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.