Lemonade and Love

| October 4, 2016 | Parties

Chefs from around the country supported childhood cancer research at an unforgettable, foodcentric bash.

THE EVENT Renowned chefs, foodies and philanthropists joined together at the 7th annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade to help raise $1,035,000 for childhood cancer research. Held at UCLA’s picturesque Royce Quad, the outdoor soiree was hosted by chefs Suzanne Goin (Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern), David Lentz (The Hungry Cat) and Caroline Styne (Lucques).

THE SCENE While small plates from chefs like Ari Rosenson and Michael Voltaggio were irresistible, the most enticing part of the day proved to be the spirited live auction—one which consistently raises as much as any glamorous black-tie affair. With prizes from a private dinner prepared by Nancy Silverton, April Bloomfield, Giada De Laurentiis, Sherry Yard and Goin to a spur-of-the-moment auction item from Jimmy Kimmel (a dinner party at his home), it was no surprise that the auction quickly garnered over $405,000. “My wife, Molly, and I, along with Chris Bianco, Adam Perry Lang, Ben Ford, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, would like to offer our home. We have built this big beautiful bar that is a perfect place for a dinner party,” exclaimed Kimmel.

THE HIGHLIGHTS The event is referred to by many, including Phil Rosenthal as “the greatest food event in the country.” Coming from a man who has turned traveling and eating around the world into a profession with his PBS and Netflix hit series I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, this speaks volumes. –Julie Wolfson; photos by Alex J. Berliner and Benjamin Shmikler



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