LOS ANGELES, CA — Marking a momentous tenth 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, is set for Saturday, September 14, 2019, 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 2019 event is guaranteed to surpass the aspirations of previous years with returning chefs Michael Cimarusti, Chris Bianco, Adam Perry Lang, Donald Link, Nancy Oakes, Nancy Silverton, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, Rocco Whalen and Marc Vetri coming together to cook for childhood cancer cures. First time participant is Gabriela Cámara, Mexico City’s beloved chef of Contramar (and Cala in San Francisco) who will open her first restaurant in Santa Monica in the coming months. More chefs will continue to be announced, as well as leading vintners and mixologists from across the country.
Pricing for General Admission tickets is $195 until August 1, when the price increases to $225. L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade also offers a $1,200 premier ticket level that includes early access to the event, VIP seating and an exclusive invite to the private and intimate Welcome Dinner the evening before, on Friday, September 13. 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 nine years, sampling signature dishes of world renowned chefs and reaching over $7.3 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 2018 event, which raised nearly 1.5 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 Cooper Gray, a childhood cancer hero who was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor at age 4.
“I can’t believe it’s our tenth year. It seems like yesterday that we were introducing LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade to everyone here and now it’s a huge part of the Los Angeles experience.,” said co-founder Caroline Styne. “I’m so beyond thrilled to be part of such a worthwhile organization. And this day is by far my most favorite one of the year. Always.”
“We’re in awe of the commitment and generosity of 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. “It is so special to celebrate an entire decade of L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade! Every year we move closer to achieving Alex’s vision of finding a cure for all kids with cancer!”
For information on how to become a sponsor, contact Sara Moyer at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, (610) 649-3034 or S.Moyer@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 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer. Her spirit and determination inspired others to support her cause, and when she passed away at the age of 8, she had raised $1 million. Since then, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. Today, ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada raising more than $175 million so far, funding nearly 1,000 research projects and providing programs to families affected by childhood cancer. For more information, visit AlexsLemonade.org.
|Partial List of Participating Chefs
Chris Bianco (Phoenix) – Pizzeria Bianco
Gabriela Cámara (Mexico City, San Francisco) – Contramar, Cala
Eva Ein (L.A.) – McConnell’s Ice Cream
Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken (L.A.) – Border Grill
Neal Fraser (L.A.) – Redbird
Hedy Goldsmith (L.A.) – Sweet Hedy
Valerie Gordon (L.A.) – Valerie Confections
Sarah Grueneberg (Chicago) – Monteverde Restaurant & Pastifico
Timothy Hollingsworth (L.A.) – Otium, Barrel & Ashes
Bruce Kalman (Pasadena, CA)
Sara Kramer & Sarah Hymanson (L.A.) – Kismet, Madcapra
Adam Perry Lang (Hollywood) – APL Restaurant
David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach) – Manhattan Beach Post, Fishing with Dynamite
David Lentz (L.A.)
Donald Link (New Orleans) – Link Restaurant Group
Jenn Louis (Portland, OR)
Walter Manzke & Margarita Manzke (L.A.) – Republique
Kevin Meehan (L.A.) – Kali
Matt Molina (L.A.) – Everson Royce Bar, Triple Beam Pizza, Hippo
Dahlia Narvaez (L.A.) – Mozza Restaurant Group
Zoe Nathan (L.A.) – Huckleberry
Nancy Oakes (San Francisco) – Boulevard
Zachary Pollack (L.A.) – Alimento, Cosa Buona
Mark Rosati (Nationwide) – Shake Shack
Steve Samson (L.A.) – Rossoblu
Michael Santoro (Beverly Hills) – The Beverly Hills Hotel
Michael Schwartz (Miami) – Genuine Hospitality Group, Fi’Lia
Jon Shook & Vinny DiTolo (L.A.) – Jon & Vinny’s
Nancy Silverton (L.A.) – Mozza Restaurant Group
Jonathan Sundstrom (Seattle) – Lark
Suzanne Tracht (L.A.) – Jar
Marc Vetri (Philadelphia) – Vetri Cucina
Rocco Whalen (Cleveland/Charlotte) – Fahrenheit
Shiho Yoshikowa (L.A.) – Sweet Rose Creamery
***All chefs and vintners have graciously donated their time, food and talent to the cause for this event***