Narsai David, top chefs, turn out for Five Star Night

Narsai David (front right) with the chefs participating in this year’s Five Star Night, a benefit for Alameda County’s Meals on Wheels

Wine from Narsai David‘s personal cellar, dishes prepared by some of the East Bay’s top chefs, a delicious four-course dinner and an auction with prizes such as a romantic getaway to Paris — all for a wonderful cause: it must be Five Star Night, the annual principal fundraiser for Alameda County Meals on Wheels.

This year — the event’s 26th — the dinner will be held on Friday April 26 at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland near Lake Merritt.

The line-up of chefs is enough to whet your appetite: Louis LeGassic of Bay Wolf; Rick Hackett of Bocanova (read why Hackett thinks chowder will be the next big thing); Rico Rivera of Flora; Alan Carlson of Italian Colors; Haig Krikorian of Lalime’s; Chris Cheung of Marica Seafood; Neucimar Dias da Silva of Market Hall Bakery; Barry Shinto of Ozumo; Sophina Uong of Picán (read why their cocktails are worth a detour); Luis Rodriguez of Picante; Scott Shaffer of Saags Specialty Meats; Robert and Mica of Savoy Events; and Tom Frainier and Michael and Barbara Rose of Semifreddi’s.

David has been hosting the Five Star Night since the beginning, and all the chefs and staff involved donate their time. And this year in particular, the non-profit needs our support more than ever, according to Cindy Houts, Executive Director of Alameda County Meals on Wheels, which delivers more than 2,100 warm meals each week-day to homebound seniors.

“With the potential for sequester cuts, funding for 50,000 meals might be cut,” she said. “We need to be ready to fill that gap.”

As anyone who has volunteered for Meals on Wheels knows, the program is about much more than a simple meal. Every time a delivery driver visits the home of a homebound senior they bring a friendly smile and are also performing a daily wellness check.

Houts said she recently worked a route and twice had to call 911 because the senior needed emergency medical help.

“The program is cost-effective too, so it’s good for tax-payers,” Houts said. “One year of meals is the same cost as one day in hospital.”

Berkeleyside Nosh is a proud sponsor of Five Star Night. For full information, including how to buy tickets, visit their website.

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  • I am proud to be on the Board of Directors of Alameda County Meals on Wheels. I want to point out funding for this essential service is threatened by federal cuts, due to sequestration and consistent insufficient funds for the fragile elderly. So, I ask you to support this fine non profit, the gala event. Why not buy a ticket or two, and come to it. It’s really a lot of fun!

  • A neighbor

    I applaud Narsai David’s support to Meals on Wheels. However, I wish he would take some responsibility on his properties around the Colusa Circle in Kensington. Several properties owned by him there have stayed empty and neglected for at least 10 years.

  • A neighbor

    I applaud Narsai David’s support of Meals on Wheels. However, I wish he would take some responsibility for the properties he owns at Colusa Circle in Kensington. Several properties have stayed empty and neglected for at least 10 years.

  • Visakha

    As one of the providers of Meals on Wheels, I can say that this fundraiser provides critical funding that otherwise would be difficult to achieve and allows local providers to focus on the good work that we love to do. With the upcoming cuts, we need support from our community more than ever. So come join the fun, eat some amazing food and support our mission! See you on the 26th!

  • Mary Louise Zernicke

    Meals on wheels deserves kudos for supporting our frail and homebound elders. Supporting our elders MUST be a cultural value. We appreciate all the work of the meals on wheels programs. Thank you.

  • BG

    How do you buy a ticket? There’s no information on the website.

  • If you follow our link to the Five Star Night website they have a red “Purchase Tickets” link.