The Sonoma Community Center will honor American icon, the founder of Williams-Sonoma, Chuck Williams, as its 2013 Sonoma Valley Muse. Credited with changing the American kitchen, in his career, he has won nearly every culinary award imaginable.

A celebratory dinner will be held at Ramekins Culinary School on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Williams, known as “Chuck” to the world, has built an empire from his love of cooking and made Williams-Sonoma a household name. Williams-Sonoma started on Broadway in this small town almost 70 years ago – a town that captured his attention and his heart.

According to Sonoma Community Center Executive Director Toni Castrone, “As we celebrate the founder of Williams-Sonoma, we remind ourselves that his accomplishments grew from his passion for cooking. Sonoma Community Center’s education programs stoke the creative passion that is in us all. This event will bring funds to provide these sorts of programs to the residents of Sonoma Valley.”

This marks the ninth annual Sonoma Valley Muse celebration, an homage to the people who have inspired the community and left an indelible cultural mark on the local culture. Previous muse selections have included Agoston Harazthy, M.F.K. Fisher, Robert M. Lynch, Jack London and James Zellerbach.

The dinner menu is based on Chuck’s favorite foods and several recipes come straight from Williams-Sonoma cookbooks.

The Cynthia Tarr trio will provide music, and a silent and live auction will tempt patrons with a wide variety of culinary adventures, locally made ceramics and an array of gift certificates to local stores and restaurants. Guests are encouraged to follow Chuck’s lead and wear an apron and tie.

Tickets are $235 a person, and all proceeds will benefit Sonoma Community Center’s cultural programs. Proceeds of this year’s auction and Fund-the-Future lot will fund the center’s cultural programs including the artist in residence program, arts scholarship program, the City Party, Thanksgiving dinner and the Fourth of July hometown parade and Plaza celebration. The center is a private nonprofit organization that receives no regular governmental funding and depends on membership, donations and low-cost rentals for its existence.

For further information about the Muse or center classes and activities, contact 938-4626, ext. 1 or visit