Join us on May 3RD, 2018, 6PM-9PM, SmogShoppe

Join us on May 3RD, 2018, 6PM-9PM, SmogShoppe

Taste of Microfinance

Benefiting Opportunity Fund

Join us for an evening of food, drinks, fun, and the chance to celebrate local entrepreneurs! 

Taste of Microfinance is a celebration in the form of a cocktail party and food tasting event featuring cuisine from renowned chef entrepreneurs, all of whom used an Opportunity Fund loan to grow their business!

With a hosted bar and a global menu featuring talented chefs, the night is fun and the purpose is clear: we'll come together to support the next generation of entrepreneurs in Los Angeles-ensuring everyone has access to the funds and advice they need to close the gap between a dream and an opportunity.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
6 PM - 9 PM
SmogShoppe, Culver City

Individual Ticket: $75
Earlybird: $65 - until 4/3!

Wondering what to expect?

Expect enough tasty food to fill you up; great drinks and cocktails to wash it all down; and the company of a fabulous group of people who believe—like you—that microfinance offers a hand up to those in need and is a cause worth celebrating.

This event features cuisine from talented chef entrepreneurs, all of whom used an Opportunity Fund microloan to launch or grow their businesses!

Tasting Menu

All of our chef entrepreneurs used an Opportunity Fund loan to grow their business.

Chef Jorge of Los Balcones:
Taste authentic Peruvian cuisine with modern flair from L.A.’s preeminent Peruvian restaurant.

Chef Takuma of Takuma's Burgers:  Chef Takuma flips high-quality burgers, ranging from classic to creative to Japanese-inspired, from his popular L.A. food truck.

Chef Lia of World Empanadas: Family-owned and operated, World Empanadas proudly serves Argentine empanadas with a Southern California twist.

Chef John of CJ Wings: Step up to the plate with CJ’s famous wings, served hot, fresh, and with a sauce so secret only four people know the recipe!

Chek Kei of Sugarbird Sweets and teas: It’s always time for teatime! Chef Kei’s delicious little scones and tea are a perfect, sweet palate cleanser.

Chefs Natasha and Freya of Coolhaus: Fun-flavored ice cream scoops on cookies make for delicious ice cream sandwiches, plus they’re Coolhaus-certified Farchitecturally (Food + Architecture)-sound.

Chef Ricky of Ricky's Fish Tacos: Taste what all the rage is about. We’ll serve up Ricky’s famous fish tacos on fresh corn tortillas with cabbage, homemade crema, and pico de gallo salsa.

#EatDrinkGive with @OpportunityFund at #TasteLA

For Sponsorship and Host Committee opportunities, please contact Iosefa Alofaituli

Special Thanks to Our Southern California Regional Board and Host Committee for making this event possible.

Amanda Byrd, Southern California Grantmakers | Natasha Case, Coolhaus | David Greco, Social Sector Partners | Hogan Lee, Flipagram | Vivienne Lee, REDF | Kirsten Ludwig, In Good Company | Shauna Nep, SB Projects | Sylia Obagi, The Generative Group | Tara Roth, Goldhirsh Foundation

Marta Ferro | Ron Gonen | Frederick Li | Liliana Monge | Lisa Cleri Reale | Yohan Ruparatne | Martin Sargeant
Annenberg Foundation | Wurwand Foundation

Thank You to Our Sponsors

BBVA Compass | Boston Private Bank | City National Bank | HSBC Bank USA | JP Morgan Chase
Manufacturers Bank | Social Sector Partners | Union Bank of California | US Bank | United Way


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