Our 2024 Honorary Chairs

Pardis & Frank Stitt

TumTum Tree Foundation is pleased to announce our 2024 Honorary Chairs, Pardis and Chef Frank Stitt. As founding members and generous supporters of our organization, the Stitts bring their passion for hospitality, deep appreciation of wine culture and genuine philanthropic nature to every TumTum Tree Foundation event.

Proprietors of four venerated Birmingham-area restaurants -- Highlands Bar & Grill (ten-time James Beard Foundation award nominee and 2018 Outstanding Restaurant of the year), Chez Fonfon, Bottega and Bottega Café -- the couple are also founding members of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA); Pepper Place Farmers Market and Jones Valley Teaching Farm board members.

Frank has authored two acclaimed cookbooks, Southern Table and Bottega Favorita. Pardis is a founding member of the Birmingham chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier and a dedicated long-serving member of our board.

Throughout their careers, the Stitts have developed meaningful relationships with vintners across the globe and relish connecting these producers with TumTum Tree Foundation supporters through private wine dinners and our major auction. In addition to their many professional accomplishments, the Stitts are true community advocates. Pardis and Frank are honored to be a part of the important work of the TumTum Tree Foundation, serving the needs of children in Alabama, a place they are proud to call home.

Past Honorary Chairs

2023 Rob Fisher — Fisher Vineyards
2022 Shannon Staglin — Staglin Family Vineyard & Artie Johnson - Le Artishasic
2021 Donelan Family Wines
2020 Susan and Tom Lowder — Holman Ranch
2019 Eric Jensen — Booker Vineyards
2018 Andy Peay — Peay Vineyards
2017 Jake Krausz — Arkenstone Vineyards
2017 Wes Steffens — Vineyard 7 & 8
2016 Dr. Madaiah Revana — Revana Family Vineyard
2015 Jasmine Hirsch — Hirsch Vineyards
2015 Fern Frias — Frias Family Vineyard
2014 Jim Clendenen — Au Bon Climat
2013 Alan Viader — Viader
2012 Anne and Chuck McMinn — Vineyard 29
2011 Beth Nickel — Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, Dolce, EnRoute
2010 Peter Thompson — Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards
2009 Ann and Dick Grace — Grace Family Vineyards
2008 Tom and Susan Curtin — Five Sons and DuMOL

2007 Juelle and Fred Fisher — Fisher Vineyards
2006 Grace and Ken Evenstad — Domaine Serene
2005 Margie & Kerry Murphy and Janet & Michael Verlander — DuMOL
2004 Rosalind, Jacques and Jeremy Seysses — Domaine Dujac
2003 Joe Davis — Arcadian
2002 Margaret Duckhorn — Duckhorn Vineyards
2001 Michael Honig — Honig Vineyards
2000 Micki and David Voisard — Napa Valley Artists
1999 Morgan and Jim Clendenen — Au Bon Climat/Cold Heaven
1998 Teresa Norton and Tom Paine — Vineyard 29
1997 Diane and John Livingston —Livingston-Moffett
1996 Shari and Garen Staglin — Staglin Family
1995 Brice Jones — Sonoma Cutrer
1994 Robin Lail — Lail Vineyards
1993 Margrit and Robert Mondavi — Robert Mondavi Winery
1992 Rusty Staub — New York restauranteur and philanthropist
1991 Ann and Dick Grace — Grace Family Vineyards
1990 First Wine Auction