CBF thanks the community for coming together to help make the evening a huge success and supporting child burn survivors.
On Sunday, October 15, 2023, Children's Burn Foundation (CBF) held its inaugural Taste of Hope Food & Wine event at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Over 300 people gathered to raise funds to help give young burn survivors a second chance at life. This year, over 163,000 people received services from Children's Burn Foundation. Over the past 28 years, CBF’s education and prevention programs have reached more than two million children.
The evening featured over 20 incredible food and beverage vendors. Chefs and restaurant personnel spent the night not only prepping and serving, but also detailing the process of creating their specialty dishes and beverages. Event Chairs Carol Mancino, Lynda Fadel and Adriana Balaban spoke about the vital work of Children’s Burn Foundation. They presented the first-ever Taste of Hope award to the evening honoree, Norbert Wabnig of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.
Wabnig purchased the store in 1978 and transformed the shop into the beloved culinary haven that it is today. Finally, Children's Burn Foundation Program Participant, and musician, Morena Rosado shared her inspiring story of how CBF helped her thrive after her burn injury, touching the hearts of everyone in attendance.
The night also featured music, a live and silent auction and a wine-pull auction. Beverly Hills Fire Department Chief Gregory Barton and Deputy Chief Alfred Poirier, as well as many members of the LAFD, were in attendance. CBF thanks the community for coming together to help make the evening a huge success and supporting child burn survivors.
Photos from our 2023 Taste of Hope Event at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Videos from our 2023 Taste of Hope Event at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Taste of Hope Honoree and Cooking Tip
Taste of Hope Restaurants
Taste of Hope Honoree
Norbert Wabnig purchased The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills in 1978 and transformed the shop into the beloved culinary haven that it is today. Wabnig travels the world in search of cheeses and handmade specialty food for the store that serves Beverly Hills and neighboring communities. He is a member of the American Cheese Society and often assists top culinary schools - including The Cordon Bleu Program at the California School of Culinary Arts and The New School of Cooking - with cheese courses. In 2004, Wabnig founded the American Artisanal Treasure Awards for Best Cheese, Best Olive Oil and Best Condiment.
Children's Burn Foundation
provides child burn survivors and their families with comprehensive healing, from life-transforming surgeries to psychological support until the child is 18 years old, while educating communities on how to prevent and treat burns.