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United Friends of the Children's 7th Annual

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Local Chefs Supporting Local Foster Kids

Cultivate L.A. brings together the finest Los Angeles restaurants, specialty food vendors, and wine makers from throughout California. Guests are introduced to the fabulous resources Los Angeles has to offer food and wine lovers in our area.  An evening of casual elegance, Cultivate L.A. celebrates the creativity, the passion, and the heart of Los Angeles.

Past Events

Local Chefs Helping Local Foster Youth

Once again, Cultivate LA was a tremendous success raising $400,000 for UFC's programs to help the foster youth in our community. 700 guests were joined by Chef Ambassadors Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes West, Duff's Cakemix), Eric Greenspan (National Geographic's Eric Greenspan is Hungry, Greenspan's Grilled Cheese), and Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Mo Chica). Zoe Nathan of Huckleberry Bakery & Café, Rustic Canyon, Milo & Olive, and Sweet Rose Creamery was on hand to sign her new cookbook "Huckleberry".

“As a new dad, I know how important it is to create a stable environment where children can thrive and succeed.  I am thrilled to join Cultivate LA and United Friends of the Children this year to help over 1,300 kids in foster care graduate from high school, attend college and plan for their future.”
Chef Eric Greenspan


0607-E035-UFC-CultivateLA-2014LowRezGuests sampled amazing bites from over sixty of LA's best restaurants and artisanal food producers as well as California's vintners and craft distilleries while enjoying live Cuban music from Perico Hernandez (featured in the film "Chef" by John Favreau).

The mobile auction included some amazing specialty wines, fabulous wine country trips and unique private dinners. The lucky winners took home large format wines including Screaming Eagle 2007 Second Flight Red Wine and Ridge 2010 Montebello 6L, dinner and wine pairings for six at Curtis Stone's new restaurant Maude in Beverly Hills, and a two-night stay at San Ysidro Ranch and dinner for two at The Stonehouse. Guests also signed up to attend a private in-home dinner on March 7, 2015 with Chefs Eric Greenspan and Duff Goldman. Hosted by Toni and John Schulman, the dinner includes an extraordinary meal prepared by the chefs as well as esteemed wines from the Spire Collection. Seats are still available for this one-of-a-kind experience - get yours today!

As always this event would not be possible without the incredible leadership of our Event Chairs, Sarah Bowman, Deb Parr and Toni Schulman as well as their team of co-chairs and committee members. Of course, the participation of our fabulous Ambassador Chefs and all the amazing food, wine and beverage vendors makes this event so spectactular.


Keep an eye out for next year's date and event details - you won't want to miss it!
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Save the Date

Cultivate L.A.

October 3, 2015 - Los Angeles

Join local chefs and vintners to support local foster kids as you enjoy an evening under the stars while sampling L.A.'s finests tastes! Advance tickets on sale soon.

Cultivate LA VIP ticket packages

 Sponsors / Supporters

2015 sponsors


Presenting Platinum Sponsor

Magnum Sponsors
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The Louis L. Borick Foundation

Sommelier Sponsors
Carol + Frank Biondi
James M. Mindling
The Stolaroff Foundation

Connoisseur Sponsors
Kim Merritt
Ronald Sampson

Aficionado Sponsors
Dayna + Steven Bochco
Trish + Bill Flumenbaum
Jude + Woolf Kanter
Julie Miller + Marc Binenfeld




Committee Chairs
Sarah Bowman
Debra Parr
Toni M. Schulman  
Committee Members
Nancy Isaacs - Auction Co-Chair
Linda McDonough - Auction Co-Chair
Jaynee Beckman
Nancy Belinsky
Kate Berg
Renee Biren
Andy Blue
Nina Chadha
Tobey Cotsen
Alison Dinerstein
Amanda Ehrman
Amber Eyerly
Susan Finesman
Natalie Gianne
Liz Glotzer
Cindy Gold
Teri Hertz
Maria Jhai
Lisa King
Michael Krepack
Kim Merritt
Pati Miller
Edie Parker
Jessie Schulman
Susie Sheinberg
Claudia Wong