Report: Make-a-Wish Foundation Holds White Truffle Fundraiser at La Fiorentina Tuscan Grill

Chris Greicius, age 7 in 1980, dreamed of being a police officer

The Lombardi family’s La Fiorentina Tuscan Grill was packed earlier this week when the restaurant and Park Place Dealerships hosted a white truffle dinner and auction. The proceeds were donated to the Make-a-Wish-Foundation, the entity that makes it possible for children with life-threatening illnesses to pursue their dreams. The first recipient, Chris Greicius, who was age 7  in 1980, dreamed of being a police officer. The  foundation made it possible for him. Another wished to be a zookeeper. Another wished to be a Blue Angel. The foundation found ways to make all of these possible.

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The average wish costs more than $7,000 to fulfill. At the dinner, an auction winner paid $3,500 for four luxury dinners for four over the next year accompanied by a free luxury car from Park Place for each evening and hotel accommodations at luxury hotels including the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. The Lombardi family donated $4,000 and individual diners pledged other amounts. I don’t have a final total on how much was raised for the Foundation yet, but the total will be released in the next few weeks.

Beef Carpaccio Topped with Mixed fall Vegetables and Fresh Alba White Truffle

Diners enjoyed a five-course menu featuring Italian white truffles with each course prior to dessert. At one time, the rare fungus commanded a per-ounce price higher than gold. Gold has done rather well recently so that relationship no longer holds, However $280/ounce is about the current market.

Classic Pasta with Truffles.