Farine + Four

Farine + Four

Some of the city’s most popular restaurants are banning together to raise money for an Omaha girl with spinal muscular atrophy.

The event, which is being spearheaded by Block 16, includes contributions from Au Courant, Dario's, Avoli, Spencer's, J. Coco, Kano, Chef Dan Watts of Pegler Sysco, Farine + Four, The Boiler Room, V. Mertz, Dante, Forno and Jon's Naturals, Yoshitomo, Smokin' Barrel and US Foods. The chefs will prepare food at the Aug. 11 event, which will also include drinks by Nite Owl and Mercury.

Presley Mae O’Doherty’s family is facing astronomical medical expenses as part of her treatment, according to the family’s GoFundMe page. Presley is 2 years old, and is Block 16 chef Paul Urban's cousin.

All the funds raised at the event will go to the family. SMA is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat or breathe. It is the number one genetic cause of death for infants.

The chefs plan to smoke meats, create sauces, make side dishes and serve two creative cocktails. The event will also include raffles, games, prizes, beer and nonalcoholic beverages. Tickets, available now, are $25 for adults and $15 for kids younger than 14. Diners will be assigned a time to eat — the event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — and are encouraged to be at the event at their designated time to avoid backups in service.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page, or the Event Brite tickets page: http://bit.ly/2YZ4sCv

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