L.A. LOVES ALEX'S LEMONADE - Saturday, September 24, Noon-4pm
Decadent and delicious, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, now in its fourth year, brings superstar chefs and mixologists from around the globe to Los Angeles to lend their support to ALSF and the fight against childhood cancer.
Each chef and mixologist prepares a signature dish for guests to sample. Guests have the opportunity to stroll the lawn of the historic Culver Studios Mansion, tasting incredible fare and meeting and even chatting with the chefs who prepared it. L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, AOC, Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat). The event has raised more than $1 million to fund childhood cancer research.
The leisurely, fun afternoon of sampling food and drink is interspersed with inspiring childhood cancer hero stories, updates on the Foundation’s quest to find a cure and a silent and live auction of spectacular items, including James Beard Award-wining chefs offering to work their magic in the bidders’ kitchens.
General admission tickets: $175/each. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
2nd Annual DELISH Event - Sunday, September 29th, 5-8pm
Featuring up to 50 diverse food stations, DELISH goes beyond a typical tasting by engaging attendees to experience what makes food so captivating and entertaining. We are all endlessly fascinated by what food is, how it is prepared, and how it makes us feel. Food is more than a meal.
With DELISH, we will show how a great food dish is more than the sum of its ingredients. It’s about the food experience! At DELISH culinary experts and mixologists will guide attendees on a foodie’s dream adventure in which attendees are able to partake in their choice of diverse food & beverage experiences. DELISH is proudly produced by and benefits Project Angel Food, one of Los Angeles’ most beloved non-profit organizations.
Siren Studios "The Cube," 6069 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood. Adult tickets: $100 per person. For more information: Click here.
"You've never had good Champagne." That was response I gave to someone who told me they didn't like Champagne. Because there's a big difference between low end sparkling wine and decent sparkling wine and Champagne. Sure enough, once he had a glass of lovely Nicholas Feuillatte bubbly he changed his mind.
Typically I can find good Champagne and sparkling wines in the $30 - 50 range, retail. But this is not about good sparkling wines or Champagne, this is about outstanding Champagne, namely Krug.
At a recent tasting and lunch hosted by Krug, I got a chance to try various offerings including their non-vintage Grand Cuvee and their lovely Rosé, but there was one Champagne that really stood apart from the rest and that was the Krug Collection 1989. It has haunted me ever since. If you read reviews of this Champagne here are some of the flavors that are used to describe it:
cardamom, tea rose, freshly ground coffee, honeycomb, kumquat, oyster shell, dried apricot, chalk, truffle, brioche, spice, tropical fruit, honey, white fruits, slightly browned apples, high-toned flowers, yeast, nuttiness, pear, green apple, citrus fruit marmalade, fresh figs, mineral
We can't believe it's June already. With vacation on our minds, we asked our contributors to tell us what their favorite books are to help while away the hazy days of summer.
Dear Girls Above Me by Charlie McDowell is a must-read. An endearing, if a little creepy, story about a twenty something trying to get his shit together, and finding unexpected inspiration along the way. This book will make you laugh so hard you'll cry. Plus if he sells enough copies, maybe Charlie will finally get his trip to Disneyland.
- Maia Harari
My favorite books for summer. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. Wolitzer’s book follows the lives of six characters over a forty year span, capturing the intimacy of relationships, friendship and love with all its loyalty and envy, as well as the larger political and social world the characters inhabit. Atkinson’s Life After Life is as if you crossed John Le Carre with War and Peace and then filtered it through a female sensibility, and added an extra dose of originality. - Delia Ephron
A Hundred Summers, by Beatriz Williams - This is a perfect beach read for Downton Abbey addicts! It's set amongst the New York socialites in Rhode Island in 1938. The heroine, Lily Dane, is expecting her usual idyllic summer...when trouble blows in: her former fiancé and her former best friend, now married. A lot of wild emotion, fantastic historical details and the famous hurricane of 1938 that reshaped the shoreline… I couldn't stop reading.
- Eloisa James
We're definitely seeing a trend here...looks like we found the two hottest books of the summer. - The Editors
- Diane Sokolow
My favorite recent read was The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for a very good reason. - Allison Thomas
We went for a cocktail-hour potluck last week at Paule and Flavia’s place. They’re both architects and they live in a house of their own design in the medieval village of Poreta.
We had been to visit them once before and I pretty much sort of knew where it was. It was up this steep little street, I remembered. Well, it’s not a street; it’s more like steps that you walk up but cars use it, too. It’s a medieval thing. I have driven up a number of stairways in my time, in quaint European villages, but never intentionally.
So, we parked at the bottom and trudged up the steps in the direction of the twelfth century castle that crowns the hill. I figured I’d recognize Paule and Flavia’s place when I saw it. By the time we got to the top of the hill, I thought I had seen three possible candidates but no clear winner.
We walked back down the steps, which was a lot easier than going up but Jill was tiring of carrying the bowl of hummus and the plate of raw vegetables that we were adding to the lucky pot. I carried the wine, which is a husbandly duty.
My brother is at odds with Thomas Wolfe. He is living proof that you can go home again. Oklahoma City is just that kind of place. I can’t really describe what makes my hometown so special to people who have never passed through the capital of the panhandle state. Perhaps the folks best suited to explain the city’s certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ are its chefs. Chefs like my brother, Jonathon Stranger, Mark Dunham, Josh Valentine, Chris Becker, Kurt Fleischfresser, Russ Johnson, and the father of Mission Chinese, Danny Bowien.
Like many members of this crew, my brother left Oklahoma City at eighteen and explored various parts of the globe through a cook’s lens. At age 27, armed with folders full of harrowing but valuable tales from the restaurant world and some culinary tools in his belt, he returned and thought about how he could make his mark on the city’s landscape without turning a blind eye to his roots. And so Ludivine was born, a farm to table restaurant set in Midtown, a newly revitalized area of the city, where Oklahomans could taste dishes inspired by and using fresh, local ingredients, like bison (the tenderloin is my personal favorite).
But what I think makes Oklahoma City’s chefs so unique is not just that they are simply introducing new approaches to food and what it means to dine out to its customers, but that they are working together, side by side, to foster a sense of community in this collective venture. They love food as much as they love the people they serve, the people they grew up with, the people of OKC.
Which is why when the devastating tornado touched ground in Moore on May 21st, leveling entire city blocks and taking 24 lives, including 9 children, it was only natural that this eclectic group would find a way to bring people together and raise money for the victims in a setting that would celebrate who we are as proud, resilient Oklahomans.
by Chef Mark Shoup
by David Latt