Come celebrate the 2023 AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival presented by CHUBB on Sunday, June 11, 2023 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. This spectacular outdoor gourmet food and drink festival will once again be held in the stunning gardens at the Historic Laurabelle A. Robinson House in Pasadena!

AbilityFirst Festival

About 2023 AbilityFirst Festival 

AbilityFirst is pleased to honor David Saeta at this year’s annual Food & Wine Festival with the organization’s highest honor, the Visionary Award. Saeta is Executive Vice President of IDS Real Estate Group. He is a third-generation South Pasadena resident and former South Pasadena Mayor, council member and planning commissioner. Giving of his time and expertise freely, Saeta has been instrumental in every important facility related decision at AbilityFirst for more than 10 years. He has also overseen the renovations for the AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank Center in Pasadena and the AbilityFirst Long Beach Center. In addition, Saeta has served as Chair of the AbilityFirst Board since 2022. Therefore AbilityFirst is grateful to honor Saeta for his enduring commitment to AbilityFirst programs for children and adults with disabilities.

This year’s AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival will bring 400 guests together for one exquisite evening. The event features more than 20 top restaurants, cocktail bars, wineries, and breweries and much more. CLICK HERE to read about past events; Or CLICK HERE to read a review from last year’s event on our sister site


Some of this year’s AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival Restaurants and Desserts include Alexander’s SteakhouseBone KettleCasa CordobaChefelle – A Personal Chef & Catering ServiceEl Cholo CaféGale’s RestaurantKensington CaterersPez CantinaPorto’s BakeryRuth’s Chris Steak HouseTam O’ShanterThe GeorgeWe Olive, and many more.

Spirits & Wine

Beverages featured include Cocktails and Spirit Tastings from 1886 at The RaymondDulce Vida TequilaEmpress 1908 GinGerlach’sGolden Road BrewingKnox & DobsonKrafted Spirits, San Gabriel’s Ogopogo Brewing, and Pasmosa Sangria as well as specially curated Wines and Pasquini Coffee Co.

AbilityFirst Festival

Photo courtesy of the AbilityFirst Festival 

2023 AbilityFirst Festival Benefiting AbilityFirst

Proceeds from this year’s AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival presented by CHUBB directly benefit AbilityFirst’s programs. The curriculum has been created to help individuals successfully transition from childhood to adult life. Thus providing employment preparation, training, and experience. The programs also build social connections and independence, as well as offering participants and their caregivers an opportunity to refresh and recharge through recreational activities. In addition, AbilityFirst’s person-centered programs empower individuals to discover what is important to them in their lives. Then helping them to develop the skills that are important for them to achieve their goals.


Additional sponsors include, Bank of America, Los Angeles Supervisor Kathryn Barger, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Anita and Vince Lawler, Bolton, and many more.

Food & Wine Festival Steering Committee

The festival Steering committee includes: Anita Lawler (Committee Chair), Devon Anderson, Anita Besharat, Steve Brockmeyer, John Nilson, Julietta Perez, Mary Spellman, Harlan Thompson, and Melissa Wu.


The AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm at the Historic Laurabelle A. Robinson House. For more information and to purchase tickets directly to this year’s AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival, please visit the website to purchase tickets,

What: AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival 
Where: Historic Laurabelle A. Robinson House, 195 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
When: Sunday, June 11, 2023; 5:00pm – 8:00pm