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2/13 Butte County Camp Fire Relief Dinner

Our friends Jen Cramer and Richard Clark of The Boot and Shoe Service have been hosting an amazing series of private dinners to raise funds that provide relief for victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County.  So far they have raised $6,000 and are working towards the goal of $12,000 more!

Nokni has been providing logistical planning and support for the series, and now we have the opportunity to participate in cooking for one of the dinners on 2/13.
Our menu will feature braised short ribs, a fun array of aged kimchis and seasonal banchan tied together with a perfectly cooked pot of rice, and more!  It will span four courses that are paired with fantastic wines from Bedrock Wine Co.

There are 12 seats available for $250 per ticket, where you'll be served by us as we cook right in front of you in the Boot's beautiful private kitchen.

100% of the proceeds will go to the Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund, which supports evacuation centers that opened their doors and pantries to people who lost their homes, and will transition the funds into long-term recovery efforts as soon as the immediate needs are met.

Our neighbors in Paradise and the surrounding areas still have an incredible amount of work to do, and we're so glad to contribute this small part.

See you soon.



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Nokni is a project of Korean roots sprouting from the fertile ground of Northern California.  Steve and Julya are preparing meals that are centered around ssam- It means "wrapped", and is one particular and especially pleasurable way of eating Korean food.  

Julya's connection to Korean culture is primarily through her great aunt's food that she remembers eating and helping to prepare as young girl. After being at the helm of Pizzaiolo and Penrose in Oakland for the past nine years, she is now channeling her deep connection to Korean food with passion and a formidable set of culinary and operational skills.

Steve's first food love is sweet and tangy American bbQ.  It was probably that memorable impact that spawned a lifetime of enthusiastic eating and an eventual career as a cook and a chef.  After being the chef de cuisine of Michelin-starred Terra Restaurant and traveling through the South Korean Peninsula for one year to learn about authentic Korean flavors, He is excited to participate in the ever-growing conversation about korean food.

Together, Julya and Steve are popping up in Oakland as they prepare for their restaurant, Nokni.