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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.


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Cultivate L.A.

October 10, 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.

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 Sponsors / Supporters

2014 sponsors


Angel Sponsor

Gold Sponsors
The Louis L. Borick Foundation
Marianna + David Fisher

Grand Cru Sponsors
Ambassador Frank + Kathy Baxter
Mattel, Inc.
Wendy + Barry Meyer
Rod Olea
Wells Fargo

Sommelier Sponsors
Carol + Frank Biondi
Erika Glazer
Isaacs/Williams Family
Toni + John Schulman
The Sheinberg Family Foundation
The Stolaroff Foundation

Connoisseur Sponsors
Nancy + Russell Belinsky
Betty + Ron Goldie
JP Morgan Chase
Vivian + Michael Krepack
Susan + Michael Levine
Graciela Meibar
Jim Mindling
Ande + Bruce Rosenblum
Nadine Schiff-Rosen + Fred Rosen
MaryAnn Weisberg + Bryce Perry
Roni + Arthur Yuter

Aficionado Sponsors
MaryBeth + Ashley Abdo
Denny + Jeff Berg
Sarah Bowman + William Temko
Jacqueline + Dr. Andrew Caster
Sharon + Paul Crane
Laurie + Matthew Ember
Megan + Alan Epstein
Tricia + Bill Flumenbaum
Jill Grey
Teri + Ken Hertz
Audrey + Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation
Deborah Irmas
Jude + Woolf Kanter
Sidney Kohl Family Foundation
Gerry Logue + Sean Cassidy
Melanie + Richard Lundquist
Linda McDonough + Bradley Ross
Jim Miller
Julie Miller + Mark Binenfeld
Michael Nock
Michelle + Connolly Oyler
Edie + Robert Parker
Ronald Sampson
Jewels + Kiko Washington
Julianne + Michael Woronoff

2014 committee


Committee Chairs
Sarah Bowman
Debra Parr
Toni M. Schulman  

Committee Co-Chairs
Nancy Belinsky
Anthony Dias Blue
Alison Dinerstein
Nancy Isaacs
Susie Sheinberg