Charlie Palmer to host Second Harvest event

The Second Harvest Summer Food & Wine Event returns to Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza from 6 to 9 p.m. May 16, an event organizer said.

The event at the Costa Mesa shopping center features award-winning wines and gourmet food, a silent raffle and music by KCRW 89.9 DJ Jason Bentley.

And, because the event is sponsored by South Coast Plaza, 100% of the ticket sales will benefit Second Harvest's food bank, said Anton Segerstrom, a shopping center executive who serves on the Second Harvest board.

"They can produce about three meals for every dollar," Segerstrom said. "So when you think about it, that leverage is incredible. It's not only a good time, but the effect and change they make with one ticket is incredible."

A presale ticket costs $75 through the Second Harvest website,, and $100 at the door.

Guests will be offered a 10% discount on select wines by the case.

A portion of those proceeds will be donated back by Charlie Palmer to Second Harvest.

"I have been fortunate enough to establish restaurants in some of the best cities across the U.S. However, with each new town we enter, we realize the need to support and give back to the local community," restaurant owner Charlie Palmer said via email. "It gives us all great satisfaction to celebrate our passion for food and wine with enthusiasts, all while providing to important causes such as the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County."

Proceeds will go to providing 1.3 million pounds of food a month to more than 450 member agencies countywide, Segerstrom said.

To do that, organizers hope to raise at least $50,000 to $60,000, making it one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Irvine-based food bank.

"What's interesting about Orange County is that there [are] a lot of people living on the poverty line," Segerstrom said. "Many people have double sources of income. We tend to think of Orange County as a very affluent community, which it is, but there is a lot of need out there too."

More information is available by contacting Emily Doyle, Second Harvest special events and public relations coordinator, at (949) 653-2900 ext. 131 or by emailing

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