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Due to the generosity of our friend Douglas Katz, we will be able to match each contribution made to HFLA of Northeast Ohio dollar for dollar, up to $1,500.

This matching initiative equals two interest-free emergency loans to a Northeast Ohioan in need.

Donate today.

With the cancellation of Party 116 and the health considerations surrounding COVID-19, this year, we invite you to enjoy dinner from the comfort of your home.

Local chefs, Douglas Katz, Jeremy Umansky, Rising Star’s Brandon Riggs, will partner with current HFLA small business borrowers Micah Specialty Foods, and Cleveland Cookie Dough and show you how to prepare a gourmet three-course meal virtually! RSVP ahead of time to receive the recipes in advance. You can follow along, or sit back and enjoy the show!

Throughout the evening, we will hear stories from our borrowers, board members, and staff. You won’t want to miss this fun, engaging, and heartwarming occasion. Dinner with HFLA allows us all a time to connect and give thanks to our supporters and loan recipients that make HFLA what it is today.

Thank you to our event sponsor, Jay Auto Group! 

Dinner with HFLA is a donation-based event. We encourage you to donate what you can, or what you would have paid for your annual gala attendance at $180 per ticket. Since there is no need to pay for a new ensemble, dry cleaning, a babysitter or transportation, and your ticket price is now 100% tax deductible.

While our gala has been canceled, the need for interest-free loans for Northeast Ohioans during these difficult times remains. Your donations will go towards supporting HFLA’s ability to disburse emergency loans to Northeast Ohioans who have experienced extreme forms of disruption of their everyday lives due to COVID-19 and racial inequity.

Our Menu


with Jeremy Umansky
Creamed Watermelon & Green Tomato and Watermelon Rind

Two seasonal favorites from Larder: A Curated Delicatessen & Bakery

Main Course

with Douglas Katz
Micah’s Supreme Sauce© Marinated and Braised Beef Tacos

A recipe made special for this event featuring HFLA business loan recipient Micah’s Specialty Foods.


with Brandon Riggs
Peanut Butter & Coffee Shake Shot

Featuring ingredients from Rising Star Coffee and HFLA business loan recipient Cleveland Cookie Dough Company.

Meet our chefs!

Native Clevelander, Jeremy Umansky, is a star in the Cleveland food scene. Jeremy is a chef/owner of Larder: A Curated Delicatessen & Bakery in Cleveland, Ohio, nominated by the James Beard Foundation as the Best New Restaurant in America in 2019 and as Best Chef Great Lakes in 2020. He has been featured in numerous publications like Bon Appetit and Saveur and was named “The Deli Prophet” by Food & Wine in the March 2019 Makers Issue. Experiment with new tastes and techniques and RSVP now for Dinner with HFLA!

Douglas Katz is a celebrated Cleveland culinary expert. Among his many culinary honors and awards are the prestigious James Beard Foundation nomination for best Chef of the Great Lakes Region and serving as the exclusive caterer for the Cleveland Cavaliers team and management to name just a few. Chef Katz is an international advocate for a sustainable food system that is both healthful and local. You will recognize his many Cleveland based restaurants projects including; Moxie, the Restaurant, Fire Food and Drink, Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Fire Spice Company, Chutney B., Zhug, and his new restaurant Chimi. Come learn from the best as you Dine with HFLA. RSVP for the event and purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift certificate to Douglas’ restaurant Zhug.

Brandon Riggs is one of the owners of Rising Star Coffee in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has spent the past 21 years in specialty coffee as a coffee roaster and buyer, and now leads the coffee purchasing team with Rising Star Coffee.  Bringing quality coffees to the general public is the biggest thing he loves to do, and incorporating coffee into different food and beverages is something he finds exciting. Have dessert with one of Cleveland’s favorite coffee stops! RSVP for the event and purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win coffee and gift cards from Rising Star Coffee Roasters.