Date: May 3, 2014


An evening of rustic elegance benefiting the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank



WHAT: The Viejas Foodtasia: Burlap and Silver Gala

WHERE: San Diego Food Bank warehouse,
9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego, CA 92121

WHEN: 6 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014

CHAIR: Lisa Busalacchi

EMCEES: Kimberly Hunt and Billy Ray Smith

YOU ARE INVITED TO The Viejas Foodtasia: Burlap and Silver Gala to benefit the Food Bank. Our 72,000 sq. ft. warehouse will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind venue for an evening of rustic elegance. Starting with a silent auction and reception, guests will enjoy delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with live music by Josiah the Musical Storyteller. Dinner will feature dishes prepared by eight of San Diego’s leading chefs who are volunteering their time and talents to support the Food Bank. And the evening’s program will be hosted by emcees Kimberly Hunt and Billy Ray Smith which will include a live auction hosted by Jack Berkman.

During the evening’s program, Lori Raya, president of Vons, will receive the Food Bank’s annual Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell Community Hero Award in recognition of Vons’ support for the Food Bank. And following the program, guests will be invited to dance to the music of singer and pianist Andrew Johns who is best described as a combination of Billy Joel and Elton John.

The evening will support critical Food Bank hunger-relief programs including the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. Purchase your tickets before April 1, and have the opportunity to attend an exclusive pre-event party. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, please contact Sandy Rabourne, Food Bank Special Events Planner, at 858-863-5142 or

HONORARY COMMITTEE:Chairman Anthony Pico and Diana Pico – The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians (Honorary Co-chairs)
Maj. Gen. Steven & Cindy Busby
Supervisor Greg & Mayor Cheryl Cox
Stephen & Marjorie Cushman
Sarah Farnsworth
Tim Fennell
Bill & Amy Geppert
Council President Todd Gloria
Congressman Darrell & Kathy Issa
Tommy & Jo Lasorda
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein
Kimberly Medeiros
Eugene “Mitch” & Rebecca Mitchell
Congressman Scott & Lynn Peters
John Moores & Dr. Dianne Rosenberg
Supervisor Ron & Helene Roberts
Supervisor Dave Roberts & Wally Oliver
Jerry Sanders & Rana Sampson
Dan & Sally Shea
Eric & Councilmember Lori Zapff



Lisa Busalacchi (Chair)
Paul Amberg
Cynthia Andonian
Jeanette Sanfilippo Arthur
Maria Autera-Sheperd
Jeanne Bollinger
Dee Dee Castro
Tara Cordova
Deb Devine
Cheryl Floros
Hilary Gauntt
Bonnie Hage
Traci Jacobs
Roxi Link
JoAnne Mantz
Amanda McNellis
Marjorie Mopper
Mary Schruube
Jennifer Schwarz



- 1st out of Valet
- Dinner for 6 with Tommy Lasorda
- Tickets for 2 to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with Round-trip Air to New York and a $500 Ritz Carlton Gift Certificate
- Alaska Airlines Maui Dream Vacation for 2 nights
- Two tickets to American Idol finale live taping and stay at The Omni, May 20
- A Fairmont Tour of Banff and Lake Louise for 2
- 7-Day French Polynesia Cruise Escape for 2 on the Incomparable Paul Gauguin
- Cabo San Lucas Resort Week
- Lexus 2-year Lease

A special thank you to our airfare sponsor, Alaska Airlines.



Join in the fun of our rustic wine wall by purchasing a $25 ticket and receiving a cork with a number. You then select the bottle with the corresponding number to your cork and receive a secret bottle of wine wrapped in burlap off the uniquely crafted wine wall. By leaving it up to chance, you might receive a very fine wine or just something a little fun and tasty to sip on at home!


Chef Osvaldo Blackaller from Cueva Bar
Chef Brian Bonney from The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Chef Joe Busalacchi from Busalacchi Restaurants
Chef Chad Kilgore from Pfizer La Jolla
Chef Accursio Lota from Solare Ristorante
Chef Adrian Mendoza from Herringbone La Jolla
Chef Colin Murray from Brooklyn Girl
Chef Brian Smerik from Solare Ristorante
Chef Tony Torres from Herringbone La Jolla


The annual Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell Community Hero Award recognizes an individual or organization for demonstrating outstanding support for the Food Bank. The award was established in honor of former board chairman Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell (2006-2010) for his tireless and dedicated support for the Food Bank’s mission.

The Food Bank honors Vons’ incredible contributions to the Food Bank. Vons has hosted food drive campaigns at all 58 San Diego County locations since 2007, donated 6,375,360 pounds of food, and $126,435 in monetary support. In addition, the company’s employees have clocked in countless hours of volunteer time at the Food Bank’s warehouse.

Accepting the award on behalf of Vons is President Lori Raya. Raya was named president of the Vons division of Safeway in January 2012 and is the first woman to hold the post in Vons’ 108 year history. a 26-year veteran of Safeway, Raya built her reputation as a seasoned retail executive running store operations in several of the company’s key operating divisions including managing large marketing units that together represented nearly half of Safeway’s business volume.


CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR’S FOODTASIA GALA For more photos from last year’s fundraiser, click here.