Harvest for Hope Event

By on September 18, 2013

The 10th Annual Harvest for Hope, the Emilio Nares Foundation’s biggest annual fundraiser in San Diego, is approaching! Supporting low-income, underprivileged families whose children are battling cancer, this year’s event will be held at Stingaree in the historic San Diego Gaslamp Quarter on Sunday, September 22, from 3-6pm.

Starting in 2008, Harvest for Hope grew from being held at private residences to local conference and ball rooms to support the ever-growing elite list of participating restauranteurs and chefs. 2010 marked the start of a Harvest for Hope tradition in hosting the 200-person guest list at downtown San Diego’s Stingaree, utilizing all three floors of the popular nightclub. This year’s event will honor Indigo Salon & Spa owner and cancer survivor Randi Hosking, and will feature special performances by Southern California’s trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos and by the Sensational Strings.

 Founders Richard and Diane Nares lost their only child, Emilio Nares, to cancer. Turning tragedy to hope, the Nares family created the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF). The fundraiser brings together some of San Diego’s finest chefs from 17 participating restaurants to create unique dishes paired with fine wine and spirits.

 Please see below for further information on participating chefs & restaurants, and a timeline of the event’s successes.


Harvest for Hope

Harvest for Hope

2013’s Harvest for Hope Participating Chefs Include:

Chef Christian Graves of JSix at The Solamar Hotel
Chef de Cuisine Percy Oani of The Shores Restaurant
Chef Jeff Jackson of AR Valentine at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Chef Joe Busalacchi of Busalacchi’s A Modo Mio
Chef Pascal Vignau of Chandler’s at Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort and Spa
Elaine Palminteri Ardizzone of Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.
Hess Brewery
Ingrid Croce & Jim Rock of Croce’s Restaurant & Bar
Michael and Victoria McGeath, owners of former Trattoria Acqua and now Brooklyn Girl
Owner & Executive Chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grill
Owner Randy Smerik & Executive Chef Accursio Lota of Solare
Owners Sara Stroud & Chef Hanis Cavin of Carnitas Snack Shack
Partner & Chef Antonio Friscia of Gaijin and Stingaree
Searsucker Owners James Brennan, Chef Brian Malarkey and Executive Chef Jo Jo Ruiz

Established as a nonprofit in 2003, the Emilio Nares Foundation’s first Harvest for Hope raised $50,000 with help from only a few participating restaurants and chefs. The early years of the foundation’s fundraising event were highlighted by the fourth annual Harvest for Hope held in 2007 – donations and profits raised $125,000 for the Emilio Nares Foundation.

About Jacqueline Maddison

Jacqueline Maddison is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Rancho Santa Fe Magazine. She believes in shining light on the best of the best in life. She welcomes you into the world of the ultimate luxury lifestyle.

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