9th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade at UCLA

9th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade at UCLA

This is perhaps the best food festival one can attend in Los Angeles, and all proceeds raised will be go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.  This is one of the few local food festivals that have chefs from other parts of the country participate, such as Jonathan Waxman, Marc Vetri, and Donald Link, just to name a few.  They, along with top chefs in the LA area, graciously donate all of their time, effort and food for a wonderful cause.

Added the amazing prizes that were being auctioned off during the Live Auction (a week’s trip to Rome and Tuscany for 4 with dinner at Nancy Silverton’s Tuscany home, plus wine tasting throughout the region fetched a whopping $100,000 from one bidder; and dinner for 8 at Jimmy Kimmel’s home with chefs Josiah Citrin, Michael Cimarusti and others, also fetched $100,000 from each of the 3 winning bidders).

Tickets to this event cost $195 for general admission, but it was 4 hours of culinary and liquor bliss as the food spread offered by the chefs were delicious.  However, another way to be able to attend the event and be able to sample of the offers was to volunteer for the event.  The middle of September is usually the start of the hottest time of the year for Los Angeles, and yesterday, it was no different.  While it wasn’t extremely hot, walking around for hours in the sun and heat drained me out completely.  In the end, I only had enough time and energy to hit a few of the stands.

My two favorites out of the bunch were Stephanie Mutz’s Sea Urchins and Sea Urchin Shooters, Kevin Meehan’s Beef Tartare with Charcoal Chip & Yolk Aioli, and Jeremy Fox & Andy Doubrava’s Bone Marrow Fried Farro Verde.  Both made my palate sing.

Perhaps next year, I’ll attend the event as a regular ticketholder and hope to be able to maximize the experience of this event, an event which, I’m quite sure, easily raised over a million dollars to fight pediatric cancer.

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Brunch at Kali Restaurant in Hollywood, CA

Brunch at Kali Restaurant in Hollywood, CA

Chef Kevin Meehan started Sunday brunch service at Kali at the earlier this year; and aside from some of the more popular brunch staples, Kali offers some of their lunch time entrees, including their very popular and delicious Black Barley Risotto.  Here, the food is well presented, and the offerings are perfect for these warm, sunny summer days.

In addition, you can finish off your brunch with a dessert course.  Their signature dessert of Meringue Gelato with Candied Yolk Shaving is a nice light way to finish brunch.  Their Meyer Lemon & Olive Oil Flan offered a rollercoaster of flavors in your mouth.  You start off tasting the sweetness from the flan, then the saltiness from the cheese crisp on top, and lastly, the citric tartness from Meyer lemon finishes off the bite.  Quite a combination.

Brunch Menu:  https://www.kalirestaurant.com/brunch/