Two serious nonprofits benefited from a not-so-serious weekend of dining revelry at Fashion Island's new bistro, True Food Kitchen. On Friday evening, the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation was the recipient of proceeds from diners who had come in support of the cause. Sam Fox, president of Fox Restaurant Concepts, joined Andrew Wiel and Executive Chef Michael Stebner welcoming the cancer foundation guests. They included Lil Spitzer, executive director of Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, Marv and Jean Burton, George and Eden O'Connell, Pame Schmider, Inga Beder, Oday Shakar and Eileen Saul.
Then on Saturday night, True Food Kitchen hosted supporters of Oceana, the ocean preservation and conservation society, which will be holding its annual gala in Laguna Beach on Sept. 10 welcoming a contingent of Hollywood stars, including Jeff Bridges and Pierce Brosnan. The party at True Food Kitchen raised about $15,000 for Oceana thanks to the participation of Marsha Anderson, Nancy Christiano, James Fitzgerald, Robert Kollar, Ted and Kim Parker, Carmela Phillips, Gail Soderling, Chuck Van Cleave, Jeff and Amy Vieth and Valerie Whiting.