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United Friends of the Children's 6th 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.

Cultivate L.A. - October 11, 2014

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eric greenspan + ricardo zarate

at an elegant hilltop Beverly Hills home that boasts outstanding views of the LA cityscape

"I'm thrilled to be an ambassador for this year's Cultivate LA event; an incredible event calling on local chefs and special guests to come together to celebrate and support foster kids in our community. Funds raised from the annual food and wine event help the kids at United Friends of the Children put their best foot forward e.g. graduate from high school, earn a bachelor’s degree, learn valuable life skills, secure a job, and find their first apartment. We raised a whopping $400,000 last year – I hope you all have a blast and smash this impressive record in 2014!"

Curtis Stone, Cultivate L.A. Chef Ambassador

6:00-7:00pm Sunset VIP Reception with craft cocktails and exquisite tastes offered by Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City and Larry's), Eric Greenspan (The Foundry on Melrose, The Roof on Wilshire and Greenspan's Grilled Cheese), and Ricardo Zarate (Mo-Chica, Zarate, Paiche, and Blue Tavern).

7:00-10:00pm Garden Party + Auction, featuring L.A.'s best local food and wine vendors including many from last year and plenty of new favorites!

Huckleberry book signing with Zoe Nathan, co-owner of Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe, Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, Sweet Rose Creamery, and Milo & Olive.


Past Events

Cultivate L.A. featured Curtis Stone, Brendan Collins and 60 food and wine vendors

Nearly $380,000 was raised at our 5th annual Cultivate L.A. - all to benefit the foster youth in UFC's programs. Guests enjoyed culinary treats from sixty of our favorite local food and beverage vendors as they enjoyed the outstanding views of the LA cityscape.


Deb and Brendan 426x640Chef Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City was showcased at the VIP reception with his friend Curtis Stone, Host of Top Chef Masters. Curtis also signed his new book for guests, What's for Dinner?. 

The VIP reception featured a private tour of the hosts' modern art collection and Belvedere's London mixologist serving farm-to-table cocktails.

Guests also enjoyed the Cultivate L.A. auction featuring large format wines, fabulous dinner parties and wine trips.

We hope to see all our wonderful guests, vendors and Cultivate L.A. participants again next year! Thank you for your incredible support and commitment to helping the foster youth in our community.

Check out all the great photos from the event, courtesy of Gold/Wong Photography and Cory Foster.



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Local Chefs Support Local Foster Kids

Cultivate L.A. brought together our region's favorite restaurants, vintners, breweries and artisinal food producers in the garden of a historic Bel Air estate, raising $320,000 for foster youth. Over 600 guests enjoyed an evening under the stars while sampling L.A.'s finests tastes and mingling with celebrated local chefs including Susan Feniger of Street, Jeffrey Cerciello of Farmshop, David Lentz of Hungry Cat, and Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City.

3rd Annual Cultivate L.A. Garden Party & Wine Auction

Over 500 guests enjoyed an elegant evening under the stars at Colleen and Bradley Bell's historic Bel Air home and sampled L.A.'s finest tastes from the region's favorite restaurants, vintners, breweries, and artisanal food producers. The VIP reception featured special reserve wines from Robert Mondavi Reserve, Chateau Montelena and Capture Winery, complimented by food pairings from Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City.

Over $ 200,000 Raised at the 2nd Annual Sold-Out Event

Nearly 600 guests attended Cultivate L.A. this year and mixed and mingled with some of L.A.'s best food and wine vendors including celebrated local chefs like Eric Greenspan of The Foundry on Melrose and Michael McCarty of Michael's.

Heirloom guests were treated to a private cooking demonstration by Chef Brendan Collins of the exciting new restaurant Waterloo & City, wine tasting with vintners from the acclaimed Chateau Montelena Winery and conversation with noted wine expert Anthony Dias Blue.

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2014 Special guests

Huckleberry cookbookHuckleberry book signing with Zoe Nathan, co-owner of Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe, Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, Sweet Rose Creamery, and Milo & Olive.


 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