|Dipenta (right) and Anaheim White House owner Bruno Serato at last year's event, which raised more than $17,000.
Former Ducks defenseman Joe DiPenta will be joined by current Ducks winger Bobby Ryan at the second annual Joe DiPenta Lasagna Dinner & Fundraiser on June 4 at the Anaheim White House restaurant.
The event, which runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will be held in the al fresco setting of the acclaimed restaurant's front lawn area, with Joe and his wife Jessica prearing a family recipe of Dipenta lasagna. Price is $55 per person with proceeds to benefit Caterina’s Club, a subdivision of the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim.
Caterina's Club was founded by the Anaheim White House's owner Bruno Serato, who has been friends with DiPenta for several years. Each night, 100 hot meals are prepared at the restaurant, picked up by a van purchased by Serato and distributed to the area’s “Motel Kids,” youngsters of Orange County’s working poor who reside in low-cost motels. The program was named in honor of Serato’s mother, Caterina Lunardi. Thanks to this program, thousands of the region’s most impoverished youngsters do not go to bed hungry at night.
Last year's inaugural event raised more than $17,000 for the cause. "It was a big success," DiPenta said. "We couldn't have asked for a better turnout from the fans and the people that wanted to support the event."
Last year Serato described DiPenta's lasagna as "second to none. Probably the most tantalizing Old World version of the classic dish that I've ever tasted."
Advance payment for this year's event is required due to limited quantities. Call the Anaheim White House for reservations at (714) 772-1381. Open seating is available and dress is casual.
About the Anaheim White House
Under the charismatic leadership of Serato, the Anaheim White House has earned a stellar reputation as one of Orange County’s finest restaurants. Renowned for its dramatic and artfully crafted cuisine, the 300+ seat fine dining establishment has counted celebrities, dignitaries, world leaders and regional culinary aficionados alike as loyal patrons for nearly 20 years. Situated in a historic mansion dating to 1909, the restaurant offers a quixotic menu of Northern Italian/French fare, extensive wine list, unparalleled service and an elegant setting to create a dining experience that is timeless, remarkable and without equal. As a result, the restaurant has received such coveted distinctions as the “International Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and top rankings in the Zagat Dining Guide.
With its close proximity to Disneyland, the elegant dining establishment has become a favorite destination for tourists, locals and dignitaries visiting the park. Among the luminaries from the worlds of entertainment, sports and politics are Madonna, Sidney Portier, Andrea Bocelli, Gwen Stefani, Wolfgang Puck, Derek Jeter, Oscar de la Hoya, President Jimmy Carter, President George W. Bush and the Crown Prince of Belgium.