Mountain View is gearing up for a unique charity pop-up party at the Cucina Venti restaurant. Hosted by two-year-old Ferrari and Lamborghini news website CAFE SpA, the event will be comprised of four parts: An exotic and luxury car show, a Rumiko McCarthy fashion show, an art and photography exhibit and a dance party to end the night.
Though the Bay Area-born organization hosts monthly gatherings, this event will be different, according to CAFE SpA photographer Tim Forbes.
"We had an idea a couple months ago: 'What can we do to bring in other people who are just not into cars and expose them to the car community?'" Forbes said. "People like fashion and people like to see art, so we're doing a combo."
In addition to an art exhibit and an international designer runway show, Motegi -- Italian makers of the Ferrari GT2 and GT3 racing wheels -- will be in attendance for a meet and greet. The event also promises Geisha hosts and a performance by jazz singer Mayumi Abe.
Forbes hopes the event will enable attendees to meet new people and network.
Tim Booth, a Tracy-based car enthusiast and owner of a red 1997 Dodge Viper GTS, said he attends nearly all the car shows he is invited to. Among other events, Booth frequently participates in Build-a-Viper events at Children's Hospital Oakland. One of his favorite parts about car shows is getting to expose children to the world of valuable high-performance sports cars -- also known as exotic cars.
"We try to take them under our wings," said Booth of younger car-show attendees. "We take the time out to make sure they get good memories."
Booth will be organizing a caravan of cars to the pop-up party. He adds that exotic and luxury car fans travel from as far away as Southern California for Bay Area car events.
"We enjoy the driving (to the event) more than anything else," Booth explained. "We usually have a good time and we pretty much take over the freeway."
Matt Forbes first attended a car event when his brother Tim introduced him to CAFE SpA's Cars and Coffee series. Matt, a cityscape photographer, will be exhibiting his photography at the pop-up party.
"My photography is a reflection of the types of things I've always enjoyed doing," he said. "I'm looking forward to going and being immersed in other forms of art and being able to show my own."
Matt added that the photography on display will showcase the objects and ideas that each photographer is personally passionate about.
General admission to the party is free. Super VIP and VIP tickets are available online and include early entry, private access to The Voya restaurant, a champagne reception and front row seating at the fashion show. All proceeds from the event will be donated to charities including Splash (a nonprofit invested in providing clean drinking water to children around the world) and Rumiko McCarthy's Global Gratitude Project, which focuses on providing support to homeless US military veterans.
Muna Sadek is an editorial intern at Palo Alto Weekly.
What: CAFE SpA pop-up party
Where: Cucina Venti, 1390 Pear Ave., Mountain View
When: Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m. to midnight
Cost: Free general admission; $35 VIP tickets; $300 Super VIP tickets
Info: Go to goo.gl/H2bC87.