Update: “Big Night” benefit a success, “Operation Chano” next

By Charla Mustard-Foote
Special to West Seattle Blog

More than 60 people braved a damp West Seattle fall evening to attend a benefit to help the family of Café Revo owner and Chef Sean “Chano” Goff – who died a month ago at age 43 – and to help maintain his dream of opening a great Italian restaurant in West Seattle.

At last night’s event at The Sanctuary at Admiral, Sean’s wife, Sofia Zadra Goff (left), and children, Forrest and Maya, mixed with the crowd of friends and family, and never stopped smiling (at least, publicly). The event was the celebration of a life and a dream — it gave people a taste of what drew Sean and Sofia to the town and food and culture of her family’s ancestral home, Revo, Italy.

The menu included a rich creamy Gnocchi (rumored to be a staple of the menu at Café Revo [a WSB sponsor]), Papperdelle (a tangy noodle dish), and topped off by an exquisite tiramisu, and generous amounts of an excellent Café Revo house red wine. The elegant and leisurely meal stretched over 2 hours. (Photos ahead!)

(photos courtesy JanS)
Table conversations of “How do you know…” and “What’s your favorite dish…” and “Remember the time….” were ongoing reminders of the importance of a local “classic” to the community of West Seattle.

The popular foodie and populist film, “Big Night,” was to be shown after the dinner — we were exhausted and sated and left while the room was being reconfigured for the film.

November 7th, the Westenders, a local scooter club also very important to Sean’s life, is holding another benefit dinner with a movie: “Operation Chano” at the Rainier Yacht Club.

Bob Brown, Beach Drive resident and a pillar of the Westenders, promises an evening of good food, an indie “classic” movie (Mondo Scooterama), and a locale not quite as elegant as the Sanctuary, but equally warm and friendly. (Here’s the Westenders’ official announcement of Operation Chano.)

Both benefits will raise money to help with the medical bills accumulated during Sean’s illness. Although the family is insured, the 20% deductible is a major expense for any one family, especially when they’re starting a new business. This community generosity will make it possible for the family to focus on what’s really important: keeping the dream of Café Revo (and, therefore, the dream of Chef “Chano” Goff) alive.

5 Replies to "Update: "Big Night" benefit a success, "Operation Chano" next"

  • cjboffoli October 15, 2009 (7:36 pm)

    Nice piece. I’m delighted to hear it was successful. Just curious though….what makes the film Big Night (an independent film about immigrants that did a total of $12 million domestic) populist?

  • charlabob October 15, 2009 (8:20 pm)

    Christopher, I probably should have dug deeper for the word; I’ve always minded that Big Night is considered “a story about foodies.” It’s equally imnho a story about immigrants and siblings and family rivalry — it could equally well have been the story of two mechanics who came to the United States and opened a garage. (Of course, that wouldn’t have given me the delights of an ongoing “risotto tour of the West Coast.”) I can only imagine what we’ll come home with after we see “Mondo Scooterama”. I’m glad you liked the piece. :-)

  • cjboffoli October 15, 2009 (11:00 pm)

    Yes Charla, careful word choice is essential. WSB readers can be an exacting, demanding audience. In fact, I was recently called out for describing the chaos of a shooting scene as, well, chaos. :-)

  • WSB October 15, 2009 (11:10 pm)

    Cue the Bee Gees to this point in the chorus:

  • Bob B. October 21, 2009 (11:45 pm)

    “Big Night” was a Big Night, without a doubt! The food was nothing less than astonishing, and everyone who was anyone in West Seattle was there! Please consider coming to our pasta feed on the 7th. “Mondo Scooterama” is a hilarious featurette whether you are a rider or not! We have a huge assortment of prizes to be raffled off, and several noted NW artists have pledged works as well. Given the value of these works, we are considering an auction as well, so please stand by!

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