Planned Parenthood Food Fare on March 6th in Santa Monica- Preview and Tickets

L.A.’s Premiere Culinary Celebration Honors Chef of the Year Celestino Drago
and Special Guest Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President
Los Angeles, CA January 14, 2014 – The Annual Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Food Fare, L.A.’s
premiere gastronomic event, is back on Thursday, March 6, 2014. 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.
Food Fare is a unique opportunity for Southern California’s food-lovers, Planned Parenthood
supporters and the general public to sample the best food and drinks L.A. has to offer.
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.
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.
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 Celestino
Drago, 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.
Special guest Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned
Parenthood Action Fund President, will also be attending this year’s event.
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. 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.
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 or by calling (213) 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
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.
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