Returning for its highly-anticipated ninth year, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, hosted by James Beard Foundation award-winners Chef Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne (The Lucques Group) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), is set for Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 12:30 – 4:30 pm on UCLA’s Royce Quad. Goin, Styne and Lentz have again enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary-superstar friends around the country who will donate their time and services to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and its mission to find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer. The Presenting Sponsors for the cookout are Northwestern Mutual and Volvo Cars of North America.
Featuring fabulous food, wine and cocktails prepared by the nation’s best chefs, winemakers and mixologists, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is an afternoon of fantastic fare, cocktails for a cause, children’s activities, extravagant silent and exhilarating live auctions, and much more. The 2018 event is guaranteed to surpass the aspirations of previous years with returning chefs Chris Bianco, April Bloomfield, Evan Funke, Giada De Laurentiis, Adam Perry Lang, Donald Link, Nancy Oakes, Nancy Silverton, Steve Samson, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, Rocco Whalen and Marc Vetri coming together to cook for childhood cancer cures (for a current list, see page 3). More chefs will be announced in the coming months, as well as leading vintners and mixologists from across the country.
Pricing for General Admission tickets is $195, and L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade offers a $1,200 premier ticket level that includes early access to the event and VIP seating as well as an exclusive invite to the private and intimate Welcome Dinner the evening before, on Friday, September 7. The culinary cookout is family-friendly; children under the age of 12 are free with accompanying adult and do not need to register for the event.
For complete listings of participants and to purchase tickets for this year’s event visit the ALSF website. All proceeds will benefit the Foundation.
L.A. supporters enthusiastically responded with huge turnouts in the first eight years, sampling signature dishes of world renowned chefs and reaching over $5.8 million in sponsorship, ticket and auction sales to date. In addition to the generous backing of the community, prominent personalities from the entertainment industry – long time attendees Jimmy Kimmel, Laura Dern, Joe Mantegna, Timothy Olyphant, Kirsten Vangsness and others – have become champions of the cause.
More than 2,000 people, including more than 100 chefs, mixologists and vintners, attended the 2017 event, which raised over $1.3 million. Those in attendance heard an inspiring speech by Jay & Liz Scott, Alex’s parents, and co-executive directors of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and Patrick Scott, Alex’s brother, who read a moving letter he wrote to his sister.
“The fact that this is our ninth year hosting this event is pretty mind blowing! It feels really amazing to be able to have such a tangible impact on something that is just so important,” said co-founder Caroline Styne.” It’s also so gratifying to see so many others jump on board and wholeheartedly support this event and the foundation as a whole.”
“We’re continuously amazed by the generosity and support of the Suzanne, Caroline and David, all the participating chefs, vintners, mixologists and guests of L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director of the Foundation. “The inspiring event exceeds our expectations year after year and helps us move closer toward achieving my daughter’s vision – a cure for all kids with cancer!”
For information on how to become a sponsor, contact Sarah Wright at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, (866) 333-1213 or S.Wright@AlexsLemonade.org.
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Partial List of Participating Chefs
Nick Anderer (NYC) – Maialino
Chris Bianco (Phoenix) – Pizzeria Bianco
April Bloomfield (L.A.) – The Hearth &Hound
Josef Centeno (L.A.) – Bäco Mercat
Michael Cimarusti (L.A.) – Providence
Josiah Citrin (L.A.) – Melisse
Giada De Laurentis (Las Vegas) – Giada
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (L.A.) – Border Grill
Gavin Fine (Jackson Hole, WY) – Fine Dining Restaurant Group
Michael Fiorelli (L.A.) – Love & Salt
Ben Ford (L.A.) – Ford’s Filling Station
Jeremy Fox (L.A.) – Rustic Canyon
Chris Flint (L.A.) – NoMad Los Angeles
Neal Fraser (L.A.) – Redbird
Evan Funke (Venice, CA) – Felix Trattoria
Suzanne Goin (L.A.) – Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern
Hedy Goldsmith (L.A.) – Sweet Hedy
Timothy Hollingsworth (L.A.) – Otium, Barrel & Ashes
Eva Ein (Santa Barbara) – McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
Bruce Kalman (L.A.) – Union, Knead & Co.
Sara Kramer & Sarah Hymanson (L.A.) – Kismet
David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach, CA) – Manhattan Beach Post, Fishing with Dynamite
David Lentz (L.A.) – The Hungry Cat
Donald Link (New Orleans) – Pêche, Herbsaint, Cochon, Cochon Butcher
Jenn Louis (Portland, OR) – Ray
Tyler Malek (L.A.) – Salt & Straw
Kevin Meehan (L.A.) – Kali
Matt Molina (L.A.) – Everson Royce Bar, Triple Beam Pizza
Zoe Nathan (L.A.) – Huckleberry
Bryant Ng (L.A.) – Cassia
Nancy Oakes (San Francisco) – Boulevard
Adam Perry Lang (Hollywood) – APL Restaurant
Zachary Pollack (L.A.) – Alimento, Cosa Buona
Steve Samson (L.A.) – Sotto, Rossoblu
Michael Schwartz (Miami) – The Genuine Hospitality Group, Amara at Paraiso
Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (L.A.) – Animal Restaurant Group
Nancy Silverton (L.A.) – Mozza Restaurant Group
Jonathan Sundstrom (Seattle) – Lark, Bitter/Raw, Slab Sandwiches & Pie
Shannon Swindle (L.A.) – Craft
Suzanne Tracht (L.A.) – Jar
Marc Vetri (Philadelphia) – Vetri Cucina
Michael Voltaggio (L.A.)
Rocco Whalen (Cleveland/Charlotte) – Fahrenheit
Jason Winters (L.A.) – Urban Pie
Sherry Yard (L.A.) – IPIC Group
Shiho Yoshikawa (L.A.) – Sweet Rose Creamery