MARCH 6: Annual PPLA Food Fare Returns to Santa Monica at New Venue; Day & Evening Events Feature Top LA Restaurants, Libations and Gifts to Buy For a Great Cause
by Don Rose - a Wire LA FEATURED EVENT
Food Fare 2014, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Guild's Annual Culinary Tradition, Will Be Held Thursday, March 6 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica; Two Sessions (Day & Night) Give SoCal Food Lovers, Planned Parenthood Supporters and the General Public a Unique Opportunity to Sample LA’s Best Food & Drinks
Friends, foodies, Angelenos… lend me your ears (and mouths)! The annual Planned Parenthood Food Fare is back this week, and promises to be better than ever, with a brand new venue. Whether you are someone who loves foodie events, a lover of charity events, or a little of both, Food Fare is the best place to go every March to have a great time for a great cause while sampling the best of LA’s restaurants in a festive atmosphere.
The official PPLA Food Fare website says, “From its prestigious beginnings … Food Fare has become one of the oldest and most recognized food events in Los Angeles. This year we will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of Food Fare on Thursday, March 6th at the Barker Hangar. Over 100 of the city’s best restaurants, caters, wineries, florists, vendors and entertainers will be part of the festivities. With this long tradition of offering the finest of Los Angeles’ culinary delights, Food Fare 2014 will be an occasion to savor the best of Southern California all under one roof!”
Tickets for sale online (www.pplafoodfare.com) or by calling (213) 2843200 (ext. 3700) or 284-3300, or can be purchased at the door.
For the first time, the beloved culinary event will be held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, where it will showcase over 150 of Southern California’s finest chefs, restaurants, wineries, breweries, spirit purveyors, and vendors.
Food Fare began in 1979 with a cooking demonstration by Julia Child. Over the last three and a half decades, it has grown into one of the oldest and most celebrated food events in Los Angeles.
RESTAURANTS & FOOD TRUCKS
Some of the participating restaurants this year include: Ammo, Angelini Osteria, AOC, Blue Plate Restaurant Group, Chi Spacca, Craft, Drago Centro, JAR, Joe’s Restaurant, Library Ale House, Lucques, Maison Giraud, Rivera, Salt’s Cure, Superba Food & Bread, Tavern, The Tripel and many more. This year’s event will also feature some of the city’s most popular food trucks, including The Border Grill Truck and The Grilled Cheese Truck.
In addition to the gourmet fare, guests will also enjoy delicious libations from Caffe Luxxe, Kreation Juicery, Elixr G, and Infuse Vodka as well as sample the latest craft beers in The Beer Chicks’ Beer Garden. Wineries such as Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, Herb Lamb Vineyards, and Beckman Vineyards will be pouring and selling their latest bottles. VeeV Açai Spirit will also be the exclusive VIP spirit sponsor.
GIFTS TO BUY
Food Fare attendees can also purchase a beautifully curated assortment of culinary gifts and supplies, home accessories, jewelry, handbags, cashmere wraps and throws, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.
CHANCES TO WIN
Food Fare will also feature a raffle and auction, with the chance to win items like a dream vacation to Paris, private cooking classes in Drago Centro’s wine vault, a private screening at Lionsgate Studios, gift certificates to the best restaurants in L.A., and many more entertainment and culinary experiences.
CHEF OF THE YEAR
For the fifth year, Food Fare is celebrating one of its participating chefs as Planned Parenthood’s Chef of the Year. This year, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is proud to honor Chef CelestinoDrago, chef and owner of Drago Restaurant Group (Drago Centro, IL Pastaio, Drago Catering & Special Events, Drago Bakery), as their Chef of the Year for his contributions to the culinary culture of Los Angeles and years of dedication to the mission of Planned Parenthood.
“It is truly an honor to join such an illustrious list of honorees as Food Fare’s Chef of the Year! As a long time advocate for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, I am so pleased to be able to continue to support such a great cause and a wonderful event,” says Chef Celestino Drago.
Advance purchase tickets for Food Fare are $150 for the daytime session (10:30 am to 2:00 pm) and $250 for the evening session (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm). Tickets are available for sale online at www.pplafoodfare.com - or by calling (213) 2843200 (ext. 3700) or 284-3300. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, the day of the event for $175 for the daytime session and $275 for the evening session.
For additional information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.pplafoodfare.com.
Food Fare is hosted by the Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Guild, a group of nearly 200 women dedicated to providing financial and volunteer support for Planned Parenthood’s 19 health centers, which provide care to nearly 150,000 women, men, and teens each year. Over 93% of the care Planned Parenthood provides is preventative, including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, annual exams, and STD testing and treatment.
Date: March 6, 2014
Location: Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
Official Website: http://pplafoodfare.com