Kim Family Benefit at Incanto

I feel like this press release needed to be read in its entirety, so here goes:

The tragedy that befell the family of James and Kati Kim in the remote snowbound mountains of southern Oregon last December touched people around the world but most particularly those of Noe Valley where the Kim family lives and owns a business. Noe Valley resident and Artery owner Paula Benton and 13 Noe Valley groups created The Kim Family Fund to raise money for Kati Kim and her daughters. Launched in December 21st with a goal of raising $25,000, the Fund has raised over $8,000 to date.

To support the effort, Noe Valley resident and Four Seasons Hotel executive chef Jeremy Emmerson has created ~Chefs of Noe Valley: An Evening of Fine Dining to Benefit the Kim Family Fund~ a five-course dinner with wine pairings. “When Paula contacted me about helping Kati Kim and her girls, I knew I wanted to do something and thought immediately of organizing a dinner with all the chefs and restaurateurs in the neighborhood,” says Chef Emmerson. “I’ve traveled 15 years working as a chef and have never felt more at home than these last four years living in Noe Valley with my wife and our two daughters.”

Incanto will close for business the evening of Monday, February 26th in order to provide the venue for this benefit dinner. Each course (and wine pairing) will be created by a different Noe Valley chef. Confirmed chefs include:

Jeremy Emmerson, Noe Valley resident and Executive Chef, Four Seasons Hotel
Chris Cosentino & Mark Pastore, Chef and Owner of Incanto
Joseph Manzare, Chef Owner of Pescheria Restaurant
Ray Tobias and Galvin Gaviola, Chef and Owners of Deep Sushi
Eric Kuhne and Benny Cheung, Chef and Owners of Bistro 1689
Bridget Labus, Noe Valley resident and Pastry Chef, St. Regis Hotel

There will also be a Food Lovers Silent Auction featuring packages such as: Meadowood Napa Valley-Two Nights Lodging for Two Couples, four 60-minute Spa Treatments, in each of the guest rooms, including a chilled bottle of Schramsberg and fruit basket upon arrival; Four Seasons Scottsdale–Two Night Stay; Gary Danko–Dinner for Four; Jardinière–Dinner for Two; Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay–Brunch for Four.

“The generosity of Jeremy and the Noe Valley food community is overwhelming,” says Benton. “The chefs will donate their time, food and wine allowing almost all the money raised to go to the Kim Family Fund.”

About the Kim Family Fund
Believing that collectively people can create the community they want to live in, Noe Valley residents and business owners established the Kim Family Fund on December 21st, 2006 with the hope of finding 500 people/families to donate $50 each to reach its fundraising goal of $25,000. The KFF is a cash fund to be given to Kati Kim and her daughters. It is sponsored by Noe Valley resident and business owner, Paula Benton and 13 participating Noe Valley groups to reach out to the Kim family in a caring and financial way. For more information or to make a donation via Pay Pal go to:

Kim Family Benefit
Mon., February 26, 2007

1550 Church St.
Cross: Duncan St.
San Francisco, CA 94131


Seatings 5:30pm–9pm

$175 for 5-course dinner