Last year, 805 Living’s “Dishing It Out for Charity Challenge” proved that pairing a desire to give back with a special dish from a fine restaurant is the perfect recipe for a season of giving. For the second year in a row, restaurants from around the region are stepping up to the plate. Each one has developed a distinctive dish, and for every one sold during November and December, each restaurant has pledged to donate $2 to the charity of their choosing. Last year, the Charity Challenge raised more than $16,000. We need your support to make this year an even bigger success. Try these specials to discover a delicious way to give back.
★ Acme Hospitality
Santa Barbara
acmehospitality.com
★ Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant
Seven-Piece Cheese and House-made Charcuterie Board is presented with toasted breads from Helena Avenue Bakery, fruit, jam, nuts, mustard, pickled vegetables, and olives.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, Les Marchands will donate $2 to Direct Relief, which provides medical and emergency support both locally and internationally.
★ Loquita
Spanish-inspired Mariscos Paella made with squid ink, Argentinian shrimp, calamari, and Venus clams.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, Loquita will donate $2 to Direct Relief, which provides medical and emergency support both locally and internationally.
★ Lucky Penny
Milpas Pizza topped with spicy tomatillo marinara, fingerling potatoes, Mexican chorizo, a sunny-side-up egg, cotija cheese, and cilantro.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, Lucky Penny will donate $2 to Direct Relief, which provides medical and emergency support both locally and internationally.
★ The Lark
Slow Roasted Niman Ranch Ribs with Southern sweet-tea glaze, fingerling potato salad, Anaheim chiles, Easter egg radish, chives, and Texas Tornado hot sauce are quintessential Southwest comfort food.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, The Lark will donate $2 to Direct Relief, which provides medical and emergency support both locally and internationally.
★ Aroha Restaurant
Westlake Village
aroharestaurant.com

Horopito-Crusted New Zealand Venison, served with sweet potato, cherry compote, pistachio, and vanilla-parsnip puree.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, Aroha Restaurant will donate $2 to the Cancer Support Community.
★ Bella Vista Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore
Santa Barbara
fourseasons.com/santabarbara/dining/restaurants/bella_vista

Vegan Cauliflower “Risotto”, prepared with raw cauliflower rice, kabocha squash puree, roasted okra, crispy sunchokes, and coconut foam.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, Bella Vista Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore will donate $2 to the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara.
★ Convivo
Santa Barbara
convivorestaurant.com

Steph’s Santa Barbara Sea Urchin with Avocado Za’atar Toast

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, Convivo will donate $2 to North Bay Fire Relief.
★ Finch & Fork
Santa Barbara
finchandforkrestaurant.com

Burrata and Caramelized Pears with Toasted Walnut Pesto includes spiced walnuts, sliced grapes, speck ham, and grilled artisan sourdough.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, Finch & Fork will donate $2 to No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength.
★ Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen
Westlake Village
finneyscrafthouse.com

Pastrami Burger with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, and Finney’s House Spread on a German pretzel bun.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen will donate $2 to Support for the Kids.
★ Fish Gaucho California Mexican & Tequila Bar
Paso Robles
fishgaucho.com

Slow-Braised Carnitas Tacos Redux, assembled with succulent pork shoulder, caramelized onion jam, grilled pineapple and jalapeño, bacon, fresh cabbage, and radish.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, Fish Gaucho California Mexican & Tequila Bar will donate $2 to Almond Acres Charter Academy.
★ La Cosecha Modern Cocina
Ventura
lacosecharestaurant.com

Chicken Mole Tamales served with a fried egg, Mexican rice, guacamole and sour cream; and Chiles en Ogadas—roasted poblano peppers with pork picadillo, walnut cream sauce, pomegranate seeds, Mexican rice, and black beans.

