Tuesday, September 11, 2012

An Evening of Aloha: Celebrating the Friscia Family and UCSD Burn Center

This has been a life-changing summer for Chef Antonio Friscia (Stingaree, Gaijin, Campine). At a 4th of July party his wife Stacy was severely burned over almost half of her body in an accident around a fire pit. It was touch and go for awhile; she needed to be kept in an induced coma initially and required multiple and extensive surgeries.

The good news--for Stacy and Antonio, their two sons, and their extended family and friends--is that not only is Stacy recovering, she is homeward bound, where she still has a lot of physical therapy and healing to do.

To celebrate her recovery and the superb treatment she received at the UC San Diego Burn Center, Antonio wanted to throw a big bash. So, Enlightened Hospitality Group, which is home office to Stingaree and Campine, is hosting An Evening of Aloha, a benefit for the Burn Center which will be held at Stingaree this Sunday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. There's a minimum $20 donation at the door and all of the proceeds will go to the Burn Center.

Participating restaurants and chefs are San Diego favorites, including the Cooks Confab, to which Antonio belongs:

Brian Sinnott (L. A Specialty)
Jeff Jackson (A. R. Valentien)      
Jason Knibb (NINE–TEN)
Trey Foshee  (George’s California Modern)      
Chad White (Counterpoint)
Melissa Mayer (Martini Media)
Jack Fisher (Jack Fisher Confections)
James Foran (Market) 
Olivier Bioteau (Farm House Cafe)
Christian Graves (Jsix)
Aaron LaMonica (Blind Lady Ale House/TigerTiger)
TK Kolanko (The Fishery)
Paul Arias (The Fishery)                                           
Katie Grebow (Café Chloe)         
Paul McCabe (Delicias)
Amanda Baumgarten (Herringbone)
Shane McIntyre  (Searsucker)
Ryan Studebaker (Gingham)
Carlos Ochoa (Gabardine) 
Anthony Sinsay (Burlap)
Hanis Cavin (Carnitas Shack)
Donald Coffman (Paradise Point)
Andrew Spurgin

Those of us who know and love the Friscias are so grateful for Stacy's recovery and hope you'll join in to help raise money for the UC San Diego Burn Center, which serves San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial Counties as well as Western Arizona. It is one of only eight certified burn centers in California and Arizona that meets the standards of the American Burn Association and American College of Surgeons. The proceeds from An Evening of Aloha will go towards discovering new therapies, fighting infection, expanding facilities and capacity, purchasing specialized equipment, providing training, community education, and, of course, providing comfort.

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