As the famous chef Julia Child once said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” At Institute on Aging, we’d like to add to that by saying, “People who love to eat and support their community are the best people.”
A time-honored tradition, Dinner á la Heart returns on February 4, 2020 for its 37th year in support of IOA. It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year and taps into what people already love to do—share a great meal with their friends and loved ones. We carefully curate a group of the Bay Area’s fine dining establishments, all of which offer either a prix fixe dinner or lunch that includes wine and coffee or tea. Tickets for the meals (purchased in advance on our site) range from $85 to $250 per person. Some of the iconic restaurants participating this year include Harris’ Steakhouse, Farallon, Le Central Bistro, Epic, One Market, Waterbar, Perbacco, and Sushi Ran.
Along with the restaurant dining series, IOA hosts a special dinner at a San Francisco venue on the same evening, which features a special guest of honor. This year, the dinner will be held at the St. Francis Yacht Club, where we will recognize Dinner á la Heart honoree Rita Semel, a longtime San Franciscan known for her humanitarian work bridging people from different backgrounds and faiths.
Rita is a longtime supporter of IOA and a dear friend of Lawrence Feigenbaum, MD, who originally founded the nation’s first geriatrics/adult day program at Mount Zion Hospital, a program that eventually evolved into the Institute on Aging. She is perhaps best known for her humanitarian work as the 25-year coordinator of the San Francisco Conference on Religion and Race, and the co-founder of the San Francisco Interfaith Council. During her time with both organizations, she worked tirelessly to promote equality and establish guidelines under which people from all backgrounds could be treated fairly. She also currently serves on the boards of Clinic by the Bay, Congregation Emanu-El, and Grace Cathedral; she was also appointed by former Mayor Edwin Lee to the Human Services Commission. Rita’s continual advocacy and contributions to the San Francisco community align with Institute on Aging’s mission to enhance the quality of life of aging adults and enable them to maintain their independence, well-being, and participation in the community.
Please join us on February 4 by taking part in Dinner á la Heart. Your stomach will thank you for a memorable dining experience, and your heart will thank you in making the difference in the lives of those around you.