Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and David Lentz Invite Culinary Friends to Cook for Kids’ Cancer Cures at 7th Annual Event
LOS ANGELES, CA — Chefs from across the country are set to return to Los Angeles for the 7th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade culinary cookout benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the fight against childhood cancer on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12-4pm at UCLA’s Royce Quad. The event — hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin, business partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, a.o.c.,Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat) – will offer fantastic food, wine and cocktails prepared by the nation’s best chefs, winemakers and mixologists, all to fight childhood cancer.
Joining host Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and David Lentz will be another stellar lineup of the nation’s culinary superstars. Returning chefs include Adam Perry Lang, Giada De Laurentiis, Michael Voltaggio, April Bloomfield, Nancy Silverton, Chris Bianco, Donald Link, Jonathan Waxman, Michael Cimarusti, and Marc Vetri. The founders also announce an outstanding group of first-time participating chefs – Derek Dammann, Aarón Sánchez, Frank Stitt, Walter Manzke, Dominique Crenn, Timothy Hollingsworth and Ori Menasche. More chefs will be announced in the coming months, as well as leading vintners and mixologists from around the country.
The day is filled with delicious foods from coast to coast, cocktails for a cause, a treasure trove of children’s activities, live and silent auctions of exclusive experiences and packages as well as the signature Alex’s Lemonade Stand manned by youth volunteers.
Pricing for General Admission tickets is $195. L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade will also offer a $1,200 premier ticket that includes a behind the scenes tour of the venue, an opportunity to meet the chefs and watch as they prepare their dishes, and exclusive access to the private Chef’s Dinner the evening before (Friday, September 9). In the spirit of the culinary cookout, children under the age of 12 are free with an 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.
Galvanized by their participation in The Great Chefs Event in Philadelphia founded by Chef Marc Vetri and his business partner Jeff Benjamin, the first culinary event to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Goin, Lentz and Styne were determined to engage the philanthropic prowess of the LA community. From the onset, supporters embraced L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, making it the most anticipated culinary celebration of the year. Goin, Lentz and Styne have rallied to make L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade an everlasting tribute to a young girl’s commitment to help all children struggling with cancer.
From its inception in 2010, the event has sold tickets to capacity and raised over $3.2 million for the Foundation’s efforts in funding research for childhood cancer treatment and cures. In addition to the generous backing of the community, prominent personalities from the entertainment industry – long time attendee Jimmy Kimmel, Lena Dunham, Laura Dern, Joe Mantegna, Timothy Olyphant, Kirsten Vangsness and others – have become champions to the cause.
More than 2,000 people, including more than 100 chefs, mixologists and vintners, attended the 2015 event, which raised a record $1 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 hero speaker and cancer survivor 11 year-old Samantha Hill, highlighting the importance of how one individual can make a difference.
“We can only describe what has happened the last six years as magical. There are so many people that come together for such a worthy cause. It’s thrilling to see everyone having a great time with the best food, wine and spirits, all in name of Alex Scott,” said creator and host chef Suzanne Goin. “From the moment we decided to create a culinary event, Alex has inspired us and her legacy makes us strive to raise more funding for research. Once you hear the story of her life, you can’t help but get involved.”
“We have been thrilled to watch year after year as the L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade continues to exceed our expectations,” said Jay Scott, Alex’s Dad and Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. “The spirit surrounding the day, and the dedication of those involved reminds me that when we come together, all things are possible, including moving toward the day when cures become realities for all kids with cancer.”
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L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade – 2015 Participants | ©Benjamin Shmikler
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 $120 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 550 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.
|Partial List of Participating Chefs
Aarón Sánchez (New Orleans, LA) – Johnny Sanchez
Thomas Bellec (Los Angeles, CA) – The Blvd at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
Chris Bianco (Phoenix, AZ) – Pizzeria Bianco, Pane Bianco, Bar Bianco
April Bloomfield (New York, NY) – The Spotted Pig
Michael Cimarusti (Los Angeles, CA) – Providence
Dominique Crenn (San Francisco, CA) – Atelier Crenn, Petit Crenn
Derek Dammann (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Maison Publique
Giada De Laurentiis (Las Vegas, NV) – Giada
Ray England + Shannon Swindle (Los Angeles, CA) – Craft
Michael Fiorelli (Los Angeles, CA) – Love and Salt
Ben Ford (Los Angeles, CA) – Ford’s Filling Station
Jeremy Fox (Los Angeles, CA) – Rustic Canyon
Neal Fraser (Los Angeles, CA) – Redbird, BLD, ICDC, Fritzi Dog
Cosmo Goss (Chicago, IL)- The Publican
Bruce Kalman (Los Angeles, CA) – Union Pasadena, Need Pasta Co
David Lefevre (Los Angeles, CA) – Manhattan Beach Post, Fishing with Dynamite
Donald Link (New Orleans, LA) – Pêche, Herbsaint, Cochon, Cochon Butcher
Jenn Louis (Portland, OR) – Sunshine Tavern, Lincoln Restaurant
Zoe Nathan (Los Angeles, CA) – Huckleberry
Bryant NG (Los Angeles, CA) – Cassia
Nancy Oakes (San Francisco, CA) – Boulevard Restaurant
Adam Perry Lang (New York, NY + Los Angeles, CA) – Serious BBQ
Ari Rosenson (Los Angeles, CA) – CUT
McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream (Los Angeles, CA)
Steve Samson (Los Angeles, CA) – Sotto Restaurant
Nancy Silverton (Los Angeles, CA) – Mozza Restaurant Group
John Sundstrom (Seattle, WA) – Lark, Bitter/Raw, Slab Sandwiches & Pie
Suzanne Tracht (Los Angeles, CA) – Jar
Marc Vetri & Jeff Michaud (Philadelphia, PA) – Vetri
Michael Voltaggio (Los Angeles, CA) – ink
Rocco Whalen (Cleveland, OH) – Fahrenheit Charlotte
Jonathan Waxman (New York, NY) – Barbuto
Shiho Yoshikawa (Los Angeles, CA) – Sweet Rose Creamery
Partial List of Wineries
Black Sheep Finds
Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants
Emanuel Tres Wines
Grandes Places Selections
Greg Condes Wines
Hartley Ostini Hitching Post
Hudson Wine Brokers
Jelly Roll Wines
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Kimberly Jones Wines
Lang & Reed
Next Generation Wine Co.
Rare Wine Company
Return to Terroir
***All chefs and vintners have graciously donated their time, food and talent to the cause for this event***