Madelyn Alfano, owner of Maria's Italian Kitchen, participated in The Grateful Table on October 27, 2018. The Grateful Table is a communal dinner celebration to support Restaurants Care, an emergency assistance fund for restaurant workers through the California Restaurant Association Foundation. Madelyn and Maria's Italian Kitchen donates to the fund. The event featured celebrated chefs, live music, a Twilight Reception in the garden, and a dessert bar under the stars.
Restaurants Care provides crisis grants to restaurant employees for basic living expenses and costs related to illness, injury or natural disaster. The funds raised at The Grateful Table will serve as a life-line to many.
The event on October 27 raised more than $90,000 for Restaurants Care hardship grants. Many funds have been given to restaurant workers who were recently affected by the fires and landslides in Ventura and Santa Barbara. Some of their stories are told on the video on the web page for the event. CLICK here to view.