Charitable cuisine

Chefs team fills City of Hope's plate

The City of Hope and Pinot Hollywood restaurant have teamed to showcase the efforts of the popular eatery’s rising culinary star and 30-year old exec chef Jon Fernow, while also helping to raise money for the charity.

Fernow and Janet Trefethen of Trefethen Vineyards will join with Pinot’s chef Joachim Splichal to present a top-notch, four-course meal prepared by Fernow for attendees of the June 16 event, which will be held at the Gower St. restaurant.

Proceeds from the $150 per-person intimate gathering, will go to the City of Hope’s National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute, which endeavors to find cures for cancer, diabetes, AIDS and other life- threatening diseases.

The event is the latest in a series of fundraisers that lead up to the charitable org’s annual Spirit of Life dinner gala, held in October and which attracts the entertainment and music industry’s movers and shakers.

The City of Hope also has linked with Universal Music Group’s Hip-O Records to release a compilation disc of country music tunes from 13 of the genre’s biggest acts. Proceeds from sales of the album will be earmarked for the charity.

The disc, dubbed “Country Superstar Hits,” will be tied into the City of Hope’s 8th annual Celebrity Softball Game, set for Sunday at Nashville’s Greer Stadium.

Some of the artists featured on the disc will participate in the game, which is co-sponsored by Wrangler apparel, and will be taped for a June 17 airing on cabler TNN.