L.A. LOVES Alex’s Lemonade, Celebrity Chefs & Culinary Delights


L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is a culinary event hosted by James Beard Foundation winners Executive chef Suzanne Goin & Caroline Styne (LucquesAOCTavern and David Lentz, (The Hungry Cat). Money raised from this event helps fund childhood cancer research, as well as emotional, financial and logistical support programs such as SuperSibs and Travel For Care for cancer families. img_1564 All chefs & vintners graciously donate their time, food & talent to the cause including Nancy Silverton  (L.A.) – Mozza Restaurant Group (above photo) along with chef Giada De Laurentiis (Las Vegas) – GIADA, Pronto, GDL Italian (below). Both talked to guests, posed for photos and handed their dish for the day. IMG_1613Marc Vetri (Philadelphia & Las Vegan) – Vetri Cucina made one of the most talked about dishes – a flavorful sweet onion crepe with white truffle fondue.img_1604Jonathan Waxman – Barbuto (NYC), Waxman’s (SF) cut fresh and sweet Harry’s Berries on top of his stracciatella with crunchy chopped hazelnuts and mint leaves for his dish of the day.img_1612Other fan favorite’s included Mark Rosati’s Shake Shack Patty Melt (Left photo) & Pink’s Hot Dogs offered vegan, beef and turkey hot dogs with creative toppings. 



There were over 50 vintners and the cocktail artistry of major mixologists, including Eric Alperin (The Varnish), Neal Bodenheimer (Cure) and Christiaan Röllich (Lucques), among others, who will craft signature drinks for attendees. 



Eva Ein (Santa Barbara) – McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams was inside her ice cream truck cooling down attendees with her all natural ice cream.

In addition to the chef talent in attendance, return supporters will include Laura Dern, Jimmy Kimmel,Nolan Gould, Joe Mantegna, Timothy Olyphant, Wilmer Valderrama and Kirsten Vangsness.IMG_1567Every year guests enjoy wearing Clover Chadwick flowers from Dandelion Ranch (Los Angeles) in their hair, on their hats or on their clothing.img_15701Jon & Vinny’s made a delicious and crunchy Caesar salad.img_1597The 9th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade family-fun afternoon event is $195 for adults. Children 12 and under receive complimentary admission with an accompanying adult. For information and tickets, visit bit.ly/2eHMShc.


Become a Master of Taste on April 3, 2016

Photo Courtesy of Master of Taste
(Photo Courtesy of Master of Taste)

I’ve been on the field of the historic Rose Bowl for a fundraising event and it is really cool. Especially if you are a UCLA Bruin and have sat in the stadium multiple times to watch a home football game. You get that certain thrill standing on the field imagining what the football players are feeling during the annual Rose Bowl game or a championship soccer game, or concert by an award winning musical group. It’s a bucket list experience

This Sunday, April 3 from 3 to 7 p.m., you too can feel the magic standing outdoor on the field with up to 2,000 influential food and beverage enthusiasts. Some of L.A.’s most notable chefs, sweet masters, juicers, brew masters, and mixologists will prepare fare, beverages and signature handcrafted cocktails.

Learn about wine from participating wineries that include Alexander Valley Vineyards from Healdsburg, Paso Robles’ Anglim Winery, the premium boutique winery Ascension Cellars and Ventura’s Four Brix Winery.

Sip a variety of pressed juices, and hand-roasted coffee, while listening to live entertainment.

Here is a spotlight on a few of the professionals scheduled to appear at Master of Taste. Come learn, enjoy new flavors and know that by participating you are helping a worthy cause.

(Executive Chef Matt Bata - photo courtesy of Master of Taste)
(Executive Chef Matt Bata – photo courtesy of Master of Taste)

Participating Masters of Taste professionals include Matt Bata, from Alexander’s Steakhouse – Located in Pasadena, this fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse with hints of Japanese influence laced into the menu.  Alexander’s Steakhouse features certified Angus Beef, corn-fed from the Mid-West. Their dry-aging room features 28-day dry-aged American and imported Wagyu beef. At Master of Taste, chef Bata is serving beef & foiestrami tartare on a buckwheat rye crepe along with their “notorious” Celery Cocktail this Sunday. Visit: alexanderssteakhouse.com:

Other chefs scheduled include:

Bernhard Mairinger of BierBeisl; Michael “Mick” Schepers of HACHÉ LA

YoyaTakahashi of Hamasaku; CarolosTomazos of Inotheke;

Sean Popcock of Made in Brooklyn; Kyle Schutte, of Wood & Vine

Neal Fraser of Redbird and Isaias Pena, of Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern.

Brewmasters include Alosta Brewing Co., Bootlegger’s Brewery, Iron Triangle Brewing, Indie Brewing Company and Golden Road Brewing.

(Photo courtesy of Master of Taste)
(Photo courtesy of Master of Taste)

NEKTER JUICE BAR will serve healthy juice to guests. The company started in 2010 creating healthy and affordable juice without processed sugars and artificial flavors. The first Nekter opened in Costa Mesa. nekterjuicebar.com

Proceeds from Masters of Taste benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a nonprofit organization based in Pasadena and committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Services include street outreach, meals, shelter, housing, case management and career development.

A VIP Power Hour runs from 3 to 4 p.m.; General admission is from 4 to 7 p.m.

VIP tickets are $225; $125 for general admission tickets. Guests must be 21 and over.

1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. www.MastersofTasteLA.com/Tickets.

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