L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Raises Over $700,000 For Childhood Cancer Research

Alex’s Lemonade at Royce Quad

Food events come and go, but when the clout behind a particular function brings out some of the best chefs from inside and outside of Los Angeles, you’ll have a standout. Especially when the resulting total raised amounts to more than $700,00 towards childhood cancer research and patients’ lives and care.

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Nine Noteworthy Upcoming Los Angeles Food & Drink Events

Glimpses of Unmissable Upcoming Events

Let me take this first post in almost one month to deliver some pertinent upcoming event news. It’s now summer and thus, event season, here in sunny Southern California. Now that I’ve somewhat psychologically recovered from a huge picture-data dump from spilling a homemade cocktail all over my non-backed-up laptop, I’m finally ready to move into this crazy part of the year.

So here’s a rebirth of sorts; it’s an intentional start to the summer by tallying up the essential food events continuing into the fall (L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is in September). One focuses on cocktails. One focuses on tacos. One focuses on ribs. Three are on the same day; thus, yes – I do wish that these were spread out, more. But practically all of them feature world-class chefs. So without further adieu, here’s where you need to be this summer:

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The Cooking Stage at L.A. Times Festival of Books

Mark Peel

It wouldn’t be Spring in Los Angeles without the L.A. Times Festival of Books. And it certainly wouldn’t be a book festival without cookbooks. Held in Westwood Plaza behind the Wooden Center on the UCLA campus, the cooking stage will feature author-chefs in demonstrations throughout both days of the festival. Included in the schedule are Los Angeles contributors to the Top Chef Quickfire Cookbook like Betty Fraser (Grub) and Stefan Richter (L.A. Farm) as well as Mark Peel (Campanile) – who is actually a Top Chef Masters alumni but recently came out with a cookbook entitled, “New Classic Family Dinners.”

Peep below for the full cooking stage schedule:

Saturday, April 24

11 AM – Lisa Lillien, Hungry Girl 1-2-3
12:30 PM – Chris ‘CJ’ Jacobson, Stefan Richter, Betty Fraser & Antonia Lofaso, Top Chef Quickfire Cookbook
2 PM – Dave Martin, Flavor Quest
3:30 PM – Alicia Silverstone, The Kind Diet

Sunday, April 25

11 AM – Alice Waters, In the Green Kitchen
12:30 PM – Anne Byrn, The Cake Mix Doctor Returns
2 PM – Tricia Yearwood, Home Cooking with Tricia Yearwood
3:30 PM – Mark Peel, New Classic Family Dinners

Great way to get up close and in-the-flesh with your favorite chefs – or vegan actress-turned-chef, whichever you prefer. Either way, the Festival of Books is well worth a visit this weekend.

Cooking stage demos are free
Parking: $10


Cooking Stage at L.A. Times Festival of Books
Westwood Plaza
924 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA‎ 90024


Dining Out To End Cancer

diningoutReady to dine out for a good cause?

Buy a Dining Out to End Cancer card for $25 and for the month of November, get 20% off the entire check – excluding alcohol, tax and gratuity – at participating restaurants.

Proceeds from the sale of Dining Out to End Cancer cards will support highest priority cancer research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). Woohoo! My alma mater!  And what better way to support than to support cancer research?

Take a look at the participating restaurants for the full scoop:

Blvd 16 Restaurant and Lounge
BONDST Beverly Hills
Border Grill – Santa Monica
Carousel Restaurant
Catalina Restaurant
Chakra Cuisine – Beverly Hills
Chakra Cuisine – Irvine
Coupa Cafe – Beverly Hills
Il Grano Restaurant
La Fonda on Wilshire
La Poubelle Bistro & Bar
Literati Cafe
Literati 2
MINX Restaurant and Lounge
O Bar and Kitchen
Pastina Trattoria
POP Champagne and Dessert Bar
Sam’s by the Beach
Spark Woodfire Grill – Beverly Hills
Spark Woodfire Grill – Huntington Beach
Spark Woodfire Grill – Simi Valley
Spark Woodfire Grill – Studio City
Susan Feniger’s STREET
Taste on Melrose
Taste at the Palisades
The Yard
Vinoteque on Melrose
West Restaurant & Lounge

Woo Street! Woo Vinoteque! Woo BONDST! Get out there and save 20% in the name of cancer…

Cards are $25

Savings good for month of November

My Westside Story

I was at an engagement party over at The Parlor in Santa Monica a few weeks ago when I got “reacquainted with an acquaintance” from my UCLA days. We did the obligatory surfacey catch-up talk, which included where we lived now. He: West LA. Me: East of West LA. I told him my major cross-streets.

[tangent] I’m technically located in “Beverly Hills Adjacent” even though I leave that out for fear of sounding like not only a complete tool, but a wannabe tool. When you say you live in “Beverly Hills” it invokes a sort of – intended or not – solicitation of awe from the listener. It’s somewhat of a lose-lose situation, because you don’t mean anything by it. It’s just factual geography, yet chock full of Tori Spelling-esque cheese. Since I actually work in 90211 and use my workplace to receive packages, more than a few times while placing orders on the phone I would get the “Ooh, it’s almost 90210” comment.

My apartment? Like so many others, my address says Los Angeles. It’s a huge city and even larger county – even the largest one in the country. Yes, Beverly Hills Adjacent suffices in making it more specific but you know what? Not only do I not want to say I live in Beverly Hills, I especially don’t want to mention that I live in Beverly Hills Adjacent. Just the mere specification that I live not in Beverly Hills but across the street from it reeks of “wannabe elitism.” And so, I stick to the cross-streets. [/tangent]

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