Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Do well by eating well - attend these benefits

Two upcoming charity events will offer Los Angeles food aficionados the opportunity to try dishes from a variety of top chefs in the area while benefiting good causes. Helping the community by munching on food from Nobu, the Border Grill, Jar and Starry Kitchen? What a great idea.

Simply diVine
On Saturday, August 21, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Simply divine: A Summer SoirĂ©e for the Senses”, is an outdoor evening at the upscale Two Rodeo Drive, home of Tiffany & Co among other luxury retailers. Attendees will sample gourmet food, wine and spirits in the European style street.

Participating restaurants include Lucques, AOC, Ford’s Filling Station, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, The Border Grill, Umami Burger, and Jar among several others. Over a dozen wineries will also be participating in the benefit. Chef Susan Feniger, owner of Street, the Border Grill and Ciudad, is one of the co-chairs of the event.

Tickets to the event are $150 and $500 for VIP tickets which include admission to a VIP reception wine tasting at McCormick & Schmick’s in advance of the party. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Center. The event is from 8 – 10:30 pm, with the VIP tasting beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets and more information are available here.

Plate by Plate
On Saturday, August 14th, Project by Project will be hosting its 8th Annual Tasting Benefit, Plate by Plate, at the California Science Center. Each year Plate by Plate benefits an organization serving the Asian & Pacific Islander community and this year the beneficiary of the event is the Health Justice Network.

Approximately 25 local chefs including Thi and Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen, Eric Greenspan of the Foundry on Melrose, Laurent Quenioux of Bistro LQ and Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica will be participating in the event by making small dishes to taste.

In addition to the chefs, several wineries, spirits companies and other beverage purveyors will also be providing samples of their products to sip on. The event is from 7 – 10 pm, with a VIP reception from 6 – 7 pm. Tickets are $125, with VIP tickets at $200. Tickets and more information are available here.

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  1. For more in depth profiles on the restaurants and chefs participating at PLATE BY PLATE please visit: http://pbpla.privy.net/

    For example, for an interview of Nobu's Executive Chef click here: http://bit.ly/nobuchef