American Cancer Society’s California Spirit 33 at Sony Studios on July 15th- Preview, Tickets


American Cancer Society honors Chef Ming Tsai, with Chef Javier Plascencia as Host Chef and Chef Jason Fullilove as Culinary Chair


LOS ANGELES – May 23, 2018– The American Cancer Society will gather top LA restaurateurs and California vintners for the American Cancer Society’s California Spirit 33 at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City to honor Chef Ming Tsai for his inspiring work in the fight against cancer through his leadership of the national non-profit Family Reach.  This signature event will be hosted by celebrated Mexican Chef Javier Plascencia and stands out amongst peer events exemplified by its elegant garden party setting and carefully curated high-end restaurant and spirits partners.

Co-Founder Sherry Lansing (former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures, co-founder of Stand Up 2 Cancer) returns as Honorary Co-Chair with Phil Rosenthal (15-time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and “Somebody Feed Phil”).

“It is my privilege to serve once again as Honorary Co-Chair of California Spirit, alongside my friend Phil Rosenthal,” said Lansing. “Since co-founding this event 33 years ago, I have looked forward every year to celebrating the city’s finest chefs on this special day and, most important, having the opportunity to share and support the lifesaving mission of the American Cancer Society.”

Chef Ming Tsai, award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality and author, will be honored with the 2018 Impact Award for his inspiring work as an ally in the fight against cancer through his leadership of Family Reach, a national nonprofit dedicated to alleviating the financial burden of cancer.

The event will be hosted by celebrated chef, author, TV personality and public speaker, Chef Javier Plascencia.  He is renowned for his signature interpretation of the cuisine of Baja California, a state that he promotes with passion by using ingredients from the fields, farms and the sea of the region.  His cuisine is showcased in his award-winning restaurants in Baja including Misión 19, Finca Altozano, and most recently Jazamango.

“Cancer has hit my family close to home and we beat the odds,” said Plascencia.  “It is my honor to participate in the California Spirit Gourmet Garden Party to benefit the American Cancer Society and to be a voice of awareness to the Latino community.”

Chef Jason Fullilove, celebrated Chef & Owner of Barbara Jean LA is presiding as Culinary Chair for the event.  He has served as Executive Chef for Mark Peel at Campanile/Tar Pit as well as special events for the Michelin-starred Patina Restaurant Group.  In this distinguished role, Fullilove is curating the elite group of restaurants and beverage purveyors participating this year.

“I’ve had several close relatives diagnosed with cancer in the past two years,” said Fullilove.  “That made it real for me.  I want to do my part to help other families have hope that they can beat this disease.”

The much-awaited afternoon features live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and hearty samples of LA’s finest cuisine from the kitchens of 71 Above, Barbara Jean LA, The Bel-Air, BOA, Fig & Olive, Frida Mexican Cuisine, Guerilla Tacos, Kato, Life Energy Food, The Lobster, Maple Block Meat Co., McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Panini Kabob Grill, Pizzeria Mozza, Prawn Coastal, Takami Sushi & Robata, Sweet Lady Jane, The Wallace, Wolfgang Puck Catering, and Wood & Vine.   Libations will be poured by Ammunition Wine, Codigo 1530 Tequila, Danone Waters of America, Drake’s Organic Vodka & Rum, Golden Road Brewing, Hilltop Coffee, Lillet, Kikori Whiskey, Moraga Bel Air, Malibu Vineyards, and The Ojai Vineyard.

The event will also feature a performance by Band from TV, a powerhouse of well-known and acclaimed actors including: Greg Grunberg (drums), a veteran of shows such as “Alias” and “Felicity” as well as the NBC hit “Heroes”, Adrian Pasdar, from “Heroes” and “Desperate Housewives”; Scott Grimes from “American Dad” and “ER,”.  Rounding out the band are accomplished musicians Chris Kelley (Music Director), Barry Sarna (Eagles), David Leach (Ben Harper), Chris Mostert (Eagles) and child-star turned bass player Brad Savage.

Andrew Firestone will return once again to preside over the live auction.

Corporate and individual sponsors include at the Master Chef level ($25,000) – Centric Capital Advisors, Ellie Kanner and David Zuckerman.  Chef de Cuisine sponsors ($10,000) include Cedars Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Sam and Peggy Grossman, Sherry Lansing, New York Film Academy Foundation, and Phil & Monica Rosenthal.  Supporters at the Sous Chef level ($5,000) are Heyler Realty, Lynn Booth & Kent Kresa, SoCalGas, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Media sponsors include KTLA-TV, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Angeleno magazine and KJAZZ.

California Spirit 33 will also feature a special raffle for a 2018 Fusion Energi SE.   Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold and are available at the event and by mail or phone at $100 each.

Tickets to California Spirit 33 are $200 to $350 per person and can be purchased online at  Sponsorships opportunities are still available.  For information visit or contact Tommy Lee at (424) 702.3499  or  Donations can be made by simply texting “CAL” to 91999.


About the American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit


About Chef Jason Fullilove:

Chef Jason Fullilove is the chef/owner of Barbara Jean Los Angeles, a restaurant that focuses on globally inspired soul food. An evolving menu; made from scratch dishes with natural nutrient rich ingredients. Chef Fullilove is also Culinary Director of Hilltop Cafes opening summer 2018. Hilltop is bringing modern comfort food as well as some of LA’s cafe staples to the cities most historic neighborhoods. A passion for the culinary arts has taken Chef Jason Fullilove from his home in Ohio to the glitz and glamour of New York, the rhythms and spices of the Caribbean and now to the fresh food capital of the universe: California. For more information, visit

About Chef Ming Tsai:

Chef Ming Tsai is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality, and author being honored by the American Cancer Society at the 2018 California Spirit Food & Wine Gala for his inspiring work as an ally in the fight against cancer through his leadership with Family Reach, a national nonprofit dedicated to alleviating the financial burden of cancer. Family Reach is spearheading the national dialogue around cancer-related financial toxicity (CRFT), working with political leaders, healthcare institutions, corporations, and other community and non-profit leaders to implement tangible solutions that have an immediate impact. For more information, visit

About Chef Javier Plascensia:

Javier Plascencia combines his culinary work with surfing, creating a synergy that connects him more closely with the nature of this land. After 30 years of cross-border cooking, in the spring of 2017, Chef Javier Plascencia published his first cookbook. Javier Plascencia, The Soul of Baja is a chronicle of his experience growing up in Tijuana and the timeline of his culinary history. Javier Plascencia is a highly sought after public speaker and accepts requests for engagements to speak at seminars, festivals, and conferences inspiring both food enthusiasts and students to discover flavors and textures in foods, to create new techniques and to maximize their culinary potential. Javier Plascencia continues to work to promote creativity and products in Baja California and Northern Mexico.  For more information, visit