For every order of each of these dishes sold through December 31, 2017 La Cosecha Modern Cocina will donate $2 to Food Share.
★ Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie
Agoura Hills
ladyfaceale.com

The Don Pedro, a lamb belly ciabatta sandwich with feta-and-mint spread, grilled onions, heirloom tomatoes, and a side of olive oil–tossed arugula and Parmesan shave.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie will donate $2 to Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy/Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority.
★ Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Westlake Village
fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/dining/restaurants/lobby_lounge_restaurant

Charred Octopus With Fresh Mint & Cilantro Salad, which combines dried chili–marinated octopus, roasted butternut squash, cipollini onions, and freshly picked greens from the hotel’s garden.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2017, Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village will donate $2 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley.
★ Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
Los Olivos
winemerchantcafe.com

Braised Short Ribs served with roasted onion, herb-garlic potatoes, pole beans, and red wine jus.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe will donate $2 to The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre.
★ Mesa Burger
Santa Barbara
mesaburger.com

Pizza Burger, layering into a brioche bun their custom-blend beef patty, marinara sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, fresh basil, and Parmesan crisp.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, Mesa Burger will donate $2 to Chefs for Humanity.
★ Mouthful Eatery
Thousand Oaks
mouthfuleatery.com

Pan-Roasted Stuffed Chicken comes with baby spinach, smoked mozzarella, and cranberries, served on a bed of Israeli couscous and finished with pomegranate molasses au jus.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, Mouthful Eatery will donate $2 to Bumblebee Foundation.
★ Olio Crudo Bar
Santa Barbara
oliocrudobar.com

Delicata Squash With Burrata made with oven-roasted squash, creamy burrata cheese, crumbled pistachio, and microgreens.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, Olio Crudo Bar will donate $2 to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s.
★ Outpost at the Goodland
Goleta
outpostsb.com

Crispy Cauliflower, the hearty, sharable starter consists of fried cauliflower served with caper aioli, charred lemon, chili, and garlic crunch.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, Outpost at the Goodland will donate $2 to No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength.
★ Q Sushi
Westlake Village
qsushi.com

Kyuri Salmon Roll, this popular salmon and avocado roll is wrapped in cucumber (kyuri) instead of rice.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, Q Sushi will donate $2 to Hope’s Haven, and adding to its appeal is Thousand Oaks–based insurance company PCH Benefits who will match Q Sushi’s donation.
★ Robin’s Restaurant
Cambria
robinsrestaurant.com

Butternut Squash and Black Kale Lasagna, prepared with portobello mushrooms, ricotta, white cheddar, and Parmesan cream sauce.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, Robin’s Restaurant will donate $2 to Family Care Network.
★ Rumfish Y Vino
Ventura
rumfishyvinoventura.com

Rumfish Hanger Steak, served with California mole, grilled yams, and pickled onions.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, Rumfish Y Vino will donate $2 to Food Share, Ventura County’s Food Banks.
★ Sabor Cocina Mexicana
Thousand Oaks
saborcocinamexicana.com

Chile Relleno de Pavo—roasted chile pasilla, turkey picadillo, crema, queso fresco, pumpkin seeds, and butternut squash sauce.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, Sabor Cocina Mexicana will donate $2 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley.
★ S.Y. Kitchen
Santa Ynez
sykitchen.com

Gnocchi al Ropeton, made with sheep ricotta gnocchi, a ragù of sausage, roasted house-cured guanciale, bell peppers, tomato sauce, curry, and mascarpone cheese.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, S.Y. Kitchen will donate $2 to People Helping People.
★ The Bear and Star
Los Olivos
thebearandstar.com

Slow-Braised Lamb Street Tacos is his version of a classic Mexican street taco, prepared with braised, spiced local lamb, fresh-pressed corn tortillas, and guajillo chile salsa.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, The Bear and Star will donate $2 to Direct Relief.
★ The Hitching Post II
Solvang
hitchingpost2.com

Grilled Artichoke is steamed then grilled, seasoned with the restaurant’s Magic Stuff, and served with spicy smoked tomato mayonnaise.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, The Hitching Post will donate $2 to Direct Relief.
★ The Landsby
Solvang
thelandsby.com/dine/mad-vin-at-the-landsby.htm

Mangalista Pork Roast, a bone-in Winfield Farm pork loin is presented with pan-roasted winter squash and sweet potato puree, sautéed greens, and quince glaze.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, The Landsby will donate $2 to People Helping People.
★ Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen
Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo
thomashillorganics.com

Surf and Turf—bone marrow with bacon marmalade, salt-crusted charred octopus, and romesco sauce.

For every order of this dish sold through December 31, Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen will donate $2 to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 

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