If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets for one of the most delicious food events of the year there’s still time. The Food Fare will take place this coming Thursday – there’s a daytime session (10.30 – 2.00) and then the eventing session kicks of with a VIP event at 5.30 and for the rest of the rabble at 6.30. With over 150 of LA’s best restaurants there – not to mention the vino poured it’s such a great deal and for such a good cause.
The Food Fare began with a cooking demo by the late great Julia Child back in 1979 – oh how I wish I’d been here for that – I wonder what she cooked? This year two other star chefs are being honored – Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Border Grill and Street.
Last year the Border Grill truck was parked outside serving the most delicious corn tamales – they were so good and so memorable I jumped at the chance of including the recipe in my upcoming book Made in America. Little parcels of deliciousness.
I was lucky enough to photograph and interview these two formidable women this morning for Made In America – what struck me as we chatted was how much they give back. It’s hard enough making a living in the restaurant business these days and so it surprises me that people think it’s okay to ask our chefs to give all the time. And they do – be it time, food, gift cards, free drinks – there’s no such thing as a free lunch – or is there? Milliken and Feniger talked about how important it was to see where the money goes – both had visited Planned Parenthood downtown and were inspired by what they had seen – like with all things the more involved you get the better the experience.
Advance tickets for Food Fare are $150 for the daytime session (10:30 am to 2:00 pm) and $225 for the evening session (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm). Tickets are available online at www.pplafoodfare.com or by calling (213) 284.3316 or can be purchased at the door for $175 for the daytime session and $250 for the evening session. And don’t forget to become a fan of the PPLA Food Fare fan page on Facebook.