L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout Returns to Fight Childhood Cancer for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Culinary Experts Join Host Chefs Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and David Lentz for 5th Annual Event to Help Fund Childhood Cancer Research

The L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade culinary cookout, hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin, business partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), and presented by Northwestern Mutual and Volvo, is slated to return on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 12-4pm at a new venue, Wilson Plaza at UCLA , for its fifth highly anticipated season. Goin, Styne and Lentz have again enlisted the support and generosity of their culinary friends around the nation who will donate their time and talents to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) in their quest to find better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer.

clip_image002The 5th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade invites food and wine lovers from all corners of the globe for an afternoon of fantastic fare, cocktails for a cause, children’s activities, silent and live auctions, and much more. The 2014 event is guaranteed to surpass the aspirations of previous years with returning chefs Chris Bianco, Giada De Laurentiis, Maria Hines, Donald Link, Mary Sue Milliken, Russell Moore, Nancy Oakes, Zach Pollack, Michael Voltaggio, and new participating chefs Roy Choi, Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Michael Fiorelli, Benjamin Ford, Ray Garcia, Barbara Lynch, Mette Williams, and Jason Winters coming together to cook for childhood cancer cures.

Leading mixologists and vintners from around the nation will be in attendance for samples of their cocktails and fine wines. Mixologists include the artistry of Eric Alperin, Neal Bodenheimer, Aidan Demarest, Greg Lindgren, Christiaan Rollich, Marcos Tello, and Mari Tuttle. For a complete list, visit the Mixologists and Vintners section of the 2014 L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade website.

Pricing for General Admission tickets is $195, and L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade will offer a $1,200 premier ticket level that includes a behind the scenes tour of the venue, an opportunity to  meet the chefs and watch as they prepare their dishes, as well as an exclusive pass to the private Chefs Dinner the evening before, on Friday, September 19.  In the spirit of the culinary cookout, children under the age of 12 are free with accompanying adult, and do not need to register for the event.

Tickets for all levels are available for purchase online at www.lucques.com, www.thehungrycat.com, www.aocwinebar.com, www.tavernla.com or LALovesAlexsLemonade.org. All proceeds will benefit ALSF.

Galvanized by their experience at The Great Chefs Event benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in Philadelphia, Goin, Styne and Lentz felt ready to partner with their east coast friends and lead the way for a Los Angeles-designed event to broaden the reach of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts. L.A. supporters enthusiastically responded with huge turnouts in the first four years, sampling signature dishes of more than 35 renowned chefs and reaching nearly $2 million in sponsorship, ticket and auction sales in the short time period. Goin, Styne and Lentz are busily preparing stunning dining and experience packages for the fall 2014 event.

More than 1,700 people attended the 2013 event, which raised over $530,000. Those in attendance, were provided with entertainment from master of ceremonies Jimmy Kimmel, but also heard from Liz and Jay Scott, Alex’s parents, and the hosts of the event Chef Suzanne Goin, business partner Caroline Styne and Chef David Lentz.

“We can only describe what happens every year as magical. To see all of the talented people who happily come together for such a worthy cause is incredibly gratifying. The bonus is to witness everyone having a great time with the best food, wine and spirits and even see kids at play, all in name of Alex Scott,” said Caroline Styne. “From the start of creating this cookout, Alex has been the one who inspired us and her legacy makes us try harder every year to raise more funding for research. Once you hear the story of her life, you can’t help but get involved.”

“The L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade event continues to be one of the most inspiring, and not to mention delicious, events of the year benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director of the Foundation. “We have been continually amazed by the dedication of Suzanne, Caroline and David to help achieve our daughter’s mission – a cure for all kids with cancer, as well as the outpouring of support from their friends who travel from all corners of the country to participate in this important fundraising event.”

For information on how to become a sponsor, contact David Brownstein at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, (610) 649-3034 or David@AlexsLemonade.org.

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About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $80 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 450 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.

Participating Chefs

Michael Anthony (New York, NY) – Gramercy Tavern
Chris Bianco (Phoenix, AZ ) – Pizzeria Bianco, Pane Bianco, Bar Bianco, Union Jacks
Roy Choi (Los Angeles, CA) – Kogi BBQ
Michael Cimarusti (Los Angeles, CA) – Connie & Ted’s, Providence LA
Tom Colicchio (New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA) – Craft
Scott Conant (Los Angeles, CA) – Scarpetta
Giada De Laurentiis (Los Angeles, CA) – “Giada at Home”, “Cooking with Giada”, “Everyday Italian”, Giada Las Vegas
Michael Fiorelli (Los Angeles, CA) – Love & Salt
Benjamin Ford (Los Angeles, CA) – Ford’s Filling Station
Jeremy Fox (Los Angeles, CA) – Rustic Canyon
Neal Fraser (Los Angeles, CA) –  The Strand House, BLD, Fritzi Dog, Neal Fraser & Co. at Vibiana, Redbird at Vibiana
Ray Garcia (Los Angeles, CA) – Fig
Suzanne Goin (Los Angeles, CA) – a.o.c., Lucques, Tavern, The Larder at Burton Way
Hedy Goldsmith (Miami, FL) – Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Harry’s Pizzeria, The Cypress Room
Jonathan Graham (Los Angeles, CA) – Compartes Chocolatier
Maria Hines (Seattle, WA) – Tilth, Golden Beetle, Agrodolce
Bruce Kalman (Los Angeles, CA) – Union
Anthony Keene (Los Angeles, CA) – Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood
Ludo LeFebvre (Los Angeles, CA) – Trois Mec
David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach, CA) – Manhattan Beach Post, Fishing with Dynamite
David Lentz (Los Angeles, CA) – The Hungry Cat
Donald Link (New Orleans, LA) – Peche
Barbara Lynch (Boston, MA) – Gruppo
Mary Sue Milliken (Los Angeles, CA) – Border Grill
Matt Molina (Los Angeles, CA) – Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza
Russell Moore (Oakland, CA) – CaminoRestaurant
Zoe Nathan (Los Angeles, CA) – Huckleberry, Milo and Olive
Nancy Oakes & Dana Younkin (San Francisco, CA) Boulevard
Christina Olufson (Los Angeles, CA) –Tavern  Pastry
Zach Pollack (Los Angeles, CA) – Alimento
Steve Samson (Los Angeles, CA) – Sotto
Michael Schwartz (Miami, FL) – Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Harry’s Pizzeria
Johnathan Sundstrom (Seattle, WA) – Lark
Valerie Confections (Los Angeles, CA)
Marc Vetri & Jeff Michaud (Philadelphia, PA) – Alla Spina, Amis, Osteria, Vetri, Pizzeria Vetri
Michael Voltaggio (Los Angeles, CA) – Ink
Rocco Whalen (Cleveland, OH) – Fahrenheit, Rosie & Rocco’s
Jonathan Whitener (Los Angeles, CA) – Animal
Mette Williams (Los Angeles, CA) – Culina
Jason Winters (Los Angeles, CA) – Urban Pie
Shiho Yoshikawa (Los Angeles, CA) – Sweet Rose Creamery

***All chefs have graciously donated their time, food and talent to the cause for this event***