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Cassia and Mendocino Farms Collaborate on Feeding the Homeless

The sandwich will be sold from March 12 to 25, with all proceeds going to the homeless

Cassia’s and Mendocino Farms’ fundraiser sandwich
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Los Angeles restaurants have a long history of fundraising for causes, and now Mendocino Farms is teaming up with Cassia to fundraise for the homeless. From March 12 to 25, Mendocino is selling a specialty sandwich, with all proceeds going to The People Concern, an LA-based non-profit dedicated to helping those affected by homelessness, domestic violence victims, and the food insecure.

The sandwich is inspired by Cassia’s chickpea curry flatbread, with free-range chicken, scallion, lemongrass relish, fresh herb salad, and fontina cheese served on bread wrapped with a griddled layer of provolone outside of the bread. The sandwich comes with a side of chickpea coconut curry for dipping.

Cassia co-owners Kim Luu-Ng and chef Bryant Ng are in the habit of giving back, and started LA Chefs For Human Rights in 2016. The organization is a fundraising platform that helped refugees seek asylum in Los Angeles. This year, the efforts are focused solely on providing food and shelter for the homeless with The People Concern, which has five shelters throughout Los Angeles.

In recent months, LA restaurants have made some significant fundraising efforts. In January, a group of Southern California restaurants raised money for the imprisoned siblings in Perris. And after Hurricane Harvey, a large number of LA restaurants raised funds for the storm’s survivors. And last September, Rosebud Coffee opened a non-profit cafe in Pasadena designed to help homeless youth.


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