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Monday, October 12, 2009

Auction, Raffle, and Pizzaiolo Party Raise More Than $15,000 for Soul Food Farm

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

click to enlarge A fire in early Sept. wiped out acres of pasture. - SOUL FOOD FARM
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  • A fire in early Sept. wiped out acres of pasture.
An auction and raffle to benefit a post-blaze Soul Food Farm wrapped up over the weekend. Organizer Bonnie Powell estimated some 250 people showed up at Pizzaiolo in Oakland to hear the winning bidders announced. Soul Food Farm's Alexis Koefoed told SFoodie that fund-raising efforts for the pastured chicken and egg operation left her feeling invigorated. "I'm happy to live in this part of the world, where people say, 'We're gonna help you out,'" Koefoed said. "That's been a bit of an eye opener in this cynical world."

Yesterday's fundraiser caps off a handful of benefit dinners (including one last night at Il Cane Rosso). The farm has also received direct donations. "As a very rough estimate, I'd say the events, all told, will raise roughly $30,000," Powell said, adding that the figure means Soul Food Farm met its funding target. Last month a raffle organized by Bi-Rite in San Francisco raised a little over $10,000 for the farm, which lost pasture, chicks, and a pair of chicken houses in the Sept. 3 fire.

The prize that saw the most furious bidding was a pitch lunch with Chronicle Books cookbook editor Bill LeBlond. Dinner for two at the kitchen table at Chez Panisse also drew some stiff competition (the winning bid? $800).

Samin Nosrat, former sous chef at the recently shuttered Ecolo in Berkeley, was co-organizer of the Pizzaiolo event. Nosrat marshalled food donations from Acme Bread, Bakesale Betty, Bar Tartine, Becker Lane Pork, Cheese Works West, Chez Panisse, Christopher Lee (the ex-Ecolo chef made prosciutto for the event), Dirty Girl Farm, Fatted Calf, Frog Hollow, Full Belly Farm, Ici, Oliveto, Picante, Pizzaiolo, Prather Ranch, Rancho Gordo, and Siew-Chin Chinn.

Meanwhile, last Wednesday saw the first delivery of Soul Food Farm's CSA boxes to Emeryville. The first S.F. CSA boxes will be delivered this week.

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