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Narsai’s Dinner Party

Narsai David helps raise money for Contra Costa's top teachers.


Narsai David is known for throwing fabulous dinner parties. But the famous foodie outdoes himself every November, when he puts together a seven-chef, four-course dinner, featuring an all-star lineup of East Bay chefs, to raise money for Contra Costa’s top teachers.

This win-win event of food and philanthropy is the Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust Dinner, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. (The trust has awarded more than $450,000 to date.) David has been involved since year one, selecting the menu, providing the wine, and hosting the black-tie-optional affair.

“Selecting the chefs and restaurants is an interesting process. We have always tried to keep involving the area’s newer restaurants, and we bring in one new restaurant each year,” says David. “It’s great fun to get so many chefs together in one kitchen and watch them work as a team for the evening.”

This year’s chef lineup includes Sasa’s Sam Castro, Élevé’s Michele Nguyen, Yankee Pier’s Michael Dunn, Prima Ristorante’s Peter Chastain, Artisan Bistro’s John Marquez, Diablo Country Club’s James Santeramo, and Contra Costa College’s Nader Sharkes, whose culinary students create the dinner’s dessert course.

Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust Dinner, November 17, Diablo Country Club, 1700 Club House Rd., Diablo, tickets $150; for information, call (925) 945-0200, or go to eukelteachertrust.org.

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