Call to action for Chefs: A donation for the silent auction or a dish at the Mediterranean Feast Fundraiser for Paula Wolfert and the Alzheimer's Association
Sunday April 27th noon- 4:00 pm at The Daily Dose in Downtown L.A.
1820 Industrial St #104, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Additional information: http://mediterraneanfeast.tumblr.com
Renowned and beloved cookbook author, Paula Wolfert, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In true fighting spirit, Paula has become a leading spokesperson for Alzheimer’s- championing preventative measures and ways to mitigate symptoms of the disease.
Mediterranean Feast for Paula is a grassroots fundraising and outreach campaign organized by chefs Farid Zadi and Susan Park with the support of Paula Wolfert and the Alzheimer’s Association. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
Mediterranean Feast is seeking chefs who wish to donate a Mediterranean dish for the event or an item for the silent auction. The event expects a sell out capacity of 400 guests. So for the dish, sample tastes of dishes will be 1- 1 ½ ounces in size. Since there will be over 30 dishes served, we're asking for chefs to prepare 20 lbs or 4 gallons worth of food. All disposables will be provided for sampling and volunteer cooks to plate. For the silent auction, suggested items for auction include the following:
Restaurant gift certificates, tickets to food events, cooking classes, cookbooks, cookware, cooking ingredients, travel packages, wine, vineyard tours, wine tastings or seminars, a private dinner or seats at a pop-up. Though just about anything is welcome!
There will be an on-site silent auction at the event plus an online auction host by eBay Giving Works. Online auction items can be donated from anywhere in the country. Email Susan Park firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to donate an item or prize. Please include a clear photo of the item or prize, full value, your name, company name and contact info (name, phone, and business address).
The event organizers are also seeking donated auction items from foodies, retail operators, restaurateurs, winemakers, cookbook authors, culinary educators, and wholesalers. So please step up for this cause and contribute even if you're not a chef !
About Paula Wolfert:
Paula Wolfert, a resident of Sonoma, is the author of eight cookbooks, all considered classics. Among them: Couscous and Other Good Food From Morocco, The Cooking of Southwest France, and five books on Mediterranean cuisine including the much praisedCooking of the Eastern Mediterranean. She has won the Julia Child Award three times, The James Beard Award five times, The M. F. K. Fisher Award, The Tastemaker Award and been a finalist for the British Andre Simon Award. She is the creator of the openFacebook Moroccan Cooking Group.
Maybe Mario Batali puts it best. The star chef first met Wolfert while cooking at his first restaurant, New York City's Pó, in 1994. "Paula is perhaps the single most influential cook and author among the professional chefs of my generation," he wrote me recently. "Her relentless search for authenticity has led the chefs I love to accept no compromises, and to create real food for an American market that, up until 25 years ago, wanted none of that. She's a lot of fun to have a drink with, too."
About the Alzheimer's Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information about the California Southland Chapter, visitwww.alz.org/socal or call toll-free: (800) 272-3900.