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Mozza Is Hosting Your Dream Dinner Party, To Benefit Homeboy Industries

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Phil Rosenthal—Everybody Loves Raymond creator, restaurant investorand recent star of PBS's James Beard award winning show I'll Have What Phil's Having—is about to make all your L.A. food world dreams come true.

Rosenthal is teaming up with preeminent chef Nancy Silverton for the first ever "I'll Have What Phil's Having—With Phil" evening: an intimate dinner party held at Osteria Mozza to benefit Homeboy Industries. Lucky fans will join Silverton and Rosenthal for something akin to a live-action version of the show, with the duo sharing commentary and stories as the plates are passed. The only catch? It won't be cheap. Tickets to the private dinner are going for $500, with all proceeds benefiting Homeboy Industries.

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Phil Rosenthal and Herb Fingerhut in the kitchen at the Homeboy Industries bakery. (Photo courtesy of PBS)
Rosenthal previously featured Homeboy Industries on the Los Angeles episode of I'll Have What Phil's Having, paying an on-camera visit to their downtown bakery. If you aren't familiar with Homeboy and the incredible work they do, we strongly urge you to rectify that, and stat. Started by Father Gregory Boyle nearly three decades ago in Boyle Heights, Homeboy Industries has grown into one of the leading gang rehabilitation and reentry programs in the world. Boyle has long believed that "nothing stops a bullet like a job," and job training is a core part of their work, with a variety of social enterprise programs currently running in the city. Including, of course, their eponymous bakery."We are honored to have had Phil feature Homeboy Bakery on his show. Phil has been an incredible advocate of the important role food has played in shaping the city of Los Angeles, it's a belief that we share strongly at Homeboy," Father Greg Boyle told LAist. "We are excited about the upcoming dinner and are grateful to Phil and [his wife] Monica for their ongoing support of Homeboy Industries and our work helping those stuck in the cycle of gang violence find the strength and skills to transform their lives."

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The dinner will take place at 7 PM on June 30 at Osteria Mozza. Tickets are available for $500 here. Anyone wanna buy us one?