Los Angeles

25th Anniversary Gala for the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

smfmlogo.jpgUpdate March 24, 2007: We’ve just received word that this event is now sold out.

Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s “Good Food” and chef and owner of Angeli Caffe, will emcee the 25th Anniversary Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Gala Dinner and Fundraiser that will recognize market manager Laura Avery’s contributions and celebrate the Market’s role in setting the standard for farmers’ markets across the country.

When: Sunday, April 15, 2007 beginning at 6:00pm
Where: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica
Cost: $100.00 per person (100% tax deductible)
Tickets must be purchased in advance by telephoning 310.455.0181. The reception and dinner are open to the public and tickets are selling quickly, and no tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Southland Farmers’ Market Association. The Southland Farmers’ Market Association is a 501(c)6 organization that supports small growers who participate in California certified farmers’ markets.

Participating chefs include Sherry Yard, Neal Fraser, Gregg Wangard, Michael Cimarusti, Paul Shoemaker, Rich Mead, Michael McCarty, Dave Rubell, Mark Peel, Josie Le Balch, Alain Giraud, David Lefevre, Josh Loeb, Joe Miller, Joanna Moore, Chris Blobaum, Josiah Citrin, Anthony Jacquet, Chris Kidder, Suzanne Goin, and Sandy Gendel. The benefit will also feature California farmers whose hard work and dedication to the art of farming are on vibrant display at the market every week.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet the chefs who will step outside of the kitchen to join with the farmers to personally greet guests. A silent auction and raffle will also give guests the opportunity to bid on as well as win special prizes.