Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dinners from the Heart in Pasadena Feb. 26-28

For three nights in February, specifically—Feb. 26 through Feb. 28, a host of Pasadena’s finest restaurants will be participating in Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ annual fundraiser—Dinners From the Heart. The event is a win-win, as it enables caring members of the community to enjoy an outstanding meal while simultaneously raising money to help fund Hathaway-Sycamores’ comprehensive continuum of therapeutic and other support services for children and families struggling with mental-health issues and other challenges.

Dinners range from $75 to $175 per person and include a complimentary bottle of wine for each party of two. This year’s event also features several group dinners with standout individuals including: sculptor Christopher Slatoff; chef Claud Beltran of Noir Food & Wine; Los Angeles Times’ sports writer Sam Farmer; and the International Wine & Food Society’s Dave Felton.

To participate in this extremely worthwhile as well as delectable fundraiser, simply select a date and choose from one of 30 restaurants including Arroyo Chop House, Bistro 45, Briganti, Cucina Rustica, La Grand Orange Café, Roys Restaurant (a complete list of participating restaurants is available at and then make a reservation by contacting And Sica at (626) 395-7100 ext. 2516 or Seats are limited at each participating restaurant, so it’s recommended that reservations be made well in advance.

Since its inception in 1991, Dinners From the Heart had raised more than $600,000 for the programs and services provided by Hathaway-Sycamores—one of Los Angeles County’s largest, private providers of children’s mental-health services—to more than 9,000  children and families annually. Special thanks for this year’s Dinners From the Heart go to event co-chairs Bob and Gregg Smith of Smith Brothers Restaurant Corporation and their participating restaurants Arroyo Chop House, Café 140 South, Cheval Blanc, Parkway Grill, Smitty’s Grill, along with the Los Altos Auxiliary.

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