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

Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and David Lentz Invite Culinary Friends  to Cook for Kids’ Cancer Cures at 6th Annual Event

LOS ANGELES, CA — Chefs from across the country are set to return to Los Angeles for the 6th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade culinary cookout benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the fight against childhood cancer on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 12-4pm at UCLA’s Royce Quad. The event — hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin, business partner Caroline Styne (Lucquesa.o.c., Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat) and presented by Northwestern Mutual and Volvo — will offer fantastic food and cocktails prepared by over 50 of the nation’s best chefs, all contributing to curing 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 John BeshScott ConantGiada De LaurentiisLudo LefebvreDonald Link, and Marc Vetri along with first-time participating chefs Tony Esnault, Ray Garcia, Micah Camden and Katie Poppe, Cosmo Goss, Brandon Kida, Tyler Malek, Lachlan Patterson, Chris Phelps and Zak Walters, Mindy Segal, Joachim Splichal, Suzanne Tracht and Johnny Yoo. Expect tastings from over 47 acclaimed wineries in the country along with craft cocktails prepared by mixologists Eric AlperinNeal BodenheimerDona Bridges, Beau du Bois and Martin Daraz.

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.

Galvanized by their participation in The Great Chefs Event in Philadelphia founded by Chef Marc Vetri, 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. Created by the inspiring and courageous Alexandra “Alex” Scott at the age of four, 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 $2.7 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 KimmelCamilla BelleLena DunhamLaura DernJoe MantegnaNeil Patrick Harris and David BurtkaGillian Jacobs, Timothy Olyphant, Kirsten Vangsness and others – have become champions to the cause.

“From the moment we decided to create a culinary event with a cause, we had huge aspirations of where it could go,” said creator and host chef Suzanne Goin. “While the event has certainly exceeded our expectations, we continue to take our cues from Foundation creator Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who always wanted to do more. We look forward to the 2015 event, and have our sights set on blowing all previous years out of the water.”

“Each and every year I am inspired by the outpouring of support shown at the L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade event,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director of the Foundation. “Of course, the food is delicious, but more than that, 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.”

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 11).  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.

For information on how to become a sponsor, contact Selina Poiesz at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, (610) 649-3034 or s.poiesz@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 $100 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 475 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. 

Participating Chefs 

John Besh (New Orleans, LA) – Besh Restaurant Group

Chris Bianco (Phoenix, AZ ) – Pizzeria Bianco, Pane Bianco, Bar Bianco

Micah Camden & Katie Poppe (Los Angeles, CA) – Blue Star Donuts

Roy Choi (Los Angeles, CA) – Kogi BBQ

Michael Cimarusti & Tristan Aitchison (Los Angeles, CA) – Connie & Ted’s, Providence

Scott Conant & Freddy Vargas (Los Angeles, CA) – Scarpetta

Dominique Crenn (San Francisco, CA) – Atelier Crenn

Giada De Laurentiis (Los Angeles, CA) – Giada, Vegas

Eva Ein (Santa Barbara, CA) – McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

Ray England & Shannon Swindle (Los Angeles, CA) – Craft

Tony Esnault (Los Angeles, CA) – Church & State Bistro

Susan Feniger (Los Angeles, CA) – Mud Hen Tavern

Michael Fiorelli & Rebecca Merhej (Los Angeles, CA) – Love & Salt

Benjamin Ford (Los Angeles, CA) – Ford’s Filling Station

Jeremy Fox (Los Angeles, CA) – Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen

Neal Fraser (Los Angeles, CA) – The Strand House, Redbird, BLD, ICDC, Fritzi Dog

Ray Garcia (Los Angeles, CA) – Broken Spanish

Suzanne Goin & Amy Deaderick (Los Angeles, CA) – Lucques, Tavern

Hedy Goldsmith (Los Angeles, CA)

Valerie Gordon (Los Angeles, CA) – Valerie Confections

Cosmo Goss (Chicago, IL) – The Publican

Jonathan Graham (Los Angeles, CA) – Compartes Chocolatier

Lauren Herman (Los Angeles, CA) – a.o.c.

Maria Hines (Seattle, WA) – Tilth, Golden Beetle, Agrodolce

Bruce Kalman (Los Angeles, CA) – Union, Amano Pasta Bar & Market

Anthony Keene (Los Angeles, CA) – The London West Hollywood

Brandon Kida (Los Angeles, CA) – Hinoki and the Bird

Adam Perry Lang (New York, NY + Los Angeles, CA) – Serious BBQ

Ludo Lefebvre (Los Angeles, CA) – Trois Mec, Petit Trois

David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach, CA) – Manhattan Beach Post, Fishing with Dynamite, The Arthur J

David Lentz (Los Angeles, CA) – The Hungry Cat

Donald Link (New Orleans, LA) – Herbsaint, Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Pêche

Jenn Louis (Portland, OR) – Lincoln Restaurant, Sunshine Tavern

Tyler Malek (Los Angeles, CA) – Salt & Straw

Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger (Los Angeles, CA) – Border Grill Restaurants, Truck & Catering

Zoe Nathan (Los Angeles, CA) – Huckleberry Café & Bakery

Nancy Oakes & Dana Younkin (San Francisco, CA) – Boulevard Restaurant

Lachlan Patterson (Boulder, CO) – Frasca Food & Wine

Chris Phelps & Zak Walters (Los Angeles, CA) – Salt’s Cure

Steve Samson (Los Angeles, CA) – Sotto

Michael Schwartz (Miami, FL) – Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, The Cypress, Harry’s Pizzeria

Mindy Segal (Chicago, IL) – Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

Nancy Silverton (Los Angeles, CA) – Mozza Restaurant Group

Joachim Splichal (Los Angeles, CA) – Patina Restaurant

Johnathan Sundstrom (Seattle, WA) – Lark, Bitter/Raw, Slab Sandwiches & Pie

Suzanne Tracht (Los Angeles, CA) – Jar

Marc Vetri & Jeff Michaud (Philadelphia, PA) – Vetri Foundation

Rocco Whalen (Cleveland, OH) – Fahrenheit, Cleveland & Charlotte

Jason Winters (Los Angeles, CA) – Urban Pie

Kris Yenbamroong (Los Angeles, CA) – Night + Market

Johnny Yoo (Los Angeles, CA) – A-Frame

Shiho Yoshikawa (Santa Monica, CA) – Sweet Rose Creamery


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