Ragazza Holding a Special Fundraiser for a Special Employee


Photo from Haighteration.

As some people may have heard, a ~RAGAZZA~ employee was the victim of a terrible, violent crime in November. In order to cover expenses and assist in the victim’s recovery, two fundraising events are being held, including a benefit dinner on Monday January 24th with three seatings (5pm, 7pm, and 9pm). The meal will cost $35 per person and will include antipasti, salad, entrée, dessert, and wine; gratuity and tax are extra. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the victim, and any additional donations can be made at that time. The seatings are mostly full/have limited availability, but you can be added to the waitlist by emailing for reservations.

Since the dinner is mostly full, a big way that you can help is to look at and bid on an eBay auction that will run between January 21st-31st. The non-profit organization La Cocina is sponsoring the event, so any bid amount, beyond the fair market value of the auction item, is tax deductible. Over 40 items have been donated, and the list is impressive. (Really, no one rallies like the restaurant industry to help one of their own.) The Ragazza site is being updated daily, but highlights include: chefs Sharon Ardiana and Melissa Perello (Frances) will prepare meals in peoples’ homes; custom meals with priority seating and wine pairings at many popular restaurants, including A16, Delfina, Flour + Water, nopa, and Café des Amis; gift certificates; and more.

Lastly, donations can also be made directly to benefit the victim. To do so, please send a check made out to Ragazza’s fiscal sponsor: La Cocina, Inc. Please write Ragazza Fundraiser in the memo line so that your contribution goes directly to their cause. Donations may also be made on the evening of January 24th at the restaurant. For your donation to be tax deductible, it will need to be made via check payable to La Cocina, Inc. Donations may be sent to: La Cocina, 2948 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110-4028.

Best wishes to the victim and everyone touched by this terrible, heart-wrenching crime.