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Mt. Washington Progressive Dinner tickets SOLD OUT!


Both tour times for the 2015 Progressive Dinner have been SOLD OUT.  If you want to participate in next year’s Progressive Dinner please sign up for the eHowl by CLICKING HERE.

Dinner Details:

Our 2015 theme is “Farm to Table to School” celebrating local farms, local homes, and supporting our local school.

What’s that sound?  It’s the joyful sound of Mt. Washington Elementary students playing on the schoolyard as heard through the window of Mr. and Mrs. White’s home.  This 1965 home in Mt. Washington West is our main course house on the Progressive Dinner 2015 Tour.  Built on a coveted flat lot as part of mid-century developer Ray Watt’s visionary “island in the sky” community, the house was completely remodeled when current owners and Mt. Washington parents Kia Findrilakis and Tony White moved in; hardwood floors, stone hearth on the fireplace, lovely hillside landscaping to further showcase the pool.  Yes, I said pool.  Heavy sigh.
And let’s not forget about the jazz…  The Tony White Project features pianist Gary Fukushuma, percussionist Will Logan, bassist Bladimir Castro and of course the soulful tones of Eastman Saxophone artist, Tony White.  Influenced by musical greats John Coltrane, Ernie Watts and Michael Brecker the Tony White Project will by playing a mix of traditional and modern music, all rooted in jazz.
Who wouldn’t want to live in their very own “island in the sky”?  That’s what builder-developer Ray Watt thought when he designed the housing tract known as Mount Washington West and built homes for “232 fortunate families.”  Come step inside the 1965 home of our very own PTA President, Nicole Thomas and take a step back to a time when Madison Avenue was out to woo the savvy housewife with the newest accoutrements for modern living.  The original Thermador Range, High Fidelity Intercom, and wet bar are still groovy and cherished by the homeowners.  Nicole and Roy’s homey house is filled with art and treasures and it’s breezy, award-winning design brings the outdoors in, celebrating the best of mid-century Southern California living.  Enjoy a canape and raise a glass at this first stop on our Progressive Dinner Tour.

One of the stops on this year’s tour is a visit to the Minster Residence. Take a step back to a more genteel time when you cap off your lively evening of Progressive Dinner fun with sweets, appertifs and coffee at the breathtaking Minster Residence.  This beautiful Sea View Lane Craftsman built in 1911 with expansive views of Occidental College and the Verdugo Hills has a storied past.  It was one of the first homes built on the hill and the first owners used it as a sanitarium but in 1920, Joseph Minster who called himself “the Mayor of Mt. Washington” purchased the place and lived in it for 50 years hence the moniker, “Minster Residence.”  Adopted as an architecturally significant monument by the City of Los Angeles in 1994, this house stands out at a gem in our Mt. Washington neighborhood and a perfect locale to end a wonderful evening of frivolity with friends.

Lines and angles aren’t just part of 3rd grade Common Core math, they’re also an important part of the second house on our Progressive Dinner Tour.  Built in 1998 as part of The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Focus Exhibition Series, the house was conceived of, designed and built by Jorge Pardo.  A longtime artist whose body of work includes sculptures of everyday home furnishings, Jorge Pardo received international acclaim for his ability to blur the lines between the disciplines of sculpture, art, architecture and design.  The house does just that.  Come have a second course nosh and listen to Silverlake Wine’s own George Cossette tell us about the delicious wines he has selected for the evening for your drinking pleasure.

Contact PTA Board Member Nancy De Leon Meeker at 323.404.0410 or with any questions.

Need child care for Progressive Dinner night?

Carlin G. Recreation Center is offering “Kid’s Night Out” for our attendees from 4:00-10:30pm at $14 per child.
Contact Sherri Jacobson @ 323.225.4960 if you have any questions or to pay and reserve your spot online go to

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A BIG thank you to our sponsors! 

Progressive Dinner would not be possible if it was not for the generous support of our sponsors. We are extremely grateful for their support!  Please join us in thanking the following organizations (click the logo to learn more about each sponsor):

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For questions contact PTA Board Member Nancy De Leon Meeker at