LA Magazine’s 2nd Annual Culinary Benefit for the LA Mission on 10/14/07

Los Angeles magazine’s 2nd Annual Culinary Extravaganza on Sunday, October 14,

at Kitchen Academy in Hollywood Benefits the Los Angeles Mission


What:               Los Angeles magazine’s The Food Event: Home Grown previews and brings to life The Food Issue, Los Angeles magazine’s November 2007 issue, which showcases ingredients made, farmed, or baked within two hours and 200 miles of home.  High-profile Los Angeles chefs and area restaurants will show and tell how they “go green” and keep it close to home.


When:              Sunday, October 14, 2007                             Hours:              2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Price:               Tickets are only $40 (all demonstrations, food and drinks included) with $25 of each ticket benefiting the Los Angeles Mission, which aids the men, women, children, and families on Skid Row.

To purchase tickets visit:; use keyword “L.A. Mag”

or call (323) 993-7211; 21+ preferred           


Activities:        Celebrity Chef Cooking DEMOS:  Learn recipes, tips, and techniques from L.A.’s brightest culinary stars.  Meet them up close and personal in Kitchen Academy’s demonstration theater, a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen and on the outdoor Snyder Diamond gourmet kitchen stage.



This year’s “TOP CHEF” competitor and  “TOP CHEF”  Season 2’s Betty Fraser (Grub restaurant) battle it out.


KERRY SIMON  – Simon L.A. at Sofitel L.A.                    Suzanne Tracht  – Jar


Michael Cimarusti  – Providence; 2:30 p.m.                        Akasha Richmond  – Akasha’s Visionary Cuisine Catering


Anthony Jacquet – The Whisper Lounge                        Jared Simons  – Violet


Steven Rojas  – Saddle Peak Lodge                          Dakota Weiss  – Sunset Tower Hotel


David Schanhals  – THE PALM West Hollywood            Mirko Paderno  – All’ Angelo



Katie Nuanes

Author of The Little Black Apron:  The Single Girl’s Guide to Cooking with Style and Grace will be signing her book.


For more information about the event including participating chefs:


Pastry Primers:    Josie Pastry Chef Jonna Jenson and others will demonstrate signature creations.  Learn insider’s secrets on creating perfect pastries, cakes, bread, and more, in Kitchen Academy’s professional pasty kitchen.  


HostsDebbie Matenopoulos and

Actor and “Smart & Final” spokesperson Jake Hanover


Restaurant samplings:  Taste some of the most delicious food in town from 20 Top L.A. Restaurants including Simon L.A., The Whisper Lounge, Saddle Peak Lodge, The Palm West Hollywood, The Palm Downtown, SUNSET tower bar, Akasha Visionary Cuisine Catering, La Vecchia, and more.


Wine and spirits tastings: Official “Food Event” wine sponsor, La Crema, a pioneering boutique winery known for intensely flavored Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the cool Sonoma Coast is among several to be featured.  A Beer Garden will be provided by Father’s Office restaurant.


                        Entertainment:  94.7 The Wave


Coffee Bar by LAMILL and Gelato Bar by Gail Silverton & Joel Gutman. 

Water by Smart Water and Vita-water.


Kitchen trends:  see the latest in how to outfit your home kitchen by Snyder Diamond, specializing in kitchens for 50 years, featuring Viking, Kitchen Aid and Sub Zero.


Live entertainment, Prizes and Opportunity drawings


For more information about The Food Event:  Home Grown, please contact the Valentine Group L.A. at 323.571.8003.


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