A Star-Studded Cast of Chefs Will Lead a Drought Benefit Dinner at Bucato

Bucato’s Evan Funke has enlisted top chefs from around the city to raise money for Flora Bella, a farm struggling to survive amidst the California drought

Why is this night different from all other nights? Because Bucato’s Evan Funke is giving us reason to eat with a sense of purpose.

As many of you already know, California is in the midst of a terrible drought that is unlikely to get help from El Niño this year. And while its effects for many of us have been limited to newly inspired landscaping plans involving succulents or sparking moral debates about the water wasted in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, peoples’ lives are being impacted in real ways.

This holds especially true for Flora Bella, an organic farm three hours north of here where Funke gets a lot of his produce from, including rapini, golden nectar plums, wild arugula and, butternut squash. That’s why Bucato is hosting a one-night-only, star-studded benefit dinner that will give one hundred percent of its proceeds to Flora Bella Farm. The seven course prix-fixe menu will also highlight Flora Bella products. Joining Funke is a cast of heavily-decorated chefs: Ari Taymor of Alma, Travis Lett of Gjelina, Chris Jacobson of Girasol, Shannon Swindle of Craft, and David Nayfeld, formerly of Fifty Seven. So if you missed The Taste a couple weeks back, now is a good time to cash in on something special. Details are still being finalized, but here are some things you can expect: butternut squash agnolotti from Funke, Morcilla corn and chanterelles from Nayfeld, ricotta cheesecake with pistachios and fig-mulberry sorbet from Swindles.

Reservations begin at 6:30 p.m. For more updates, visit www.bucato.la

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