This Saturday, June 1, chef Vartan Abgaryan will help host a mixer at Cliff's Edge to benefit Micheltorena Street School in Silver Lake.

“The restaurant has been open for nine years in Silver Lake. For me, it's really important to be a part of the community. The school is right down the street from us. When I was approached to be a part of it, my first response was yes,” says Abgaryan.

“We'll be doing a late lunch around 2 p.m. on Saturday. It will be a range of light appetizers just for the community to get together and meet each other.”

Each ticket will cover unlimited hor d'oeuvres. The appetizers include charcuterie and cheese platters; marinated beets with goat cheese on rye crisps; kale salad with sweet garlic vinaigrette, pickled raisins, and almonds; potato and goat cheese fritters; steak tartare with fennel salsa verde; and fava bean hummus with romesco, sweet garlic and a side of wafers.

“A small portion of the ticket [sales] will cover our food cost. Nothing will go towards labor,” he says.

A ticket can be purchased online or at the door for $35. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards building the school's computer lab; all proceeds from purchases of beer and wine by the glass will benefit the school.

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