. The latter is more about listening than viewing — as it involves a cacophony of music from albums that museum visitors are invited to play randomly on phonographs. 6-7:30 p.m.

One kind of TASTE! ticket is being sold for the RMI and museum portions of the program. Separate tickets required for the Mondavi Center concert listed below. See box for details.

Hudson band, four men posing
Hudson, from left: Grenadier, Medeski, DeJohnette and Scofield,
  • Hudson — Comprising all-stars Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield, hard swinging jazz masters, deft and creative jam purveyors, rocking funky groove maestros — each at the top of his game. Their band name comes from the Hudson River Valley they each call home. 8 p.m., Jackson Hall.

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