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join chef ambassadors joachim splichal, matthew poley, 
and hugo bolanos

at the Italian-style villa of Carla and Fred Sands featuring the best of LA’s restaurants and artisanal food vendors, as well as a variety of California’s finest wine and spirits.

6:00-7:00pm VIP Reception

Featuring this year's Chef Ambassadors including:


Heirloom LA’s MATTHEW POLEY  and 

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air's HUGO BOLANOS

Enjoy early entrance to the Garden Party with special pours from Asombroso Tequila, Frank Family Winery, Glenfiddich, Moraga Estates and selections from The Kitchen for Exploring Food and The Truffle Brothers.

7:00-10:00pm Garden Party + Auction, with tastes from restaurants, bakeries, craft distilleries, breweries and wineries and an auction featuring large format wines, incredible trips and experiences and a raffle to win a luxury trip to London!

View listings of large format winesView wine trips and experiencesView the Cultivate LA invitation  

For more event and ticket information, please contact Jill Freeman - or 213.580.1851.



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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Raffle Tickets

$50 Raffle Ticket for the chance to win:

  • A luxury trip for 2 to London with Delta Air Lines Business Class tickets and 6 nights of luxury accomodations
  • Wine cellar valued at $2,500
  • A library of esteemed cookbooks

*Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event

 Sponsors / Supporters

2015 sponsors


Presenting Platinum Sponsor

Magnum Sponsors
Marianna + David Fisher



delta c r

Grand Cru Sponsors
Melissa + Kevin Beyeler
Wendy + Barry Meyer
Rod Olea
Toni + John Schulman

Sommelier Sponsors
Carol + Frank Biondi
Erika Glazer
Isaacs/Williams Family
Jim + Natasha Mindling
The Stolaroff Foundation
The John + Marilyn Wells Family Foundation

Connoisseur Sponsors
Denny + Jeff Berg
Ron Goldie
Lisa Klingenberg
Kim Merritt
Ande + Bruce Rosenblum
Andrew Sabin Family Foundation
Ronald Sampson
Alan B. Slifka Foundation
Jewels + Kiko Washington
Roni + Arthur Yuter

Aficionado Sponsors
Nancy + Russell Belinsky
Christine + Armyan Bernstein
Judy Billings
Dayna + Steven Bochco
Sarah Bowman + Bill Temko
Comerica Bank
Disney-ABC Television
Trish + Bill Flumenbaum
Jude + Woolf Kanter
Sylvia + Wayne Kazan
Julie Miller + Marc Binenfeld
Edie + Robert Parker
Shana + Don Passman
Jaye + John Rogovin
Dusty Snyder
Erin Mulcahy Stein + Robert Stein
Elizabeth + Steve Wyler




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