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It would’ve taken a superhuman appetite to try everything at the third-annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, which packed nearly 40 chefs and even more bartenders, brewers and vintners onto the lawn of historic Culver Studios. But that didn’t stop some 1,200 attendees from trying. Between ticket sales and some luxurious auction items, over $500,000 was raised for childhood cancer research—L.A. Loves Alex’s is by far the city’s best culinary event with a conscience.
PHOTO by JENNIFER BASTIAN
Donald Link (Herbsaint and Cochon) brought with him the flavors of Louisiana: a cool black-eyed pea salad, a knob of excellent Cajun sausage and a hunk of boudin turgid with rice and pork. Whereas many of the day’s plates seemed only like festival-sized bites, Link’s felt like a fully formed dish, a complete Cajun meal downsized only to accommodate the bacchanal. Continue reading
L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, the city’s finest food festival with a cause, is back September 29th from Noon to 4 p.m. at Culver Studios in Culver City. Hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin (Lucques, AOC, Tavern), business partner Caroline Styne and Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), the third-annual event will once again benefit pediatric cancer research. This year’s roster of chefs, mixologists and vintners continues to impress, pulling big names not just from Los Angeles (Michael Cimarusti of Providence, Nancy Silverton of Mozza, Eric Alperin of The Varnish), but also New York (April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig), Chicago (Paul Kahan of Blackbird, avec and others) and beyond. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka will serve as honorary co-hosts and Jimmy Kimmel will serve as emcee. Noted Jitlada fan Aziz Ansari will be present, as will his Parks & Recreation co-stars Adam Scott and Jim O’Heir. Keep your eyes peeled for stars from The Office, Girls and Criminal Minds as well.
Tickets are $175 ($100 of which is tax deductible), inclusive of all food and drink. Find more info here.
As a current Times contributor and lover of most things historical, I strongly suggest going to this talk:
Betsy Balsley, Donna Deane, Rose Dosti and Barbara Hansen:
The L.A. Times Food Section Gals
The Heyday of the Food Section at the Los Angeles Times
Saturday, April 10th, 10:30 am at the Los Angeles Public Library
Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Branch
630 W. 5th St.
Free and open to the public
With over 100 work years of combined experience, the team of Betsy Balsley, Donna Deane, Rose Dosti and Barbara Hansen produced the Los Angeles Times Food section in its heyday beginning in the late sixties, into the 1980’s. During this era the food section had 40 to 50 pages every week, with popular columns such as Culinary SOS and Borderlines and dozens of original recipes. Recipes were prepared for publication in a magnificent test kitchen. The LA Times Food Gals will reminisce about this extraordinary era of food journalism, the resources they had to produce a great food section.
For more info, visit the Culinary Historians of Southern California website.
A couple of L.A. favorites (and neighbors) are teaming up for a five-course, cheese-centric dinner on April 20. The partnership between Evan Funke and Zoe Nathan of Rustic Canyon (and Huckleberry Cafe) and Andrew Steiner of Andrew’s Cheese Shop is the driving force behind the lactose-laden meal, in which Funke and Nathan will be utilizing Steiner’s cheeses for everything from goat cheese ravioli to a brown sugar creme fraiche trifle. The dinner is $65 per person. For reservations, call 310.393.7050. Find the full menu here.
Late notice, but just in case:
The Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Guild’s Food Fare docks at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on March 12 for some annual culinary fundraising. The event began back in 1979 with a cooking demonstration from Julia Child and it’s packing out this year’s roster with participants like A.O.C., Ortolon, Anisette Brasserie, XIV, Pink’s and Clementine. Suzanne Goin of Lucques and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal will also be on hand signing cookbooks. Tickets start at $125 for the afternoon session and climb up to $175 for the evening. Visit pplafoodfare.com for details.
Per my bite in LA CityBeat:
PHOTO by Here in Van Nuys
Mere months after Philippe’s blew out the candles on its centennial celebration, rival French dippery Cole’s is set to reopen downtown for its own hundred-year anniversary. Eater LA and the L.A. Times reported on the details, with perhaps the most noticeable (and upscale) fact being that Neal Fraser (of Grace fame) is being brought in to consult. Of extra edible importance, though, is that the restaurant will be throwing reopening party on December 6 (tomorrow!) featuring “100-cent sandwiches.” Drop by 118 E. Sixth Street for a slice of pie, too.